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About our group

Next grant deadline: Sunday, April 18
Have an idea to make DC more awesome? Watch this grant applicant guide, read our example grant guide, and apply for a $1,000 grant!
(Fysa, upcoming future monthly grant deadlines: May 16, June 20th, July 18th.)

What is Awesome Foundation DC?
We are a giving circle collective of DC residents who help fund a wide spectrum of amazing arts, culture, and community experiences, ranging from the founding Funk Parade to the Indiana Jones and The Alley of Doom to seed-bombing Capitol Hill to DC Bike Party's Sound Bike to Hand-Dancing, a DC-originated style of Swing dancing to skateboarding Santa Clauses to recycled flower arrangements for senior centers, community groups and low-income housing to community hackathons to youth literacy programs at local laundromats to community gardens to human-dog communication training workshops to Floor Charts tracking Congressional charts (so DC!).


Our group and grant winners have been featured in The New York Times, The BBC, NPR, WAMU, 730DC, The Hill Rag, Fox 5, Brightest Young Things, PBS Newshour, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, DCist, Washington City Paper, ABC 7, Brightest Young Things (again!), DCist (again!), Capitol Hill Rag, CBS WUSA 9, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper (again!), Advancing Philanthropy Magazine, DC Inno, Brightest Young Things, Petworth News, East of the River News, Washington Post (again!), Congress Heights on the Rise, and at Creative Mornings DC.

We are entirely volunteer-run and self-funded from Trustees and use the following four evaluation criteria for funding projects that help the city of Washington DC be more awesome. Any grant applicant should answer and address these four areas:

#1 - Is it awesome? (Is it unique? Interesting? Impactful? There's all sorts of types of awesome.)
#2 - Does it directly benefit the city of Washington DC? (We put heavy weight on supporting our tiny city/state and the awesomeness within. Fyi, there are Awesome North Virginia and Baltimore chapters, so if your project is focused on those regions you might consider applying there.)
#3 - Will $1,000 make an actual impact? (Some organizations are super-well funded so we focus on helping individuals and small groups to fund new, small but mighty projects that $1,000 will actually make a difference.)
#4 - Is it immediately actionable? (Similar to the actual impact, we heavily prefer projects that are a month or two away, so that the money can create immediate awesome impact in the community. If your project is a year away, wait to apply for a better chance at getting the grant.)


We also created quick video guide to help you apply for a grant:
Have a project that meets those 4 criteria? Apply now! We award grants every month!



Background Information, Grant & Trustee Guides and Frequently Asked Questions:

Awesome DC Grant Applicant Guide, Pro Tips & FAQ
Awesome DC Trustee Guide & FAQ
Tax Deductible Donation Guide & FAQ
Awesome Foundation DC Press Information
Have a question or is something missing in these guides? Email DC [at] awesomefoundation.org


Love what we are doing and want to support the group?
We are an entirely volunteer-driven organization and completely self-funded by trustees' own money. In previous years, we've run audit of all of our finances and grants and found that our operating expenses are a mere 3.3% overhead (mainly spent on bank fees, our domain name and a batch of stickers we ordered to promote the group). That means 96.7% of all money that comes into the Awesome Foundation DC goes directly to funding grants in the community. This is pretty much unheard of in the nonprofit world. Want to help us fund more grants? There are many ways you can participate:

Interested in becoming a trustee and/or funding a trustee spot? Read more!
Buy some Awesome DC gear:From t-shirts to hot leggings to cornhole sets!
Donations: We can take anonymous donations to help fund our projects if you'd prefer that:
Check or tax-deductible donations: Contact DC [at] awesomefoundation.org for details
Venmo: Send funds to AwesomeFoundationDC
Paypal: Send funds to paypal.me/awesomefoundationdc
Spread the word about us! Tell your friends, post on social media, encourage people to apply and evangelize the grants we give and Grantees we select!



Connect with us on social media to learn more about grant deadlines, awards & Awesome projects in DC:

Twitter.com/Awesome_DC
Facebook.com/AwesomeFoundationDC
Instagram.com/AwesomeFoundationDC
Linkedin.com/company/awesome-foundation-dc
Or via our monthly email newsletter...





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Background info on The Awesome Foundation & the DC chapter:
The Awesome Foundation is an international organization with nearly one hundred chapters around the world helping fund community, culture and arts projects that make the world more awesome and unique. Awesome Foundation chapters are entirely volunteer-run and self-funded through trustee donations. The 90+ independent chapters around the world that have have funded more than $5 million in grants globally. The Awesome Foundation holds the semi-annual Awesome Summit, in which all our autonomous chapters share best practices and bond with others Awesome folks from around the world. We hosted the Summit in 2017.
The DC Chapter of the Awesome Foundation was founded in 2010 and has given more than $100,000 to the local community for awesome projects. We pick our monthly grant winners usually at the end of each month and notify all applicants after the selection has been made. Here's a map of where our grants have been awarded in DC:



Learn more about the Awesome Foundation DC, from the Founding Dean, Bonnie Shaw (who is now spreading Awesomeness in Australia):



Founded first in Boston in 2009, each Awesome Foundation local chapter distributes monthly $1,000 microgrants, no strings attached, to projects and creators. At each fully autonomous and local chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing, volunteer “Trustees” and given in cash to the grant winner each month.
Learn more about the Awesome Foundation vision from the New York trustees on CCTV:




Diversity & Inclusion:
The trustees of the Awesome Foundation DC are committed to supporting and embracing the diversity of the vibrant DC community. We acknowledge we are not as diverse as we should be to represent DC at the moment. While we cap the number of trustees at any given time to make sure the group is manageable, when we have openings for Full Time Trustees, we actively seek out diverse individuals who can commit and contribute to the group. If you or someone you know is interested, please read more about the Trustee experience and different roles in the Trustee FAQ and contact us at DC [at] awesomefoundation.org. Even if no openings are currently available please reach out, we value new, diverse voices in the room and would love to have you as a guest and keep you in the loop when openings are available. We also seek to fund diverse grant proposals and try to fund different projects that will affect large groups from different communities and spread awesome experiences to the diverse populous of Washington D.C. We try to not fund too many of any of the same type of event (for instance, community gardens or several book proposals, etc.) and are working to seek out and identify new grant opportunities in all of DC’s wards. For more grant applicant advice, please see our written guide and watch our video tutorial.

Stupendous Sponsors:

Sascha Meinrath, former Full Trustee, Trustee of the Awesome Foundation State College chapter, Founder of the Open Tech Institute, and whose Acorn Active Media Foundation is our fiscal sponsor allowing for tax-deductible donations.

Kristin Tracz is an Awesome Foundation DC Floater Trustee AND a Behind the Scenes Trustee sponsoring one of our Full Trustee positions to help us better represent the diversity of the DC community. She grew up in the DMV and is excited to be part of the Awesome Foundation making our DC community even more awesome.

Shana Glickfield is a former Awesome Foundation DC Dean and founding Full Trustee, who sponsors one of our Full Trustee positions to help us better represent the diversity of the DC community.

Are you interested in helping support Awesome DC as a Behind the Scenes Trustee? Learn more in the Trustee guide or contact us at DC [at] awesomefoundation.org.



DC Chapter Shout Outs:
We'd like to send out a special thank you to Bonnie Shaw, our chapter founder and founding Dean, and Shana Glickfield, Alex Dickinson, and Will Sullivan our longest-lived Deans, each serving more than half a decade, who helped shape AFDC to be the successful, model chapter it is in the Awesome Foundation network and DC philanthropy scene. Also, thanks go to recent past trustees and contributors for their awesome service! We continue to fund and celebrate awesomeness following their example:

Martin Austermuhle
Alex Barth
Sam Bishop
Steph Bloch Newman
Rob Bole
Brad Bosserman
Todd Bowers
Austin Clemens
Claire Corbett
Peter Corbett
Joel Daly
Alex Dickinson
Mark Drapeau
Johann Ducharme
Nick Farina
Whitney Fisler
Melissa Flagg
Vanessa French
Abigail Friedman
Dan Gordon
Kate Gorman
Garlin Gilchrist
Shana Glickfield
Bill Gray
Danny Harris
Joanna Hoffschneider
Ryan Holladay
Julie Hord
Max Horwitz
Alex Howard
Philippa Hughes
Gene Keselman
Jon Long
Miriam Magdieli
Adam Martin
Caroline Martin
Laurenellen McCann
Sean McDonald
Sascha Meinrath
Chris Mihm
Erik Moe
Amy Morse
Ellen Miller
Eric Mill
Barbara Mullinex
Yantee Neufville
Caitie Ofiesh
Akiba Perry
Karolle Rabarison
Marty Ringlein
Miriam Schwedt
Will Sullivan
Krystal Thomas
Frank Tobia
Sarah Wald
Kali Wasenko
Kevin Webb
Erica Williams
Catharine Young




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$116,000
Total Raised
9
Total Donors

Network Affiliation

With 89 chapters spanning 14+ countries, The Awesome Foundation is dedicated to advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Projects range from social issues to cultural and arts initiatives, all reflecting the diversity of The Awesome Foundation.

Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Typical grant size $1,000

Contact dc@awesomefoundation.org

About our group

Next grant deadline: Sunday, April 18
Have an idea to make DC more awesome? Watch this grant applicant guide, read our example grant guide, and apply for a $1,000 grant!
(Fysa, upcoming future monthly grant deadlines: May 16, June 20th, July 18th.)

What is Awesome Foundation DC?
We are a giving circle collective of DC residents who help fund a wide spectrum of amazing arts, culture, and community experiences, ranging from the founding Funk Parade to the Indiana Jones and The Alley of Doom to seed-bombing Capitol Hill to DC Bike Party's Sound Bike to Hand-Dancing, a DC-originated style of Swing dancing to skateboarding Santa Clauses to recycled flower arrangements for senior centers, community groups and low-income housing to community hackathons to youth literacy programs at local laundromats to community gardens to human-dog communication training workshops to Floor Charts tracking Congressional charts (so DC!).


Our group and grant winners have been featured in The New York Times, The BBC, NPR, WAMU, 730DC, The Hill Rag, Fox 5, Brightest Young Things, PBS Newshour, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, DCist, Washington City Paper, ABC 7, Brightest Young Things (again!), DCist (again!), Capitol Hill Rag, CBS WUSA 9, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper (again!), Advancing Philanthropy Magazine, DC Inno, Brightest Young Things, Petworth News, East of the River News, Washington Post (again!), Congress Heights on the Rise, and at Creative Mornings DC.

We are entirely volunteer-run and self-funded from Trustees and use the following four evaluation criteria for funding projects that help the city of Washington DC be more awesome. Any grant applicant should answer and address these four areas:

#1 - Is it awesome? (Is it unique? Interesting? Impactful? There's all sorts of types of awesome.)
#2 - Does it directly benefit the city of Washington DC? (We put heavy weight on supporting our tiny city/state and the awesomeness within. Fyi, there are Awesome North Virginia and Baltimore chapters, so if your project is focused on those regions you might consider applying there.)
#3 - Will $1,000 make an actual impact? (Some organizations are super-well funded so we focus on helping individuals and small groups to fund new, small but mighty projects that $1,000 will actually make a difference.)
#4 - Is it immediately actionable? (Similar to the actual impact, we heavily prefer projects that are a month or two away, so that the money can create immediate awesome impact in the community. If your project is a year away, wait to apply for a better chance at getting the grant.)


We also created quick video guide to help you apply for a grant:
Have a project that meets those 4 criteria? Apply now! We award grants every month!



Background Information, Grant & Trustee Guides and Frequently Asked Questions:

Awesome DC Grant Applicant Guide, Pro Tips & FAQ
Awesome DC Trustee Guide & FAQ
Tax Deductible Donation Guide & FAQ
Awesome Foundation DC Press Information
Have a question or is something missing in these guides? Email DC [at] awesomefoundation.org


Love what we are doing and want to support the group?
We are an entirely volunteer-driven organization and completely self-funded by trustees' own money. In previous years, we've run audit of all of our finances and grants and found that our operating expenses are a mere 3.3% overhead (mainly spent on bank fees, our domain name and a batch of stickers we ordered to promote the group). That means 96.7% of all money that comes into the Awesome Foundation DC goes directly to funding grants in the community. This is pretty much unheard of in the nonprofit world. Want to help us fund more grants? There are many ways you can participate:

Interested in becoming a trustee and/or funding a trustee spot? Read more!
Buy some Awesome DC gear:From t-shirts to hot leggings to cornhole sets!
Donations: We can take anonymous donations to help fund our projects if you'd prefer that:
Check or tax-deductible donations: Contact DC [at] awesomefoundation.org for details
Venmo: Send funds to AwesomeFoundationDC
Paypal: Send funds to paypal.me/awesomefoundationdc
Spread the word about us! Tell your friends, post on social media, encourage people to apply and evangelize the grants we give and Grantees we select!



Connect with us on social media to learn more about grant deadlines, awards & Awesome projects in DC:

Twitter.com/Awesome_DC
Facebook.com/AwesomeFoundationDC
Instagram.com/AwesomeFoundationDC
Linkedin.com/company/awesome-foundation-dc
Or via our monthly email newsletter...





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Background info on The Awesome Foundation & the DC chapter:
The Awesome Foundation is an international organization with nearly one hundred chapters around the world helping fund community, culture and arts projects that make the world more awesome and unique. Awesome Foundation chapters are entirely volunteer-run and self-funded through trustee donations. The 90+ independent chapters around the world that have have funded more than $5 million in grants globally. The Awesome Foundation holds the semi-annual Awesome Summit, in which all our autonomous chapters share best practices and bond with others Awesome folks from around the world. We hosted the Summit in 2017.
The DC Chapter of the Awesome Foundation was founded in 2010 and has given more than $100,000 to the local community for awesome projects. We pick our monthly grant winners usually at the end of each month and notify all applicants after the selection has been made. Here's a map of where our grants have been awarded in DC:



Learn more about the Awesome Foundation DC, from the Founding Dean, Bonnie Shaw (who is now spreading Awesomeness in Australia):



Founded first in Boston in 2009, each Awesome Foundation local chapter distributes monthly $1,000 microgrants, no strings attached, to projects and creators. At each fully autonomous and local chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing, volunteer “Trustees” and given in cash to the grant winner each month.
Learn more about the Awesome Foundation vision from the New York trustees on CCTV:




Diversity & Inclusion:
The trustees of the Awesome Foundation DC are committed to supporting and embracing the diversity of the vibrant DC community. We acknowledge we are not as diverse as we should be to represent DC at the moment. While we cap the number of trustees at any given time to make sure the group is manageable, when we have openings for Full Time Trustees, we actively seek out diverse individuals who can commit and contribute to the group. If you or someone you know is interested, please read more about the Trustee experience and different roles in the Trustee FAQ and contact us at DC [at] awesomefoundation.org. Even if no openings are currently available please reach out, we value new, diverse voices in the room and would love to have you as a guest and keep you in the loop when openings are available. We also seek to fund diverse grant proposals and try to fund different projects that will affect large groups from different communities and spread awesome experiences to the diverse populous of Washington D.C. We try to not fund too many of any of the same type of event (for instance, community gardens or several book proposals, etc.) and are working to seek out and identify new grant opportunities in all of DC’s wards. For more grant applicant advice, please see our written guide and watch our video tutorial.

Stupendous Sponsors:

Sascha Meinrath, former Full Trustee, Trustee of the Awesome Foundation State College chapter, Founder of the Open Tech Institute, and whose Acorn Active Media Foundation is our fiscal sponsor allowing for tax-deductible donations.

Kristin Tracz is an Awesome Foundation DC Floater Trustee AND a Behind the Scenes Trustee sponsoring one of our Full Trustee positions to help us better represent the diversity of the DC community. She grew up in the DMV and is excited to be part of the Awesome Foundation making our DC community even more awesome.

Shana Glickfield is a former Awesome Foundation DC Dean and founding Full Trustee, who sponsors one of our Full Trustee positions to help us better represent the diversity of the DC community.

Are you interested in helping support Awesome DC as a Behind the Scenes Trustee? Learn more in the Trustee guide or contact us at DC [at] awesomefoundation.org.



DC Chapter Shout Outs:
We'd like to send out a special thank you to Bonnie Shaw, our chapter founder and founding Dean, and Shana Glickfield, Alex Dickinson, and Will Sullivan our longest-lived Deans, each serving more than half a decade, who helped shape AFDC to be the successful, model chapter it is in the Awesome Foundation network and DC philanthropy scene. Also, thanks go to recent past trustees and contributors for their awesome service! We continue to fund and celebrate awesomeness following their example:

Martin Austermuhle
Alex Barth
Sam Bishop
Steph Bloch Newman
Rob Bole
Brad Bosserman
Todd Bowers
Austin Clemens
Claire Corbett
Peter Corbett
Joel Daly
Alex Dickinson
Mark Drapeau
Johann Ducharme
Nick Farina
Whitney Fisler
Melissa Flagg
Vanessa French
Abigail Friedman
Dan Gordon
Kate Gorman
Garlin Gilchrist
Shana Glickfield
Bill Gray
Danny Harris
Joanna Hoffschneider
Ryan Holladay
Julie Hord
Max Horwitz
Alex Howard
Philippa Hughes
Gene Keselman
Jon Long
Miriam Magdieli
Adam Martin
Caroline Martin
Laurenellen McCann
Sean McDonald
Sascha Meinrath
Chris Mihm
Erik Moe
Amy Morse
Ellen Miller
Eric Mill
Barbara Mullinex
Yantee Neufville
Caitie Ofiesh
Akiba Perry
Karolle Rabarison
Marty Ringlein
Miriam Schwedt
Will Sullivan
Krystal Thomas
Frank Tobia
Sarah Wald
Kali Wasenko
Kevin Webb
Erica Williams
Catharine Young




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$116,000
Total Raised
9
Total Donors

Network Affiliation

With 89 chapters spanning 14+ countries, The Awesome Foundation is dedicated to advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Projects range from social issues to cultural and arts initiatives, all reflecting the diversity of The Awesome Foundation.

Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Typical grant size $1,000

Contact dc@awesomefoundation.org

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