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Lynne & Joe Horning

Lynne and Joe have always believed in giving back to Washington, DC, a city that they love. In the late 1990s, they established the San Miguel Fund (which later became the Horning Family Fund) as a vehicle for both grantmaking and family engagement.


San Miguel Fund

Late 1990s

Lynne and Joe Horning establish the San Miguel Fund housed at the Greater Washington Community Foundation. Started with their two oldest children and a few years later brought on two younger children. Funding was based in Washington DC to target poverty across multiple areas: education, healthcare, arts, and the environment. Grants made in the $5-10K range totaling $35,0000

Hires Grantmaking Consultant


Hires first consultant to help with grantmaking. Grantmaking increases to $135,000

Strategic Planning


Board conducts strategic planning and paused grantmaking to study an issue across the city (education) and a specific area of the city (Columbia Heights).

Focus on Education in Ward 8


Family decides to focus it’s giving on the issue of education and the area of greatest socio-economic inequality, Southeast DC Ward 8 community. Name of the fund was changed to Horning Family Fund to acknowledge the joint work of the entire family and acknowledge the philanthropic dedication of Lynne and Joe.

Grantmaking Increases


Grantmaking budget increases to $400,0000

Feasibility Study for The Commons


HFF decides to research the feasibility of a community program campus (The Commons) where nonprofit, philanthropy, and business could collaborate to increase outcomes for the children and families in Ft. Stanton and Hillsdale communities in Ward 8.

Supporting Advocacy


HFF begins to invest in advocacy efforts in DC with a goal to invest 80% of dollars in direct service and 20% in advocacy.

Grantmaking Increases


Grantmaking budget increases to $1M

Re-affirms Mission + Focus


Board conducts strategic planning and re-affirmed its mission and focus (addressing the impact of socioeconomic inequality and injustice in DC Ward 8); invites spouses to join board and hires program officer.

Learning Journey About Racism and Racial Equity


Board and staff participate in a year-long learning journey about racism and racial equity. The fund expands giving to Boulder, Santa Fe, and Boston three other communities where family members live.

Racial Equity Joins the Mission


Board holds a racial equity retreat and decides to make racial equity the mission of its work.