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Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation pursues and invests in solutions that build an equitable Greater Washington, DC community in which economically vulnerable people thrive. As articulated in its Advancing Equity strategy, the foundation has four interconnected goals in the areas of housing, education, employment, and asset building. With the help of its community and grantee partners, the foundation has defined four types of systems change efforts in which it seek sto invest within its goal areas. The foundation believes that systems change efforts are most attainable and effective when organizations and collaboratives apply a mix of these strategies based upon what’s most responsive to their constituents. The foundation seeks to invest in these systems change efforts to ensure long-lasting, measurable improvements in housing, education, employment, and asset building for economically disadvantaged people, particularly people of color: Culture Change – Shifting the attitudes, values, beliefs, and aspirations of the Greater Washington region toward racial equity. Institutional Change – Using the best available data, evidence, and models to generate sustainable improvements in ideas and practices that govern institutions and currently have a disproportionate negative impact on people and communities of color. Policy Change & Reform – Influencing policymakers to reform or enact laws to mitigate and eradicate the consequences of systemic racism and promote racial justice and equity. Power Change – Shifting the balance of power so people of color are designing, leading, and ultimately accomplishing change in their own communities. .


Incorporated in 1944 in NY - Mr. Meyer, a Wall Street financier, organized the Allied Chemical and Dye Corp. in 1921, now Allied Corp. Throughout his life he held several governmental positions, including director of the War and Finance Corp., governor of the Federal Reserve Board, chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corp., and first president of the World Bank. In 1933, he purchased the Washington Post and assumed the active role of publisher. His wife, Agnes Ernst Meyer, was a journalist and social activist. The first woman reporter hired by the New York Sun, Mrs. Meyer maintained her interest in journalism throughout her life and was the author of four books and numerous articles. She was the founder of the Urban Service Corps and the National Committee for Support of the Public Schools The foundation is a signatory to Philanthropy's Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement.


Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

Independent foundation




1250 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Ste. 800 Washington, DC United States 20036-2620

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