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 socioeconomic need and to helping its members become well-informed donors.
Members drive the grantmaking process in our all-volunteer model.
I am so happy that I found Many Hands and jumped on the opportunity to contribute to this wonderful organization. Joining has given me the opportunity to become intentional with my philanthropic donations, meet a diverse group of inspiring women leaders, gain exposure to numerous philanthropies in the area, and witness the complexities of a grantmaking life cycle.
Melissa O'Neil, Many Hands member since 2020
Many Hands gives a boost to dynamic grassroots organizations, while drawing together groups of women from diverse walks of life across the DC metro area. I joined Many Hands to support this exciting “alliance” of women.
Lydia Micheaux Marshall, Many Hands member since 2013
Being part of a larger collective movement of women with an aim to make change in the lives of women, children, and families is inspiring. The chosen organizations have the potential to be life-altering for so many. Knowing the work we do makes a difference motivates me to want to do more. I’m so very proud to be a member!
Mika Bellamy, Many Hands member since 2018
In many cases, the fallout of a crisis is not gender-neutral. Seeing the economic toll of COVID-19 on women, in particular, prompted me to take action. I joined Many Hands so I can belong to a community of like-minded individuals working together to have large-scale impacts in helping to support women and families.
Suzanna Kang, Many Hands member since 2020
I believe strongly in the exponential power of collective giving, especially female-centric philanthropy, and Many Hands is the perfect way to become part of this movement. My favorite part of Many Hands is the opportunity to learn about the hundreds of nonprofits in the metro DC area. I am inspired every day because of them.
Marianne MacDonald, Many Hands Founding Member
Serving on a Many Hands Focus Area Committee means spending time with passionate, committed women discussing some of the region’s greatest challenges and learning about the innovative ways that local nonprofits are addressing those challenges. I find it especially rewarding to know that the work we do as a group has the potential to make an enormous difference for the underserved in our community.
Katherine Abib, Many Hands member since 2019
Many Hands has been a perfect fit for me. As a feminist and activist, I was looking for a way to make a difference in my community. Through Many Hands, I not only contribute financially but also, equally important, have the opportunity to evaluate firsthand the many local organizations that are transforming the lives of women and children. And finally, I have met amazing Many Hands women who are now my friends.
Joanne Howes, Many Hands member since 2015
Many Hands serves many purposes. Most important, of course, is continuing to raise funds to assist women and children in need in our community, but it also offers a unique opportunity for donors to learn about their community, philanthropy, and grant making while developing meaningful relationships with like-minded women.
Ana Collins, Many Hands Founding Board Member
Women Joining Together
Many Hands is committed to being the most meaningful vehicle for giving in our members’ lives. By leveraging the power of collective giving, we multiply the impact of our members’ gifts. Equally important, Many Hands members become well-informed donors by participating in our grant review process and educational events. By working with a diverse group of passionate, dedicated women, they receive a unique education in local needs and nonprofit strategies and become more engaged members of our community.
Since 2004, Many Hands has granted more than $2.25 million to nonprofit organizations working in economic empowerment, education, health, and housing to support women, children, and families in socioeconomic need in the greater Washington region. We combine contributions from hundreds of women each year to make large-scale grants that have a powerful impact on our grantees and the people they serve.
Get an update on 2022 fundraising, sign up for member events, learn what inspires member Ritta McLaughlin, read our interview with Jhae Thompson, executive director of 2021 Partner Grantee Community Youth Advance, and more!