COVID Community Fund - DC Area Children & Families

In response to rising needs of organizations serving children/teens and their families in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, the Ernest & Rose Samuels Foundation is launching the COVID Community Fund for DC Area Children and Families.

Our family foundation has been in operation for 43 years and we are proud to bring this fund into fruition to involve more of our extended networks, communities, and family members in COVID related response efforts. Our goal is to raise $60,000 from our broader community, where every donated dollar will be matched by two dollars from our foundation. This will triple the impact of every contribution.

This campaign kicks off for Giving Tuesday NOW  and lasts until the following Tuesday, May 12th. We are deeply encouraged by the possibility to maximize our collective funds to go towards six exceptional, pre-vetted organizations serving D.C. area children/teens and their families during the COVID crisis. Four of these organizations are former grantees of our foundation, and two organizations have come highly recommended through other foundations/grantmakers as part of our response effort. 

The six grantee organizations receiving these funds are: Life Pieces to Masterpieces ; Jubilee JumpstartSafe Shores; Generation Hope; Dreaming Out Loud ; and Mother of Light Center

On our website you can find historical information about our foundation, FAQs about this campaign, and more information about the six grantee organizations who will receive every dollar of the funds raised through this campaign. 

It is with incredible hope, an ambitious goal, and utmost respect for our D.C. area community in need that we welcome you, our extended community and family, to be a part of this campaign. 

Let's support our neighbors, let's dream big, and let's ensure that children/teens and their families get as much support as possible during this challenging time. 

With incredible gratitude for your generous support,
Deborah Feldheim,
President, The Ernest & Rose Samuels Foundation

P.S. We dream to infuse as much community-feel and surprises as part of your contribution to this fund! Upon the day of your contribution, you will receive a customized donor letter and a tax deductible receipt.  You, too, will be celebrated in this beautiful act of showing up, giving what you can, and uplifting our community. 

  • Karyne Messina 
    • $100 
    • 25 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 25 mos
    • $30 
    • 25 mos
  • Daniela de-Carvalho-Matielo 
    • $10 
    • 25 mos
  • Donna Cerasani 
    • $25 
    • 25 mos
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Deborah Feldheim - Ernest and Rose Samuels Foundation 
Washington D.C., DC