• Introducing
    ‘Momentum’
    Our 2020/2021 annual report captures partner stories and
    showcases what inspires us to continue building momentum
    in the coming year
    Read Their Stories
  • Celebrating a Major
    Win for D.C.'s Early
    Childhood Educators
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  • 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
    (1919—2021)
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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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By: Caroline Dusabe June 23, 2022 Read More

Other Recent News

Foundation’s Interactive 2020/2021 ‘Year in Review’ Now Available

Our 2020/2021 Year in Review “Momentum” captures partner stories and showcases what inspires us to continue building momentum in the coming year. Explore our interactive report and download a PDF version of it here.

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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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