Bauman Foundation: Grants for Washington D.C. Metro Area

OVERVIEW: The Bauman Foundation supports education, arts, social justice, environmental health, toxics right to know, open government, civic participation, and healthcare in the D.C. Metro Area and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, social justice, environmental health, toxics right to know, open government, civic participation, healthcare

IP TAKE: Bauman rarely funds direct services and brick-and mortar projects, but this D.C. foundation appreciates long-term collaborative efforts.

PROFILE: Established in 1982, the Bauman Foundation is a family foundation based in Washington, D.C. This is the foundation of real estate investor, lawyer, and philanthropist Lionel R. Bauman. Bauman’s daughter, Patricia Bauman, and her husband became the foundation’s first co-directors, and Gary Bass serves as the current executive director. The foundation is “dedicated to achieving the values of a true democratic society – the common good and general welfare, as articulated in the Constitution.” It funds local efforts for education, arts, social justice, environmental health, toxics right to know, open government, civic participation, and healthcare.

The Bauman Foundation is committed to democracy and progressive political and social change. Economic justice through income inequality and federal tax policy are foundation interests, as well as non-partisan civic engagement and responsive government. Most grants are for general operating support and on a long-term basis. Overall, Bauman looks to fund advocacy efforts and systematic changes with its grants.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $100,000. Bauman awards approximately $6 million in grants each year and is intended to have perpetual life. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the foundation’s page for grant totals by fiscal year. Grantmaking focuses on the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and nationwide as well. Past local grantees include the Center for Community Change, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Washington Progress Fund, and D.C. Vote.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofit and identifies its own organizations to support. Direct general questions to the staff at 202-328-2040.

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