Barbara McDowell Foundation 2019 Year in Review

The Barbara McDowell Foundation had a busy and successful 2019 on behalf of our mission to improve the economic well-being, social conditions, and civil liberties of disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States. We look forward, with your help, to continuing the Foundation’s work to further social justice through legal action in 2020. 

The Foundation’s accomplishments in 2019 included:

 -- Selecting the Foundation’s five 2020 grant recipients, who each received $40,000, for a total of $200,000 in grant awards. The 2020 grantees and their funded cases, which were chosen from a record 72 applicants, are: 


 -- Receiving the Foundation’s 2019 grant reports which show in detail the work of our grantees and demonstrate the impact of the Foundation’s grants.

 -- Reaching significant settlements in two of the Foundation’s High Impact Cases:


 -- Opening three additional High Impact Cases, including:


 -- Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Foundation with a reception at Drinker Biddle in Washington, D.C. which paid tribute to the work of the Foundation’s namesake, Barbara McDowell

 -- Announcing the addition of five new members to our Board of Directors, who were approved by the current board in an unanimous vote.

 -- Publishing blog posts featuring the cases of two of our grantees:


 -- Issuing the Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report that was sent to over 200 individuals, including board members, donors, grantees and past applicants. 

 -- Launching the Foundation’s newly designed website including an updated and streamlined online application form.

 -- Announcing the launch of the Foundation’s first-ever fundraising campaign, including updated language on the Donate page of the website and an updated Donor Information Guide and Case for Support. 

 -- Completing charitable registrations for 12 states, allowing the Foundation to begin its fundraising campaign. 


The Foundation thanks our board members, donors, litigation partners, grantees, and all our supporters for your efforts to help us achieve our mission. We look forward to our continued partnership in 2020 and wish you all a Happy New Year!

Jerry Hartman, Chairman and President, and Aaron Stiner, Executive Administrator


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