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The Bernstein Family Foundation is committed to investing in people and ideas to strengthen and celebrate the greater Washington community.

"GIVE 17 OUNCES TO THE POUND." -

"REMEMBER YOUR HERITAGE" -

"KNOW WHO YOUR RELATIVES ARE...SEE YOURSELF IN THEM" -

"THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH" -

"DO A GOOD DEED EVERY DAY" -

"FOLLOW THE TEN COMMANDMENTS" -

"DO THE RIGHT THING" -

"ALWAYS KEEP YOUR WORD" -

"THINK MAN THINK" -

"HOPE... IT LASTS" -

"THERE ARE NO ANSWERS" -

"LOVE IS RESPECT" -

Leo M. Bernstein (1915-2008) was a Washington, D.C. real estate broker, banker and philanthropist with a keen interest in American history and a deep devotion to democracy and to democratic institutions.

The son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, he believed fervently in the American Dream—and he lived it.  He believed strongly in this country’s ideals—the values embedded in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights–and he sought to put them into practice in his own life. He took great pride in his country, and he celebrated its presidents and the opportunities it had afforded him.

Mr. Bernstein’s legacy exists not in the things he collected but in the democratic ideals he fought for and achieved for society at large: open housing, gender equality, racial and social justice. Even today, there are lessons to be learned from the life of Leo B. Bernstein, as society continues to struggle with some of the same issues he encountered during his 93 years of life.

Foundation Achievements to Date

100,000+

Lives impacted by investments targeting specific thought leaders

60+

Years Investing in People & Ideas in Washington, D.C.

1,200

Thought leaders supported in our nation’s capital

Our 2014 – 2015 Grantees

Click on the map to see what we have funded in DC this year.

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American University Hillel

The mission of American University Hillel is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

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Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

Sixth & I celebrates intersections—the unexpected places where Jewish and secular culture meet. Since 2004, Sixth & I, through its openness and pluralistic approach, has redefined the 21st-century synagogue and community space with impactful, entertaining, and thought-provoking programs spanning Jewish and cultural traditions.

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Metro Minyan is a casual, musical (with guitar), come-as-you-are Shabbat experience exclusively for DC’s 20’s and 30’s.

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The Kojo Nnamdi Show airs Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. (ET) on WAMU 88.5, the NPR member-station in Washington, D.C. The live two-hour magazine program highlights news, political issues and social trends of the day and includes listener’s calls, emails and tweets.

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The President’s Committee bridges the interests of federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation and excellence in the arts and humanities and helps incorporate these disciplines into White House objectives under the Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama.

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For over two decades, Inner City-Inner Child, the arts education/ literacy program of the historic Dumbarton Concerts, has provided quality arts integration and early childhood education programs to low-income, community-based Child Development Centers throughout Washington, D.C.  Dumbarton Concerts began community outreach in 1987 with a program called Live Music Now!, an initiative to bring music out of the concert hall and into isolated neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.

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In the beginning, S&R Foundation’s mission was grounded in its support of talented artists and scientists involved in work for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes. Over the past 13 years, S&R’s mission to support talented individuals has evolved to encompass broad support of individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on furthering international cultural collaboration and ensuing social benefits.

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Trust for the National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall is the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to improving, preserving, and restoring the National Mall.

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Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

In the fall of 1999, Professor Jamin Raskin of American University Washington College of Law launched the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project named in honor of the late United States Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and William J. Brennan, Jr. This movement for constitutional literacy is rooted in the belief that students will profit for a lifetime from learning the system of rights and responsibilities under the U.S. Constitution. Many citizens do not participate and feel disengaged from politics. The Marshall-Brennan Fellows work with teachers, administrators and lawyers to teach students their rights as citizens, the strategic benefits of voting, how lawmaking occurs and other fundamental constitutional processes.

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WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington D.C. area. It is member-supported, professionally-staffed, and licensed to American University. Since 1961, WAMU 88.5 has provided programming to an audience of listeners that now totals 793,000* listeners on-air and online.

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Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) improves the lives of homeless, runaway, abused and neglected youth and their families in the Washington DC area. In 40 years, SBY has reunited over 13,000 homeless youth with strengthened families.

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Martha's Table

For 35 years, Martha’s Table has worked to build a better future for children, their families and many neighbors in the District of Columbia by increasing access to healthy starts, healthy eating, and healthy connections.

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Urban Alliance is the only year long employment program for under-resourced high school seniors in Washington, D.C.,  Baltimore, MD, and Chicago, IL. The Urban Alliance gives youth access to professional growth and experiences. The program prepares students for a life of work and self-sufficiency through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship.

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Leadership Showcase

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Kate Goodall

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Andrea Gottlieb

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