Areas of Charitable Giving

COVID-19 and RZ

Relief ShipAlthough the worldwide pandemic has changed the ways many charities must dispense their services, COVID-19 has only deepened our conviction that racial inequities are deadly. With natural disasters like Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Australian wildfires becoming alarmingly commonplace, we are grateful to have placed our faith in science and the organizations helping communities recover. At this juncture, we are prioritizing 501(c)(3)s in a position to do the most good for the most vulnerable groups during the pre-vaccine phase of the pandemic.

Keeping it Local

Several of our longtime grantees are specific to the Northern Virginia/greater Metro region and the Shenandoah Valley: WMRA, Valley Mission, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Cat’s Cradle, Project Grows, the Fairfax County Parks Department, and Staunton Public Library, among others. Nonprofits based in these areas should consider approaching the RZF with a grant proposal.

Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) – Provides services throughout the greater Washington DC area for causes ranging from Autism Spectrum Disorders to Adoption Services and Parenting Programs to Life Skills Training.

So Others Might Eat (SOME) – provides food, clothing, and health services for the homeless population of DC.

Fairfax County Park Foundation – Raises money to help develop community park land, facilities and Services

Promoting National Programs

Rebuilding Together – Repairs, modifies and improves the homes in order to provide safe and healthy living arrangements for low-income Americans

Slow Food USA – Supports the production and distribution of food that is good for the consumer, producer and the planet

Providing International Aid

American Red Cross (Disaster Relief) – Aids the victims of natural disasters to prevent and relieve suffering.

B’nai B’rith International Aide – Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy organization. Working for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and tolerance, and providing relief for victims of natural disasters.

Grameen Foundation – Seeks to empower and improve the lives of the world’s poor by investing in and promoting local ownership and entrepreneurship.

Supporting Mental Health Organizations

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) – Award grants for the study and treatment of mental illness.

Tomorrow’s Rainbow – provide grieving children, teens and their families an emotionally safe environment for hope and healing through guidance and support.

Encouraging Conservation

World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) – Protect and restore species and their habitats, strengthen local communities’ ability to conserve the natural resources they depend upon, transform markets and policies to reduce the impact of the production and consumption of commodities, mobilize hundreds of millions of people to support conservation.

The Humane Society of the United States – Works to improve the lives of animals through advocating better laws, providing emergency rescue and care, and maintaining shelters, clinics and rehabilitation centers.

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