- Assets: $590,983,904 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $21,624,544 (2009)
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation was established in 1948 by Morris Cafritz, who was one of Washington, D.C.'s major commercial and residential real estate builders. His wife, Gwendolyn, served as the Foundation's President from 1964 to 1988. Today its Chairman, President, and CEO is the Cafritz's eldest son, Calvin, who in 2002 earned more than $450,000 for his work with the Foundation. In May 2006, Rose Ann Cleveland was named the Executive Director of the Foundation. She previously served as Director of Programming for the Washington Performing Arts Society, and Associate Director of Programming at the University of Maryland.
The Caftritz Foundation's philanthropy is focused exclusively on organizations that are either based in, or conduct some of their activities in, the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Because Washington is a mostly black city with a very high out-of-wedlock birth rate, major portions of Cafritz grants are earmarked for programs that address the economic and social challenges faced by that population. In addition, the Foundation gives strong support to pro-abortion groups, gay lobby groups, homeless rights advocates, English as a Second Language programs, substance-abuse treatment centers, radical environmentalist organizations, civil rights groups, and groups that advocate expanded rights for illegal aliens.
Among the Cafritz Foundation’s recent grantees are the Alliance for Justice; the Brookings Institution; the Center for Community Change; the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; the EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund; Environmental Media Services; Friends of the Earth; the Humane Society of the United States (a radical “animal-rights” group, not to be confused with the American Humane Association, which is a bona fide animal welfare group); the National Peace Foundation; the Natural Resources Defense Council; Planned Parenthood; the Sierra Club; and the Tides Center and the Tides Foundation.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, click here.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)