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 provides the class with an initial $5,000 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, and criminal justice reform. 

Arc Foundation Logo



2021 Request for Grant Proposals

This year, the "GW Arc Foundation’s" mission is 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.

"The GW Arc Foundation" is currently accepting proposals to receive up to $5,000 in funding for Shelters, Temporary/Transitional Housing Programs, Day/Resource Centers, Social Services, and Street Outreach. The funding received is intended to be used to support and supplement initiatives within the organization.

"The GW Arc Foundation" will accept proposals until Friday, April 9th, 2021 - 11:59 p.m. EST. This is a one-time, non-renewable grant available to organizations in the DMV area holding a 501(c)3 status. Individuals are ineligible to apply.

You may find the call for proposals here.

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."