The Washington Children’s Foundation traces its origins to the early part of the nineteenth century and the very first organized effort, public or private, on behalf of children orphaned during the War of 1812. The Washington City Orphan Asylum was founded in 1815, with the First Lady, Dolly Madison, as its first President. Today, the Washington Children’s Foundation remains dedicated to supporting at-risk children in the District of Columbia. We seek out organizations which have a strong record of providing such support, and make grants which we hope will ensure their continuing success.