Commonweal Foundation Honors Its Past, Redefines Future By Launching New Name

Bethesda, Maryland —  Commonweal Foundation, which gives children living in poverty access to high-quality educational opportunities and services that will help them to break the bonds of their circumstances, announced today that it has changed its name to the Bainum Family Foundation.

“Our new name honors our founders, Stewart and Jane Bainum, and allows us to evolve ourselves for the future,” said Barbara Bainum, CEO. “It reflects our heritage, distinguishes us in the community, and is unique and memorable.”

“Even though we have a new name, our passion for helping children break the bonds of their circumstances will remain the same. I’m excited about the future of the Bainum Family Foundation and the opportunities it will provide for our children today,” said Bainum.

About Bainum Family Foundation:

The Bainum Family Foundation, formerly Commonweal Foundation, combines proven expertise with a passion for helping the whole child by going beyond academics to help them thrive. Their circle of collaboration includes investments and support in early learning, wrap-around services and knowledge building. Founded in 1968 by Stewart and Jane Bainum, it was originally known as The College Foundation and has helped children escape poverty through educational programs and services for 47 years. For more information, visit

For press inquiries, please contact:

Rozita Green
Chief Strategy Officer
Bainum Family Foundation
(240) 450-0000