To invest in visionary leaders and effective community-based nonprofits working to improve the lives of low-income people in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
About the Organization:
The foundation was established by Eugene Meyer — an investment banker who also served as head of the War Finance Corporation, chairman of the Federal Reserve, founding president of the World Bank, and owner, publisher, and board chair of the Washington Post— and his wife, Agnes Ernst Meyer, a journalist, literary translator, author, and advocate for a variety of causes, most notably public education. From the 1950s through the 1970s, the foundation helped to create any number of civic, social, and cultural institutions in the Washington, D.C. area, and funded research, bricks and mortar, and a variety of demonstration projects. In recent decades, its work has focused on finding solutions to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, chronic poverty, and the lack of capacity among nonprofits and the nonprofit sector in general. Julie L. Rogers, who has served as president and CEO of the foundation since 1986, has announced that she will step down in June 2014.
The Meyer Foundation currently makes grants in four areas: education, with a focus on advancing public education reform and helping low-income children transition successfully into elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education; healthy communities, with the aim of ensuring access to primary health care and essential services and advocating for public policies that strengthen the safety net, reduce poverty, and improve the lives of low-income families; economic security, with a focus on workforce development, legal rights and benefits for low-income people, and services that promote financial stability and economic mobility among low-income workers; and a strong nonprofit sector, with the aim of enhancing grantees' leadership, impact, and sustainability. In addition, the foundation supports programs in management assistance and sustainable individual giving.
Visitors to the site can learn about the foundation's approach, what it supports, and its impact in the national capital region; browse grantee highlights; or sign up for the foundation’s e-newsletter. Nonprofit organizations can learn how to apply for grants online, while current grantees can find tips for communicating about grants received and submitting grant reports.
Support for the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation comes primarily from its endowment.