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Resources for the DowntownDC community and public space are currently limited to the DowntownDC BID, the DC Government and National Park Service for federal spaces. The DowntownDC Foundation creates a new way for the private sector, individuals and non-profit partners to get involved and join together in support of homeless services, public space revitalization, and cultural and social impact programming.
Our vision of the DowntownDC community is a vibrant, inclusive neighborhood reflective of a world-class destination. We are driven to activate DowntownDC’s unique spaces and enhance a community that meet the needs of our diverse stakeholders – from those experiencing homelessness to our building owners, residents, DowntownDC workforce, and visitors from around the world. We believe that each of these stakeholders plays a vital role in the future of our DowntownDC community and we respect and celebrate the diversity of their background, experience, and perspective. As such, the DowntownDC Foundation does not solicit funds or accept support from organizations or individuals aligned with racial, gender, or sexual discrimination or intolerance.
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in 1997 and is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, and economically and environmentally strong and accessible. The BID is a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships and enhancing the downtown experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west.
The DowntownDC BID employs Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance ambassadors, also known as SAMs, who keep streets clean, safe and friendly and assist residents, workers and visitors with a variety of needs. Administrative and management staff are experienced and knowledgeable individuals who share a passion and vision for improving the physical, economic and social environment in DowntownDC.
The BID formed a Foundation in 2011 to serve as a vehicle for philanthropic initiatives aligned with the BID’s mission, officially called the DowntownDC Business Improvement District Foundation. While the Foundation remained relatively dormant for a few years, a 2017 strategic planning process for the BID uncovered certain priorities that were aligned with a case for philanthropic support:
In February 2019, the Downtown Day Services Center opened, federal and District agreements were finalized to renovate Franklin Park, and soon after in October 2019, the DowntownDC Foundation officially launched to the public.
In 2020, the Foundation had planned to focus on its two main program areas of homeless services and Franklin Park, but instead became a crucial player in the BID’s ability to support vulnerable populations during COVID-19, supplying food, winter clothing items and PPE, creating an outdoor weekend services program and providing more basic services for individuals experiencing homelessness.