THE DC WISE partnership program

Each year, DC WISE makes a 3 year commitment to a new partner organization to provide unrestricted funds to support women and children who are at-risk or disadvantaged.  These three-year grants enable our partners to make nimble financial decisions – whether to add a staff member, fund a new program, or fill in the gaps where city budgets fall short.

DC WISE Partners are organizations that are providing critical services and opportunities to women and children in Washington, D.C. who are homeless, low-income or otherwise at-risk.  Our dollars help to provide essential support services and supplies, create opportunities for education and employment, create healthy environments and challenge systemic injustice by advocating for policies and practices.


Our newest Partner will receive a large seed-money grant. Past grants have been between $100,000 and $150,000.


In the second year, the partner organization receives a smaller sustaining grant.  This amount is 10% of the total raised by DC WISE in that fiscal year. This can range from $10,000 to $15,000.

YEAR Three

In the third year,the partner organization receives a smaller sustaining grant.  This amount is 10% of the total raised by DC WISE in that fiscal year. This can range from $10,000 to $15,000.

2021 Partner | District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)

DC Wise has chosen the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) as our Partner Organization for 2021 because it is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms.

 The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the interdependence of domestic violence with financial, food, and housing insecurity.  In December 2020, an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine called the surge in intimate partner violence in 2020 a “pandemic within a pandemic”.  DASH has capably responded to the multilayered urgency of the pandemic, because it understands that survivors’ needs are complex. It designs its programs to be flexible and individualized, and empowers its staff with the latitude, autonomy and skills to address the diverse needs of survivors with diverse solutions.

 Accordingly, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, DASH has maintained 24/7 access to safe housing. It also connected 3,113 adults and children with safe housing, advocacy services and safety planning; provided emergency financial assistance to 63 survivors to prevent them from losing their housing; and welcomed 81 survivors with a safe home and services, including groceries and PPE.

 DC Wise is proud to support an organization whose core belief is that survivors are the experts in their situations. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal the extraordinary toll of a “pandemic within a pandemic” on survivors, please help us sustain DASH’s work.  You can learn more about DASH and give generously through the links below.

The deep impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold across the DC region, but the survivors in our programs will have a safe haven at DASH thanks to general operating support from DC WISE.

Koube Ngaaje,
Executive Director

The DC WISE Impact

DC WISE has raised over $700,000 to support the work of our partners. We are using our network to build brighter futures for the disadvantaged women and children in Washington, DC.



Safe Shores


A Wider Circle



DC WISE has an annual application process.
If you are interested in being considered for a partnership, please fill out our online application. Applications are accepted in August and September.


DC WISE Partnership applications are accepted in August and September. Applications must be made through the online process (link below).  If you have questions before submitting your application, please email

The deadline for applications is September 30.

STEP 2: Review and Approval

DC WISE Partnership applications are evaluated by the DC WISE board based on merit and demonstration of need.

Applicants will be notified by the end of October.

STEP 3: partnership & funding

DC WISE holds a series of events to raise awareness and money for our partners throughout the fiscal year. Our partners are always invited to attend these events.  The annual DC WISE Gala is held in October of each year.  Funds will be dispersed after this event.

DC WISE is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to investing in and enhancing organizations that positively impact the lives of women and children in the District of Columbia. Tax ID: 46-5593472


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