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 8,000 families with free resources over the past 10 years. With the help of their many partners The Dunn Foundation has helped over 3,00 families 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.

Chick Fil-A for the Homeless Initiative


The Dunn Foundation has partnered Chick Fil-A (District Heights, MD location) to provide 500 free Chick Fil-A meals and snack bags, that will be handed out at 

So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E)

Saturday March 19, 2022 

71 Ost NW,

Washington, DC 


(S.O.M.E) is a daily feeding site that provides breakfast and lunch meals to the homeless population 

7 days a week/365 days a year. 


The Dunn Foundation, is an official nonprofit partner with S.O.M.E. has provided over 2000 free meals, masks, snacks, clothing items and more to the homeless population during the past year of the pandemic and provides year round programs to address homelessness in the Washington, DC region.



$25 will help provide a meal and snack bag for at least one homeless person


To Donate:

cash app: $DunnDF

PayPal: paypal.me/dunnfoundation




The Dunn Foundation Annual Turkey Giveaway 

Over the past year during the pandemic The Dunn Foundation continued to provide free resources of support for families in the Washington, DC/MD/VA area with several drive-thru initiatives. 

Over the past ten years The Dunn Foundation Annual Turkey Giveaway provides families with a free turkey and sides for Thanksgiving. In 2021 despite the pandemic challenges, The Dunn Foundation was able to provide over 600 families with a free turkey and sides in two separate locations.  


In 2021 The Dunn Foundation reached a milestone of providing over 5,000 families with a free turkeys for Thanksgiving. This initiative started in 2011 when Dunn gave away one turkey to a family. It was the reaction he received from that family that changed his life forever. After realizing that a free turkey can lift a family's spirit, Dunn decided to work with his family and friends to start an annual event and the rest is history. 


The Dunn Foundation wants to THANK all of you for your continuous support, donations and volunteer efforts, this milestone couldn't have happened without the support of so many. 

"Working Together to Change the World"

The Dunn Foundation

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 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: $DunnDF

PayPal: paypal.me/dunnfoundation

$25-$100

To purchase items and have them shipped:

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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

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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:

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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

If you are interested in donating or partnering with The Dunn Foundation email: [email protected]

Contact

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Dates to Remember

The Dunn Foundation 2022 Community Schedule

Saturdays

Monthly

July 6, 2019

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] 


 TBA


The Dunn Foundation College Tour 

The Dunn Foundation Free Annual College, providing students with a real-life experience touring  historical black colleges. All students are provided with a free SAT and ACT online study guide

July 2022


The Dunn Foundation Black Lives Matter College Scholarships Applications

Applications will be available provided prior to June 2022, continue to check the website for registration updates.


August 20 2022

The Dunn Foundation Annual Back to School Giveaway

The Dunn Foundation will host its Annual Back to School Event provided free backpacks and school supplies.  Location and details TBA. Continue to check the website for registration updates.

November 19

2022


Nov,. 7, 2019

The Dunn Foundation Annual Free Turkey Giveaway

The Dunn Foundation will host its Annual Free Turkey Giveaway provided free turkeys and sides to families. Location and details TBA. Continue to check the website for registration.