• Calling for
    Equitable Funding
    Philanthropic, Business and Nonprofit Leaders
    Say D.C. Deserves COVID-19 Stimulus
    Funding Equal to States
    Read the Statement
  • Protecting the
    Most Vulnerable During
    COVID-19 Crisis
    CEO and President David Daniels Underscores Concerns of
    Philanthropic and Nonprofit Community in D.C.
    Learn More
  • 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
  • Announcing
    David Daniels as
    CEO and President
    Our Former Chief Operating Officer
    Will Now Lead the Foundation
    Learn More
  • Exploring D.C.'s
    Food-Distribution
    Data Gap
    Our Multipart Series Shares
    Findings From Our 2018 Survey
    and Convening to Examine
    Inequities in Local Food Access
    Learn More
  • Advancing
    Comprehensive
    School Mental
    Health Systems
    National Team of Mental Health Experts
    Releases a Powerful New Resource
    Learn More
  • Enhancing Our
    'Food Learning
    Locator'
    Free Online Resource
    Features More Than
    100 Food-Related Education
    and Job-Training Programs
    in the D.C. Area
    Explore Now

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: David Daniels April 21, 2020 Read More

Other Recent News

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

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Bainum Family Foundation Appoints David Daniels as CEO and President

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New Resource Provides Expert Guidance on Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems

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