Sharing Montgomery Fund (www.thecommunityfoundation.org)
Created 20 years ago, the Montgomery County arm of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region was set up to make it easier for county residents and businesses to give to the causes most dear to their hearts. The organization also pools contributions from hundreds of families through the Sharing Montgomery Fund, which supports local nonprofits serving low-income neighbors. The foundation’s staff and donor-led committees conduct a vigorous annual vetting process that evaluates each applicant for strong leadership and program excellence. Sharing Montgomery donations support safety-net services that address the basic needs of the most vulnerable residents, educational opportunities that help youths to succeed, and workforce-development programs that enable adults to gain job skills.