The Horning Family Fund partners with communities to address inequity and to create opportunities for families and children to thrive in Ward 8, Washington, DC.


Where We Work

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In 2007, HFF decided to focus its grantmaking efforts on Ward 8 (SE Washington, DC) to address the disparity of opportunities and services for children and their families. We partner with DC nonprofits with a commitment to working in and with the Ward 8 community, focused on education, behavioral health/community supports, and advocacy.

HFF works with nonprofits to:

  1. Improve educational outcomes for children
  2. Help families succeed, and
  3. Achieve education, economic, and racial equity through advocacy and community organizing.

Our Grantee Partners


The Horning Family Fund commits $1M annually to support DC based nonprofits working to improve outcomes for children and families in Ward 8.


Profile of Ward 8



of students are considered at-risk for academic failure

(Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, 2016-17 SY, Source



of children (under 18) live in poverty

(Kids Count Data Center, 2016, Source)



of students are proficient in literacy

 (EmpowerK12, Source)


Our Core Values


• Collaboration
• Impact
• Organizational Leadership
• Personal Connection and Involvement
• Leverage


It’s not all about proposals, grant reports and deadlines — HFF is fun to work with and it's more of a conversation and resource-sharing partnering than a traditional grantor grantee relationship.

Fair Chance



Project Highlight:The Commons at Stanton Square


The Commons at Stanton Square is a campus for community programs being developed in Ward 8 through the collaborative efforts of the Horning Family Fund, Horning Brothers, Community of Hope, and Martha’s Table.