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.

2020 Partner | A WIDER CIRCLE

DC Wise has picked A Wider Circle as our Partner Organization for 2020 becuase they are directly impacting the lives of Women and Children in D.C. during this period of uncertainty and pandemic.  

The mission of A Wider Circle is to end poverty through on-the-ground programs and services, as well as through the development of large-scale solutions to its root causes. Their holistic approach focuses on the creation of stable homes; workforce development programming to move families to economic self-sufficiency; neighborhood revitalization; and the creation of greater awareness and engagement by the community, as a whole.

A Wider Circle has been busier than ever during the COVID-19 lockdown, making 7,000 calls to their clients, helping them to identify resources for health, housing, food, and other needs, as well as engaging in daily food distribution as many people in the region are living in scarcity.

They need our HELP to continue their work. Explore their website to learn more about the organization as a whole and then give generously through link below.

“We know that eradicating poverty will require commitment and partnership across every sector, and we are excited to work with DC WISE to make this a reality. Our partnership brings me great hope and inspiration.”
Mark  Bergel
Founder, President & CEO
A Wider Circle

The DC WISE Impact

DC WISE has raised over $600,000 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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