ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
Since its announcement last spring, the Columbia Foundation has been setting plans in motion to expand its mission by broadening the depth and breadth of its giving. The Foundation continues to work more closely with the Club’s Board of Governors to develop ways to support Club employees and their families, since impacting individuals in our community remains its primary goal.
The Columbia Foundation was established on October 25, 1996 by as a charitable foundation to facilitate charitable and educational purposes, of interest to the Bethesda/Chevy Chase community, including the membership of Columbia Country Club. Originally, the Columbia Foundation was responsible for the acquisition, operation and maintenance of Hayes Manor as an historic landmark, operated responsively to membership's expressed philanthropic desires. From inception, however, The Foundation has also been attentive to the charitable interests of the members of the Columbia Country Club, its primary supporters. At the time and since the disposition of Hayes Manor, it was determined to continue the philanthropic endeavors of the Columbia Foundation.
From its launch in 1996 and through the last 23 years, the Columbia Foundation has provided nearly $600,000 (including $57,500 this December) to small local charities, filling seemingly small needs that are often life-changing. The Foundation embraces the Club’s honored “warm Columbia welcome” and spreads that goodwill throughout the D.C. Metro area.
The new year promises collaboration and progress for the Columbia Foundation as it evolves into an integral part of the overall Club experience. Here’s to a productive and inspiring 2020!