Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

SPONSOR PORTRAIT: The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest private, independent, local Foundation focused exclusively on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Foundation is the legacy of Morris Cafritz, one of Washington’s leading commercial and residential builders from the early 1920’s to the mid-60’s. An outstanding civic leader known for his generosity, Morris Cafritz established the Foundation in 1948. His wife, Gwendolyn, one of Washington’s leading hostesses in the post World War II years, was President of the Foundation from 1964 to 1988. In December 1988, Calvin Cafritz was elected to the Board of Directors of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and since February 1989, has served as Board Chairman. In July 1993, he was elected President and CEO of the Foundation.

Since 1970, when electronic record keeping was initiated, awards totaling more than $379 million have been granted. In the last 10 years, $164 million has been awarded to more than 877 organizations in the areas of Community Services, Arts and Humanities, Education, Health and the Environment. Since Mr. Cafritz’ leadership began, the Foundation has awarded more than $319 million to 7,012 projects.

The Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of the Washington, DC area.

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: (202) 223-3100
Fax: (202) 296-7567


The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is located in downtown Washington, DC, just a short walk from the Farragut West Metro stop on the Blue/Orange line or Farragut North on the Red line.


About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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