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Managing Director : The Community Foundation
Ronnie leads a team of content experts and grantmakers who are responsible for The Community Foundation's community leadership and discretionary funding programs that offer support in the areas of homelessness and housing, education, and workforce development. Prior to joining The Community Foundation Family, Ronnie was a part of the team at The Democracy Collaborative, serving as the Vice-President for Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy. In this work he and his team helped advance the Collaborative's work to interrogate, reimagine, and redesign local and regional economic systems to that they produce justice, equity, sustainability, and broadly held wealth. Ronnie is also a facilitator and leading voice in the region and around the country on issues of racial equity and reparative justice. He will be bringing this background to support the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s evolution as an organization that leads with racial equity in the region.


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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