Building Community, Changing Lives

The Takoma Foundation raises funds to advance the social, environmental, economic, educational and cultural interests of the greater Takoma Park community. We focus our grant-giving on projects that empower individuals, break down barriers, build connections between people and expand community capacity.

Grantee Spotlight

Teen Community Garden

The Foundation takes pride in awarding “seed money” to start-up groups. But what about money to buy seeds? In 2011 we gave a grant that helped establish a hands-on garden for kids on the grounds of City Hall. Manure-based compost replaced fill dirt. Pole beans climbed up railings. Cherry tomatoes thrived as everyone’s favorite. Years later the garden’s success continues. Children learn where food comes from and the extra bounty goes to people in need. Among the Garden Crew’s all-star cast were former Azalea Award winners Cherwanda Oliver, Annie Mozer, Vineda Myers, Cindy Dyballa and the late Kay Daniels-Cohen (pictured above), who had the vision and made it happen.

Event Spotlight

Beerfest XI…Good Times for All

Takoma’s Favorite Night Out truly did “Go to 11” this year! Feedback from attendees, vendors, and everyone else in between was resoundingly positive. Thanks to all who participated—we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.

Awards Spotlight

2020 Azalea Awards 
Online Polls Now Open

Every year the Takoma Foundation recognizes folks in Greater Takoma (i.e., Takoma Park and the immediately adjacent neighborhoods) who strive to serve our community in a variety of ways—seen and behind the scenes. This year, 42 nominees across eleven categories have been selected for the final ballot. We’re proud to live among so many people who’ve committed themselves to making a difference and changing lives. Join us in honoring them by casting your vote between now and Thursday, February 20 using the link below.
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