• Focusing
    on ‘What
    Matters Most’
    Our 2019/2020 Year in Review
    Captures How Our Partners and Team
    Pivoted to Meet the Moment
    Explore the Report
  • Creating
    Sustainable Change
    10 Ways Foundations Can Engage
    in Policy Advocacy
    Read our Bainum Brief
  • In Memory:
    Marcus Gray
    Remembering a Treasured
    Friend and Colleague
    Read More
  • Confronting
    Racial Injustice
    Foundation Leaders Commit
    to Engage With Urgency
    Against Racial Inequity
    Read Our Statement
  • Calling for
    Equitable Funding
    Philanthropic, Business and Nonprofit Leaders
    Say D.C. Deserves COVID-19 Stimulus
    Funding Equal to States
    Read the Statement
  • Unveiling Our
    ‘Values in Action’
    Interactive 2018/2019 Year in Review
    Shows How Our Core Values Come to Life
    Through Our Culture and Work
    Explore the Report

Our story.

The Foundation’s story began in 1968 with entrepreneur Stewart Bainum. He wanted to give children living in poverty the opportunity to break the bonds of their circumstances through access to high-quality educational opportunities and services. See what we’re focused on now.
How Do We Help Children Succeed?

Let us count the ways.

As part researcher, part organizer, part educator and part investor, we put children at the center of everything we do. We’re committed to changing their futures.

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Our Focus Areas

We work with partners, parents and educators to offer services such as early learning, wrap-around support and knowledge building.

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Knowledge Building
Wrap-Around Support
Early Learning
By: Sara Watson September 30, 2020 Read More

Other Recent News

Foundation’s Interactive 2019/2020 ‘Year in Review’ Now Available

Our 2019/2020 Year in Review, “What Matters Most,” features stories that capture key moments from the past year, showing how our partners and staff — with immense passion, commitment and creativity — pivoted and persevered to meet those moments. Explore our interactive report and download a PDF version of it here.

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In Memory: Marcus Gray

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that our friend and colleague Marcus Gray passed away on September 6, 2020. Marcus had been with the Bainum Family Foundation for eight years, serving in a number of program and community engagement roles, culminating in his recently announced position of Senior Manager, Equity, Inclusion and … Continued

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Foundation’s Interactive 2018/2019 ‘Year in Review’ Now Available

Our 2018/2019 Year in Review, “Values in Action,” features a collection of stories that show how our core values come to life through our culture and our work — ultimately helping us create lasting impact in the communities we serve. Explore our interactive report and download a PDF version of it here.

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