Grant Program

In August 2000, the WHF Foundation made its first grants to non-profits in metropolitan Washington, DC. The initial Foundation grants helped local organizations, with exemplary records, serve women and families in the areas of housing and finance. As of February 2017 the WHF Foundation has contributed nearly $600,000 to these local non-profit organizations through more than 125 grants, conducted more than 250 financial empowerment sessions, and provided $18,000 in student scholarships.

The WHF Foundation supports the following 6 organizations as partners: Congratulations to the following non-profit partners who received grants in 2016!

These partners are offering support services and often opportunities to help advance the financial empowerment of low-income and disadvantaged women and their families. Congratulations also to Trinity Washington University which received a Foundation grant for a scholarship to be awarded to a non-traditional woman student!

Grants are possible through generosity of WHF members, corporations and event sponsors who have support the WHF Foundation and its mission.

The WHF Foundation facilitates volunteer opportunities with its non-profit partners throughout the year. Current volunteer opportunities are listed on the Events Calendar as they are scheduled.

2017 Calvary Women's Services Third Volunteer Series

The WHF Foundation is pleased to announce the next schedule for its continuing Financial Empowerment program partnership with Calvary Women's Services residents.  The next 8-week session will be held October 31 to December 19, 2017.  Using the Foundation's "Changepurse Strategy" curriculum, the sessions are conducted by WHF volunteers on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.  Two volunteers will be scheduled for each session.  Calvary is located at 1217 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC.  For questions and to volunteer, please call the WHF Foundation at 703-683-4742 or WHF Foundation President Mary Martha Fortney at 703-507-4088.  Mary Martha can be emailed at

Learn more about this program by clicking here to read our FAQs.


WHF Foundation President, Mary Martha Fortney with graduates of Calvary Women’s Services 'Money Smart program. Over the past three years, volunteers from Women in Housing and Finance have taught 9 sessions of Money Smart, and have educated nearly 90 women at Calvary on topics like addressing credit issues, budgeting, and learning to save by “paying yourself first. Learn more here.

Operation HOPE
● Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future program provides an ongoing, delivery system for financial education for youth ages 9-18. Operation HOPE focuses on urban, under-served communities.

● Operation HOPE has opportunities for WHF volunteers to conduct the Banking on our Future curriculum to youths in schools in the DC metropolitan area. Volunteers are provided with training materials and a 2 hour train the trainer session prior to the event. Volunteers are trained to break down their knowledge of banking and credit into terms that youth can understand and utilize immediately.

● WHFF’s volunteer events with Operation HOPE are held twice a year, in the spring and fall.

The WHF Foundation is proud to partner with and support non-profit organizations in the community whose work supports our mission --helping women and their families in the DC area by providing charitable services and educational activities primarily housing support.

The WHF Foundation Partner Spotlight features stories of the work that WHF members are doing in the community with our partner organizations and beneficiaries of our grants and scholarships. Read these to learn more about how to become an active volunteer in our mission.

May 2016 Spotlight: WHF Foundation Board Members Serve Mothers' Day Brunch at Open Arms Housing

Contact the WHF Foundation at 703-683-4742 with any questions on volunteering with the WHF Foundation.

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