Portfolio Values

Arlington Free Clinic
Photo credit: Arlington Free Clinic, Lawrence Cheng Photography

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. See list of education grantees in our impact report.

Safety Net Services

  • Access to food and food assistance, particularly food for children and families
  • Emergency support for utilities, rent and basic needs
  • Housing and support services for families, veterans, homeless, victims of domestic abuse and substance abuse
  • 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
  • Aging in place and senior support services


  • Access to high quality education at all levels from preschool to workforce education, particularly afterschool and summer programs
  • Programs which address gaps in education such as for literacy, workforce, math and the arts
  • STEAM and other programs and educational environments, including outdoor classrooms, that support learning in alternate settings for challenged learners.

Community Development

  • Support for community and leadership efforts which strengthen South Arlington neighborhoods, children, and economic development
  • Efforts which champion the South Arlington community – through the positive recognition of schools, neighborhoods, leaders, and other entities in support of South Arlington