The Foundation’s goal is to build candid, collaborative relationships based on ambitious goal setting, thought partnership, and trust. As a spend-down foundation, we strive to empower our grantees to continue leading meaningful, lasting change long after our sunset. Our flexible and responsive approach encourages grantees to pursue measurable outcomes while sharing best practices, challenges and lessons learned.
We remember our roots
A college scholarship made Mr. Clark’s path to success possible. We have supported engineering education at over a dozen colleges and universities by expanding access for a high quality, well-rounded engineering education to over 700 students, improving school facilities and recruiting the best faculty.
We invest in our region
Our investments help to build the capacity of key community anchors, high-quality schools, maternal and infant health programs, and college persistence organizations in the Washington, DC region.
We honor those who served
We recognize the sacrifice of many for the freedoms we enjoy and support veterans and their families with investments in education, health care services, job placement, family and community support.
We are nimble
During the 2019 government shutdown and the COVID-19 pandemic, we have provided grantees with general operating support to weather unexpected challenges.
We value our history
Our predecessor organization, the Clark Charitable Foundation, engaged in local grantmaking for 26 years, investing over $58,600,000 in nearly 580 organizations. This work endures through the support of a number of organizations of historical significance to Foundation leadership and the Clark family.