• Progress on Pay
    Our CEO and President applauds a critical win
    for vital early childhood educators in D.C.
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  • A Life and Legacy
    of Generosity
    Jane Bainum
    Read More
  • Facing Reality
    But Finding Hope
    Reflections from our CEO
    and President on the January 6
    attack on the U.S. Capitol
    Read Our Statement
  • 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

Our story.

The Foundation’s story began in 1968 with entrepreneur Stewart Bainum, Sr. and his wife, Jane Bainum. They wanted to create new opportunities for children living in poverty by providing 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.

We work with partners who support families, caregivers, educators and communities to create the conditions and environments children need to thrive. 

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Our Focus Areas

Our work encompasses four initiatives: Early Learning, Food Security, Seventh-day Adventist and Family Philanthropy.

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Our Commitment to DEI

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is inseparable from who we are and what we do.

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Other Recent News

In Memory: Jane Bainum

Honoring a Life and Legacy of Generosity Jane Bainum (1919—2021) With great sadness, we announce that our co-founder Jane Bainum passed away this week at the age of 101. She and her husband, Stewart Bainum, Sr., established the Bainum Family Foundation in 1968, committed from the beginning to supporting children and families living in poverty. Her … Continued

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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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