The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) activated the DowntownDC Foundation to serve as a vehicle for philanthropic initiatives aligned with the BID’s mission. Since COVID-19, the Foundation has worked daily to support individuals experiencing homelessness in DowntownDC, supporting meal and PPE distribution to a growing number of people in need during this challenging time and rise to meet new challenges created by the pandemic.
The Foundation was created to directly address four core areas:
- Franklin Park: The renovation of DowntownDC’s largest green space into a premier urban park, which will be operated and managed by the BID upon its reopening
- Homeless Services: Support and services for individuals experiencing homelessness, including services offered through the Downtown Day Services Center and the DC Landlord Partnership Fund
- Public Space Revitalization: Infrastructure improvements to additional parks and plazas and public art including the New York Avenue Arts Allee
- Events and Programming: Cultural and social impact programming, building on existing community offerings
The DowntownDC Foundation supports the DowntownDC Business Improvement District’s (BID) philanthropic efforts by enhancing service to the DowntownDC community through homeless services, park revitalization, public art and programming and public space improvements.
The success of the BID’s work to enhance DowntownDC has created a greater demand for resources. The Foundation enables the BID to address the higher level of need to sustain a vibrant downtown economy.
The DowntownDC Foundation will not solicit funds from organizations or individuals aligned with racial, gender, or sexual discrimination or intolerance.