Featured Grants

We support organizations who share our passion for helping others, and we continuously look for new ways to make a difference.

American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund fights kidney disease as the nation’s leading kidney nonprofit—working on behalf of the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease. Since 2018, the Schattner Foundation has supported American Kidney Fund with over $1 million in grants to help fund a variety of initiatives including unique programs for children with kidney disease, free health screenings and educational sessions, and financial assistance to people with kidney failure in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.

“We are deeply grateful to the Schattner Foundation for their generous support over the years, and we are honored to partner with an organization that shares our desire to make a difference in people’s lives. Thanks to their support, we have made a tangible impact through our Safety Net grants and pediatric programs that have created memories for many children throughout the country.”

– LaVarne A. Burton, AKF President and CEO

Food & Friends

Food & Friends is the only community-based organization in the D.C. region providing home-delivered medically tailored meals and medical nutrition therapy to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other serious illnesses. Through a two-year grant from the Schattner Foundation, Food & Friends is able to fund the full food cost, preparation, and home delivery of 15,000 medically-tailored meals per year to individuals living with stage 5 renal disease, as well as their dependents and caregivers.

“The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area has the highest rate of chronic kidney disease in the United States. For those waiting for kidney transplants, medically-tailored meals are a vital element of clinically appropriate care. Our partnership with the Schattner Foundation has allowed us to expand services to this population.”

– Carrie Stoltzfus, MPH, Executive Director, Food & Friends

United Hatzalah

United Hatzalah of Israel is the country’s largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) organization. With the horrific events of October 7th top-of-mind, United Hatzalah of Israel was honored to be a recipient of an emergency grant from the Schattner Foundation, allowing the organization to purchase and replenish new medical equipment for their thousands of volunteers in Israel.

The Schattner Foundation’s support is also helping the organization provide help in multiple countries. From efforts to help refugees escape the war in Ukraine, to assisting with its emergency mission to help those affected in Turkey, to helping send a “go-team” within 24 hours to Morocco to assist earthquake victims, the Schattner Foundation is helping United Hatzalah save lives in multiple countries.

“The Robert I. Schattner Foundation has played an important role in ensuring the safety of the lives of the people of Israel, helping to enable our volunteers to drop everything on a moment’s notice to save a life in mere seconds. Thanks to this support, our response time continues to decrease in Israel, and more lives are being saved as a result.”

– Eli Beer, Founder, United Hatzalah of Israel

Mary’s Center

Mary’s Center is a community health center serving over 65,000 people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds in the Washington, D.C. metro area, with an integrated model of health care, education, and social services. The Schattner Foundation has provided multiple rounds of funding to support the organization’s ever-growing need to deliver dental care to community members in need. The successful partnership has positively impacted thousands of lives in the greater D.C. area, many of whom would go without dental care if not for these vital services.

“We are currently adding providers and support staff at each of our locations, returning the Mary’s Center Dental program to pre-pandemic levels. The expansion, largely made possible by the generous support of the Schattner Foundation, is providing tremendous return on investment in terms of allowing us to reach many more people in need and delivering the kind of dental care that all people deserve and need.”

– Richard Gesker, DMD, MBA, EVP Dental Services

The Upcounty Hub

The Upcounty Hub of Germantown, Maryland, provides individuals and families with food and other essentials, without requiring documentation to prove necessity, allowing them to maintain their privacy and dignity. The Schattner Foundation provided funding to enable the organization to add additional staff resources and expertise to assist with strategic planning, recruiting and the hiring of new team members.

“Because of the Schattner Foundation’s support, the Upcounty Hub can continue to grow and be more holistically responsive to what the community needs. We are grateful to have them as a partner, as we combat food insecurity among our neighbors and continue to provide services without barriers.”

– Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Grace Rivera-Oven

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital believes in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Through the support of the Schattner Foundation, the group was able to create the Big Smile Patch Program, a fun and interactive camp program focused on dental hygiene.

“Girl Scout Camp is all about learning new skills and becoming independent—all while having a great time! Campers participated in a variety of program activities that even included learning about invention of the first toothbrush. Feedback from our campers was very positive as they learned while having fun. Thanks to the Schattner Foundation for funding this impactful program!”

– Denise Viau, Camping Manager