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The Washington Forrest Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in South Arlington, Virginia.

We are proud to make grants to support our partners in the areas of safety net services, education and community development.


Improving and enhancing the quality of life for South Arlington Since 1968

The Washington Forrest Foundation is a private, family foundation and has been investing in south Arlington communities since 1968. While many of our partners have been supported by the Foundation for many years, we always welcome learning about new or innovative programs that are making a difference in our community.

The Foundation invests in programs and organizations that facilitate basic economic development through safety net services, education and community development.

We currently support over 50 nonprofit organizations addressing varying needs in South Arlington.

The Washington Forrest Foundation Values:

The communities along Columbia Pike, Four Mile Run and other areas in South Arlington where our family has been involved since the late 1700s.

Our history related to our founding board member, Benjamin M. Smith, an early Arlington County Board member, Arlington School Supervisor and Arlington Hospital founder and board member and his values of faith, community, education, health and housing.

The critical role of nonprofit organizations working in education, safety net services such as food, housing, and jobs for the members of our community, as well as community development to strengthen South Arlington.


The Washington Forrest Foundation considers our grant recipients partners in a shared vision of improving the lives of Arlingtonians. We are proud to support the work of safety net, education and community development organizations.

Safety Net Services

Safety Net Services

Access to basic health services for all members of the community including children, seniors, those with mental or long-term disabilities, and those with substance abuse issues



Access to high quality education at all levels from preschool to workforce education, particularly afterschool and summer programs

Community Development

Community Development

Support for community and leadership efforts which strengthen South Arlington neighborhoods, children, and economic development


Arlington Free Clinic
Capital Caring