Our Vision

 Through our 3-year funding model, DC WISE aims to help non-profit organizations expand their programs and services that are empowering, positive and impactful for women and children.  

Our Mission

DC WISE, Inc (DC Women In Solidarity for Empowerment) is a non-profit organization committed to investing in and enhancing organizations that positively impact the lives of women and children in the District of Columbia.

DC WISE was created by a group of like-minded women to raise funds for service organizations serving at-risk and disadvantaged women and children in Washington, DC.  

Each year, DC WISE makes a 3-year commitment to a new partner organization to provide unrestricted funds to support their operations and programming.  By supporting our partners through unrestricted funds we enable our partners to make nimble financial decisions – whether to add a staff member, fund a new program, or fill in the gaps where the city’s budget falls short.


16 Events

7 Partner Organizations

Countless Volunteers

Over $600,000 Raised

Our Story

DC Women In Solitary for Empowerment (DC WISE) began with a sense of gratitude shared between friends over dinner. In 2014, the future board members of DC WISE came together because they shared a desire to give back to the city that had helped them build successful careers in the real estate sector. “We’d all been so lucky because of the city’s growth, but we were also keenly aware many residents were being left behind.”

Together they founded DC WISE with the purpose of raising critically needed funds for non-profits providing direct, impactful services to women and children in need. 

The Board of Directors serves as the center of a wider giving circle where “everyone shows up, and everyone gives.”  They are supported by a host committee who helps to organize the annual DC WISE gala. 

Together DC WISE has raised nearly $340,000 for our partner organizations since 2014.

Being a DC WISE partner meant the difference between hiring a full-time Volunteer Coordinator and limping along indefinitely without one. Thanks to the one-year seed-funding from DC WISE, coupled with two subsequent years of legacy gifts, we were able to create, and now sustain the position as a permanent fixture in our organization. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Jamilla Larson, LICSW
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Homeless Children’s Platime Project

Our Board Members

DC WISE is run by a committed group of women who want to give back to the community that has given to them. They are dedicated to supporting women and children move past trauma towards empowerment and self-sustaining lives.

The 2019 Host Committee

DC WISE hosts an annual Gala each spring and we couldn’t do it without the dedicated help of our Host Committee and volunteers. This dedicated group of women volunteer countless hours to our cause.  Thank you!

D’Ann Lanning

Ellie Shorb

Jill Patel

Liz Dobbins

Charlotte Ivancic

Jen Barger

Courtney Abrams

Tiffani Whitaker

Sonia Shah

Kristin Choi

Anna Kahoe

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


1810 14th ST, NW

Washington, DC 20009