The Dunn Foundation

The Dunn Foundation, a 501c3, non-profit organization started in 2006 by William Dunn. Dunn who grew up a troubled youth between Virginia and New York City, was once told by a high-school principal "he wasn't going to amount to nothing." Dunn was a troubled-youth involved in gang activity and lost three of his close friends before he was 21. It wasn't until Dunn became involved in sports when his life turned around; Dunn was an all-around athlete excelling in basketball, football, track and boxing. Dunn was a Golden Gloves boxing champion and won three state boxing titles as a teenager and went to college on basketball scholarship. Dunn was the captain of the team his senior year at Longwood University where he set seven individual and team records.  After his short stint of chasing professional basketball Dunn joined the military to play All-Army basketball only to be deployed to Iraq ending his basketball career.  


Dunn then went on to coaching basketball, football, mentoring and recruiting as his way of being a voice of hope and resource of support for families and communities. Dunn not only beat the odds by graduating from high school despite having challenging childhood, Dunn went on to receive his master degree and doctorate degree. Dunn and his wife, Valarie are one of the few African-American husband and wife to study and receive their doctorate degrees together in front of their five children; Taylor, Tay, Tahj, Tamir and Taevon. Dunn and his wife, Valarie wanted to show their children that growth and learning never ends.


Drs. William and Valarie Dunn both entrepreneurs, authors, and educators know how it feels to raise children with limited financial resources. They also know that "you don't have to look like you have a need to have a need" and they are deeply committed to helping families in any way they can. They also want to show their family and friends that there is power is giving when working together. 


The Dunn Foundation, along with support of family, friends, sponsors and donors have been able to provide over 3,000 families with free resources during the pandemic in the past year.


The Dunn Foundation is a family foundation who provide year round initiatives such as The Dunn Foundation Free HBCU College Experience Tour, Annual Back to School Giveaway, Annual Turkey Giveaway providing over 600 families each year with a free turkey and sides. In addition, The Dunn Foundation host a Annual Warming Hearts for the Homeless Initiative, where they provide hundreds of individuals with a book bag that includes blankets, gloves, hats, scarfs, hand-warmers and snacks every year on Christmas Day at So Others Might Eat Homeless Feeding site in Washington, DC.


Dunn said he will never forget his roots and the value of helping others. The Dunn Foundation believes that providing people with resources of support not only puts a smile on their faces, it also gives them "hope" which is the first step toward getting pass life's challenges.


"It's not about your start, it's about your finish"

William Dunn

"Adidas Sound Mind Sound Body Tour"

Our Story

The Dunn Foundation featured in Longwood Magazine

Longwood University Magazine August, 2021

"A Family Foundation by just about any measure, the past year or so has been far from ordinary. But for the Dunn family, it's been pretty much business as usual. They run the Dunn Foundation, created in 2006 by Dr. William Dunn'91(seated, right), a therapeutic recreation major who was the captain of the men's basketball team at Longwood"....

Longwood University Magazine article continued..

"The foundation successfully completed it two signature events in 2020 during the pandemic with several drive-thru events, giving away 535 free bookbags filled with school supplies and 600 free Thanksgiving turkeys plus sides to residents in the Washington, DC, region, said Dunn. Those initiatives and others supported by donors including Booze, Allen, Hamilton and Chick Fil-A have reached more than 2,000 people during the pandemic, Dunn added. "Our mission is to change the world through giving. If we all do a little bit, ,we can help a lot," he said.

The Dunn Foundation 10th Annual Back-to-School Free Bookbags & Supplies Drive-Thru Giveaway

The Dunn Foundation has continued to provide families with support during the pandemic with several drive-thru events

The Dunn Foundation provided 1,000 children with free book bags, supplies and a bag of fruit during its Annual Back to School Free Giveaway.

Every child received a free book bag, supplies, Chick Fil-A free meal card and a Bag of Fruit. 


"It is because of the generous support from our family, friends and sponsors that we are all able to change the world thru giving"  -The Dunn Foundation

The Dunn Foundation teams with 

Paint Branch High School Football Team (MD)

The Paint Branch High School Football team packed book bags and filled them with school supplies for 800 students in the Washington, DC region for The Dunn Foundation 10th Annual Back to School Giveaway

The Dunn Foundation hosted a Student-Athlete Annual Virtual College Tour of Morgan State University

We've loved every minute of our journey

The Dunn Foundation Student-Athlete Virtual College Tour of Morgan State University featuring Head Coach Tyrone Wheatley

https://admissions.morgan.edu/ondemand/


The Dunn Foundation partnered with Morgan State University to host its Annual College Tour virtually during the pandemic. Learn about Morgan State University Football facilities, academic and athletic requirements through virtual tour. 


Special Guest- Head Football Coach, Tyrone Wheatley, NFL Alumni will take you through a tour of Morgan State University football athletic facility, discuss academic requirements and talk about what it takes to play on the Division I level. Over 75 athletes participated in this event.


The Dunn Foundation MLK Day of Service

The Dunn Foundation is partnering with So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E) nonprofit organization to support MLK National Day of Service, Jan. 18, 2021 to pack hundreds of lunches for the homeless in Washington, DC. 


The Dunn Foundation has partnered with S.O.M.E. since 2004 to provide resources of support for over 1,000 homeless individuals and families. 


The Dunn Foundation partners and volunteers support homelessness in the Washington, DC area year-round with our Monthly Snack Bag Distribution.

 

To support or donate:

cash app: $dunnfoundation

PayPal: paypal.me/dunnfoundation

$25-$100

To purchase items and have them shipped:

 click on this link https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/228F43V6YOR7D?type=wishlist



The Dunn Foundation "Warming Hearts for the Holidays Homeless Initiative" 

The Dunn Foundation partners with So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E) nonprofit organization to provide 300 bookbags of warming items for the homeless on Christmas Eve that will include: blankets, socks, gloves, handwarmers, toiletry kits and snacks.


To donate:

cash app: $dunnfoundation

PayPal: paypal.me/dunnfoundation

$25-$100

To purchase items and have them shipped:

 click on this link https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/228F43V6YOR7D?type=wishlist



The Dunn Foundation Annual Free Turkey Giveaway 

The Dunn Family Foundation Annual Turkey Giveaway, each year provides over 600 families with a free turkey basket for Thanksgiving during the pandemic at Iverson Mall. The Dunn Foundation has provided over 3,000 families with free turkeys for Thanksgiving. 


To donate to The Dunn Foundation programs

cash app: $dunnfoundation

PayPal: paypal.me/dunnfoundation




The Dunn Foundation Annual Free Bookbag & Supplies Giveaway started with handing out a few bookbags to children in a community center. Over the past eight years we have been able to provide over 5,000 children with book bags, supplies, free Chick-Fil-A meals, haircuts, hair braiding, dental checks and more. 

It is because of the support from the many partners like Greenberg & Bederman, Chick Fil -A, Prince Georg's Continental Societies, Lifting As We Climb Foundation, NBC, The Rose Foundation, Iverson Mall, WPGC, Suitland Jazz Ensemble and the many other supporters. Without your support it couldn't happen.


We Thank You 

The Dunn Foundation Annual Free Bookbag & Supplies Giveaway 

Provided over 550 students with free backpacks, supplies, Chick-Fil-A meals, haircut and hairstyling vouchers to assist with online learning during the coronavirus epidemic ‚Äč

The Dunn Foundation

provided free Chick Fil-A lunches to staff at Seabury Friendship Terrance Senior Living Facility

"The Dunn Foundation First Responders Free Lunch Initiative" are providing free lunch to a healthcare facility to show our appreciation for your sacrifice and hard work. To nominate your facility follow us on Instagram and post a picture of your healthcare facility then tag us on your social media @thedunnfoundation #thedunnfoundation

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The Dunn Foundation

provided staff free lunches at Fairfax INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute 

"The Dunn Foundation First Responders Free Lunch Initiative" are providing free lunch to a healthcare facility to show our appreciation for your sacrifice and hard work. To nominate your facility follow us on Instagram and post a picture of your healthcare facility @thedunnfoundation then tag us on your social media: #thedunnfoundation

Follow us:

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Facebook @iamdunnperiod @thedunnfoundation

Twitter @thedunnfoundation

The Dunn Foundation

provided 100 free lunches for healthcare workers at Children's National Medical Center

"The Dunn Foundation First Responders Free Lunch Initiative" are providing free lunch to a healthcare facility to show our appreciation for your sacrifice and hard work. To nominate your facility follow us on Instagram and post a picture of your healthcare facility @thedunnfoundation then tag #thedunnfoundation


Follow us:

Instagram @thedunnfoundation

Facebook @iamdunnperiod @thedunnfoundation

Twitter @thedunnfoundation


To donate:

cash app: $dunnfoundation

PayPal: paypal.me/dunnfoundation


The Dunn Foundation Annual Back to School Giveaway


Dunn with NBC News 4 Reporter Molette Green, Angela Suggs and Trevelle Harvey, Owner of Chick Fil A.


The Dunn Foundation, Chick Fil- A (District Heights), Continental Societies (PG Chapter) and the many  partners  provided over 500 children with free book bags, school supplies, free haircuts, free hairstyles, free dental checks and free food just before school started and was featured on NBC News for their efforts.





The Dunn Foundation and Lifting As We Climb

Dunn and Siraaj Hasan, Founder of The Lifting As We Climb Foundation

The Dunn Foundation and The Lifting As We Climb Foundation have provided over 1000 families in the Ward 7 Northeast neighborhood of Washington, DC with a turkey for Thanksgiving


The Dunn Foundation

The Dunn Family Foundation have provided: 

 -4000 Free turkeys to families for Thanksgiving

-2500 Free book bags to kids for School

-2000 snack bags to the Homeless

-5,000 free meals to families


"Anyone can change the world through giving"

William Dunn, 2018

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Dates to Remember

The Dunn Foundation 2020-21 Community Schedule

December, 2020

July 6, 2019

The Dunn Foundation Foundation "Warming Hearts for the Homeless Initiative"

Thursday, December 24, 2020- 71 O Street NW, Washington, DC


January, 18 

2021


The Dunn Foundation "MLK Day of Service" Initiative-S.O.M.E, 71 Ost NW, Washington, DC

The Dunn Foundation volunteers partnered with S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) will be packing lunches for the homeless

February,

2021


The Dunn Foundation Black Lives Matter College Scholarships Applications

Applications will be available prior to February 15, 2021, continue to check the website.

Saturdays

Monthly, 2021

The Dunn Foundation Homeless Support Program

The Dunn Foundation provides monthly snacks and clothes to the homeless on the 3rd Saturday of each month

To support this initiative please email: [email protected] 

August, 21

2021


Nov,. 7, 2019

The Dunn Foundation Annual Free Bookbag, Supplies and Bags of Fruits Giveaway

The Dunn Foundation will host its Annual Back to School Event on August 21, 2021 at Iverson Mall from 9:00am-11:00am. This event will be a Drive-Thru event. Registration will begin July 21, 2021

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