The Meyer Foundation pursues and invests in solutions that build an equitable Greater Washington community in which economically vulnerable people thrive.
Since 1944, the Foundation has supported extraordinary nonprofit leaders and organizations meeting community needs throughout the Greater Washington region. Our practice has been to listen to those leaders and to adapt our work as new challenges arise for nonprofits and the people they serve. In December 2015, we outlined a strategic plan that aims to better align our work and our resources to help build a more equitable region. Learn more about How We Work.
The work of the Foundation extends beyond grantmaking. Meyer’s program staff are deeply invested in the success and effectiveness of the organizations the Foundation supports. Program officers often provide technical assistance on management and program issues, connect grantees with potential partners and collaborators, and help them identify sources of additional support. We also work collaboratively with other grantmakers to address important community issues, and we use our resources and voice to advance solutions to build an equitable Greater Washington region. Learn more about the Meyer Staff.
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer created the Meyer Foundation in 1944. Eugene Meyer was an investment banker, public servant under seven U.S. presidents, and owner and publisher of The Washington Post. His wife, Agnes Ernst Meyer, was an accomplished journalist, author, lecturer, and citizen activist. In 1950 the Meyers created an independent board of business and civic leaders to guide the Foundation’s work. Read more about Our History.