Letter to the Community

Yanique Redwood, PhD, MPH
President and CEO
David Harrington
Chair, Board of Trustees

As we write this letter, the country we live in is radically different than the country that we lived in 10 years ago. Some of the challenges that communities of color face are the same—structural racism that limits our ability to enjoy nourishing food, health-supporting neighborhoods and the fruits of a secure living wage job; diminished wealth to weather financial storms; and learning in schools that erase our identities and funnel us into the prison pipeline. Other challenges feel new and downright scary—the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on our communities, a re-emergence of the most obvious forms of white supremacy and an increase in hate crimes directed toward people of color. As a result, CHF’s forthcoming strategic plan is designed to match these new challenges that are in the way of our vision for Black people and people of the global majority—that we live powerfully, abundantly and beautifully in healthy, self-determined communities free of social, economic and ideological violence.

This letter serves to highlight what we have learned over the past ten years. These lessons provide fertile ground for our plan for the next 10 years.

  • CHF has embarked on a community-centered transformation that seeks to blur the lines between philanthropy and community. The act of doing so has raised all kinds of questions about what transformative leadership looks like in organizations and how power is shared and ceded. We will make these lessons available to the sector.
  • We now fully understand the famous quote by Frederick Douglas – power concedes nothing without a demand. Therefore, we have increased and will continue increasing our support for power building and community organizing.
  • Twelve years ago, we transformed our grantmaking to focus on advocacy for systems change. From our field-building approach to advocacy we learned that it takes all kinds of capacities to move an advocacy agenda. We need policy analysts, strategic communicators, coalition builders, community organizers and others. However, there are certain parts of the field that are under resourced. Community organizing is one of them. This is another reason for our deepening commitment to this part of the field.
  • We agree with author adrienne marie brown that our movements are missing pleasure, and we need more rest, joy, healing, love, relationship and culture. We fight and struggle, and that is important. But, we also need fuel for the work. As such, we have been practicing healing justice internally and will more intentionally support healing justice externally in the coming years.
  • While we have focused our work over the years on race and class, we have missed an important intersection that includes gender and gender identity. We are building the muscle to analyze issues and practice philanthropy in intersectional ways.
  • Finally, we have battled with ourselves at each evolution of our work. Are we still a health foundation? We have asked that question an uncountable number of times. On the low, we still ask this question from time to time, but we are beginning to fully embrace that the work we do to disrupt longstanding systems undergirded by anti-Black racism and white supremacy IS health. There really is no health without justice.

We are excited to embark on a new journey. We are grateful for all the partners we have worked with along the way, especially our nonprofit partners who are listed in this annual report all of whom are working to advance racial equity and justice.

We look forward to the next 10 years.

Grantmaking Overview

Asian American Lead

Asian American Lead

$5,000

To organize workshops on Asian Pacific American identity and cross-racial dialogues with youth.

Black Swan Academy

Black Swan Academy

$5,000

To hold a racial equity and organizing retreat for youth leaders.

Bread for the City

Bread for the City

$25,000

To advocate for affordable housing.

CASA

CASA

$25,000

To organize low-income, immigrant workers and their families, advocate for workers’ rights, and build community wealth.

Census 2020 Count DMV in Fund/Greater Washington Community Foundation

Census 2020 Count DMV in Fund/Greater Washington Community Foundation

$100,000

To support the Census 2020 Count DMV In Fund, a funding partnership that will work to ensure a complete and accurate Census count in the Washington, DC region by supporting outreach to hard-to-reach populations.

Centreville Immigration Forum

Centreville Immigration Forum

$5,000

To support the organizing of women and youth.

Financial Statements

STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
as of December 31, 2019 and 2018

(unaudited)

2019

2018

Assets

Cash & cash equivalents

$1,003,693

$1,649,940

Investments

$25,058,177

$22,169,311

Program related investments

$100,000

$100,000

Receivables, net

$56,153

$90,455

Prepaid expenses and other assets

$15,413

$33,490

Total Assets

$26,233,436

$24,043,196

Liabilities & Net Assets

Liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$38,216

$39,306

Accounts payable, program close out

$-

$115,649

Deferred lease incentive

$-

$11,166

Deferred excise taxes

$53,592

$98,669

Other liabilities

$-

$7,003

Total Liabilities

$91,808

$271,793

Net Assets

Net assets without donor restrictions

$26,141,628

$23,771,403

Net assets with donor restrictions

$-

$-

Total Net Assets

$26,141,628

$23,771,403

Total Liabilites & Net Assets

$26,233,436

$24,043,196

STATEMENTS OF ACTIVITIES
for the Years Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

(unaudited)

2019

2018

Net Assets Without Donor Restrictions

Revenue and Other Support

Unrealized gains (losses), net

$3,861,630

$(1,935,989)

Realized gains

$379,791

$779,465

Interest and dividends

$299,319

$282,124

Grants

$28,010

$107,977

Rental Income

$30,579

$59,208

In-Kind

$3,375

$-

Other income

$384

$1,323

Release of net assets from restrictions

$-

$143,830

Total Revenue and Other Support

$4,603,088

$(562,062)

Expenses

Program Services

$1,955,214

$1,901,239

Management and general

$277,649

$302,003

Total Expenses

$2,232,863

$2,203,242

CHANGE IN NET ASSETS WITHOUT DONOR RESTRICTIONS

$2,370,225

$(2,765,304)

Net Assets with Donor Restrictions

Grants

$-

$165,649

Release of net assets from restrictions

$-

$(143,830)

Change in Net Assets With Donor Restrictions Before Non-operating Activities

$-

$21,819

Non-operating Activities
Transfer of other RPCC funds to Greater Washington Community Foundation

Transfer of RPCC funds

$-

$(165,469)

Changes in Net Assets With Donor Restrictions After Non-operating Activities

$-

$(143,830)

Change in Net Assets$2,370,225$(2,909,134)Net assets, beginning of year$23,771,403$26,680,537

Net assets, end of year$26,141,628$23,771,403

Board & Staff

Board of Trustees

David Harrington,
Chair

Wendy Chun-Hoon,
Vice Chair/Assistant Secretary

David Zuckerman,
Secretary/Treasurer

Tony Burns

Tanya M. Edelin

Yazzmine Holley-Anderson

Tonya Vidal Kinlow

Jacquelyn L. Lendsey

Dilcia Margott Molina Sanchez

Elizabeth H. Patterson,
until June 2019

Darakshan Raja

Yanique Redwood

Silvia Salazar

Deborah Smith

Art Stevens

Aydin Tuncer

Robert Warren

Alan Reed Weil

Foundation Staff

Kendra Allen

Yanique Redwood

Temi F. Bennett, Esq.

Nia Nyamweya

Ria Pugeda

Nivosoa Robjhon

Board & Staff Diversity

CHF Board Race and Ethnicity Composition

6%Asian/Pacific Islander
50%African American
11%Hispanic/Latino
22%Caucasian
11%Mixed Race

CHF Board Sexual Orientation Composition

89%Heterosexual
11%LGBQIA

CHF Board Gender/Gender Identity Composition

67%Female
33%Male
0%Transgender

CHF Board Age Range Composition

17%Under 35
33%35-50
33%51-64
17%65 or older

CHF Staff Race and Ethnicity Composition

17%Asian/Pacific Islander
66%African American
0%Hispanic
0%Caucasian
17%Mixed Race

CHF Staff Sexual Orientation Composition

83%Heterosexual
17%LGBQIA

CHF Staff Gender/Gender Identity Composition

100%Female
0%Male
0%Transgender

CHF Staff Age Range Composition

33%Under 35
50%35-50
17%51-64
0%65 or older