Together We Can Make a Difference.
One Simple Yet Powerful Idea. One Transformative Gift.
Many Hands is a women's grantmaking organization committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of Washington, DC area women, children, and families in need and to helping its members become well-informed donors.
Our Values & Practices
From Women, For Women
We are a dynamic grantmaking organization made up of women committed to one simple yet powerful idea: when 100 women contribute $1,000 each to benefit a single cause, our collective grant of $100,000 to a Washington, DC area nonprofit organization has a measurable impact on the lives of local women and children in need.
Since our founding in 2004, we have steadily increased our fundraising and are proud to make additional smaller grants to finalist organizations each year.
An Education in Local Community Needs
More than a rewarding philanthropic experience, membership in Many Hands is an education in the complex needs of Washington area nonprofits. Through dynamic discussions and site visits, donors may discover what local organizations are doing in the areas of Education, Health, Housing, and Job Readiness. Every $1,000 donor is then entitled to vote for one of four finalists to receive the $100,000 grant.
Every Dollar Counts
Led by a Board of 11 women, Many Hands is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and no office overhead. All administrative costs are paid for exclusively by the Board of Directors. We are thoughtful stewards of the money we raise and ensure that 100% of every $1,000 donation is granted directly to thoroughly vetted and collectively chosen local organizations.
Many Hands is a charitable organization that is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Many Hands are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
2016 Annual Report
We know you make thoughtful choices about the organizations you support. As you consider an investment in Many Hands, please review the 2016 Annual Report to learn about the fundraising and grantmaking efforts made by members this past year.Download the Annual Report
Our Focus Areas
The number of high school students who graduated from DC Public Schools in 2015 reached 64%. While an improvement over recent years, it is still well below the national average of 81%.
In the region, 47,200 families with children under age 18 live in poverty. In 2008-2012, 30% of households with children in the District of Columbia said they were unable to afford enough food. This is the second worst rate in the nation.
Family homelessness in DC is rising due to a shortage of both affordable housing units and living wage jobs, and homeless families now outnumber homeless adults for the first time since 2001.
In 2015, 80,000 women in our region were unemployed, and over 170,000 women were employed in low-wage jobs. It's estimated that fewer than half of these women have the education or training needed to obtain good jobs.