Senior Capstone



The senior class capstone offers a unique opportunity at GW to combine scholarly and community practice to make social change in the District through an experiential philanthropy project. Students partner with the Learning by Giving Foundation (LxG), which will provide the class in 2022 with an initial $7,000 for their giving project. Students decide together which social issue their philanthropy will address. Utilizing the knowledge from previous coursework, students research the selected social issue, raise additional funds, put out a call for grant proposals and select grant recipients among local nonprofit applicants. 

Past capstone classes have addressed gender, inequity, education, criminal justice reform, and homelessness.

Arc Foundation Logo



2021 Grant Awardees 

The 2021 "GW Arc Foundation’s" mission was to support individuals experiencing homelessness in the Washington Metropolitan area (DMV) by providing funding to nonprofit organizations working to alleviate homelessness and its contributing factors. This year we received 22 outstanding applications from nonprofits, all of which were extremely impressive for the dedicated work they do. 

Congratulations to New Endeavors by Women and Charlie's Place which were awarded grants this year. 

2022 Request for Grant Proposals

In 2022 "The GW Arc Foundation" will award up to $7,000 in funding to support and supplement initiatives within an organization. Please check back in January 2022 for more information.

Examples of Recent Philanthropy

Class of 2020 HSSJ Capstone

HSSJ Capstone Student

Class of 2020

"This is the best capstone experience possible and it has been so much fun going through this process with my classmates. I will always be grateful for getting this experience in philanthropy."