We are a new force for philanthropy in the DMV. For every partner organization,

  • We conduct due diligence and publish a rigorous cost-benefit analysis.
  • We make a cash grant, to show we put our money where our mouth is.
  • We also host a dinner where prospective investors can hear from people who've been helped by the program.
  • We offer limited-time matching dollars. “For every $1 you contribute tonight, Lever will match 1:1, up to $50K total.” (Some guests may want to support Lever, "so we can identify and partner with more great groups like this.")

To add value beyond providing grant money and opening our networks to partner organizations, when possible we facilitate support and expertise.

The Board of Directors covers all operating costs, so 100% of all non-board contributions to the Lever Fund are invested in successful nonprofits in D.C., suburban Maryland, and northern Virginia.