Grant Program

In August 2000, the WHF Foundation made its first grants to non-profits in metropolitan Washington, DC. The initial Foundation grants helped local organizations, with exemplary records, serve women and families in the areas of housing and finance. As of February 2017 the WHF Foundation has contributed nearly $600,000 to these local non-profit organizations through more than 125 grants, conducted more than 250 financial empowerment sessions, and provided $18,000 in student scholarships.

The WHF Foundation supports the following 6 organizations as partners: Congratulations to the following non-profit partners who received grants in 2017!

These partners are offering support services and often opportunities to help advance the financial empowerment of low-income and disadvantaged women and their families. Congratulations also to Trinity Washington University which received a Foundation grant for a scholarship to be awarded to a non-traditional woman student!

Grants are possible through generosity of WHF members, corporations and event sponsors who have support the WHF Foundation and its mission.

WHF Foundation Pleased to Announce 2017 Scholarship Grant Winner

Women in Housing and Finance Foundation (WHFF) is excited to announce that through its partnership with Washington Trinity University, another scholarship grant has been awarded to a deserving student for the 2017-2018 school year. This year’s recipient is Jana Arias, an accounting major in her senior year of studies.

After graduating in May 2018, Ms. Arias intends to work in the accounting field with a plan to become a Certified Public Accountant. An outstanding student with a 3.917 GPA, she hails from the Czech Republic. In a note of thanks that she sent to WHFF, Ms. Arias conveyed the positive impact the scholarship has made on her life. “I would also like to thank you for your continued support of Trinity students,” she added.

The scholarship grant is made possible by the generous financial support of the WHFF by its members and by sponsoring organizations. Since 2005, WHFF has made grants totaling $30,000 for scholarships, 100% of which goes to support a continuing education female student selected by Trinity. The partnership is an enduring example of WHFF and Trinity’s shared commitment to education and opportunity. By helping to ease financial burdens, the WHFF scholarship empowers recipients to better learn, gain confidence, and prepare for a career path that sets them up for sustainable success and economic strength.

WHFF wishes Ms. Arias much continued success in her educational and professional journey.  "WHFF looks forward to its continuing partnership with Trinity Washington University long into the future," added WHFF President Mary Martha Fortney.

The WHF Foundation facilitates volunteer opportunities with its non-profit partners throughout the year. Current volunteer opportunities are listed on the Events Calendar as they are scheduled.

2018 Calvary Women's Services Volunteer Series

he WHF Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 schedule for its continuing Financial Empowerment program partnership with Calvary Women's Services residents. The three 8-week sessions will be held January 2 to February 2; April 24 to June 12; and September 4 to October 23, 2018. Using the Foundation's "Changepurse Strategy" curriculum, the sessions are conducted by WHF volunteers on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. One or two volunteers will be scheduled for each session. Calvary is located at 1217 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC. For questions and to volunteer, please call the WHF Foundation at 703-683-4742 or WHF Foundation President Mary Martha Fortney at 703-507-4088. Mary Martha can be emailed at [email protected].

Learn more about this program by clicking here to read our FAQs.


WHF Foundation President, Mary Martha Fortney with graduates of Calvary Women’s Services 'Money Smart program. Over the past three years, volunteers from Women in Housing and Finance have taught 9 sessions of Money Smart, and have educated nearly 90 women at Calvary on topics like addressing credit issues, budgeting, and learning to save by “paying yourself first. Learn more here.

Operation HOPE
● Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future program provides an ongoing, delivery system for financial education for youth ages 9-18. Operation HOPE focuses on urban, under-served communities.

● Operation HOPE has opportunities for WHF volunteers to conduct the Banking on our Future curriculum to youths in schools in the DC metropolitan area. Volunteers are provided with training materials and a 2 hour train the trainer session prior to the event. Volunteers are trained to break down their knowledge of banking and credit into terms that youth can understand and utilize immediately.

● WHFF’s volunteer events with Operation HOPE are held twice a year, in the spring and fall.

The WHF Foundation is proud to partner with and support non-profit organizations in the community whose work supports our mission --helping women and their families in the DC area by providing charitable services and educational activities primarily housing support.

The WHF Foundation Partner Spotlight features stories of the work that WHF members are doing in the community with our partner organizations and beneficiaries of our grants and scholarships. Read these to learn more about how to become an active volunteer in our mission.


Contact the WHF Foundation at 703-683-4742 with any questions on volunteering with the WHF Foundation.

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