The mission of the Deerbrook Charitable Trust is to provide
individuals of all ages with opportunities for a better education,
a stronger family, a healthier life, and a more secure future.



The Deerbrook Charitable Trust is a private foundation that was funded in 2006 by the late Hays Clark.  Mr. Clark had a keen interest in assisting others, especially children and youth so that they might have opportunities for more secure futures. 

The Trust supports selected local, regional, and national organizations in the United States serving children, youth, and families.  The Trust also supports work of selected organizations that improves or increases their effectiveness in delivering services, including efforts to alleviate critical shortages of healthcare providers, non-profit management, and other areas of need identified by the trustees.  The Trust is particularly interested in supporting work that intentionally utilizes persons fifty years old and above who wish to use their expertise and life experience to assist organizations and individuals in fulfilling their goals. 

Recent activities of the Trust include support for capacity building, mentoring activities, research, education, and health initiatives that in various ways support the broad interests of the Trust.  The Trust has developed partnerships with organizations exploring new ideas and efforts; supported established service providers that are ready to move to a higher level of engagement; assisted educational institutions seeking to meet specific societal needs, and supported community-based organizations responding to local issues.  The Trust has provided funding for capital needs that enhance the efforts of growing organizations.

Grant Proposals

Update: June 2019

Please be advised: in keeping with the founding donors' wishes and instructions, the trustees of the Deerbrook Charitable Trust are working to commit all of its financial resources and sunset the Trust within the next four years – by the end of 2023. Consequently, effective immediately, the Trust will not accept any funding requests from organizations that have not previously received funding from Deerbrook Charitable Trust. All current funding commitments will be honored. Extensions and renewals of existing grants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information

Arthur E. Sundstrom, Executive Director
Deerbrook Charitable Trust
Two Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7007

Tel: 240.235.5030