Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Receives Unprecedented $10 Million Gift from Local Philanthropist.

WHAT:  High profile, large investment of $10 Million given to support youth incubator for STEM, advocacy and global issues. First eight-figure gift given to organization, the second large scale donation received by BGCGW. In 2022, Mackenzie Scott generously gifted a $6.8 Million gift.

WHODr. Sachiko Kuno, Washington, DC philanthropist and Japanese-born scientist, gifts $10 million investment to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s new Sachiko Kuno Center of Transformation. The center will be a first of its kind incubator for new ideas and engagement.

WHERE:  Funding will transform 33 year old Washington, DC Club into a state-of-the-art facility designed to support local and national Boys & Girls Club teens pursuing solutions for global issues.

WHEN:  Architectural plans and renderings developed in 2023, groundbreaking planned for 2024.

Public announcement and press release to follow.

“We are honored by this gift and thrilled to recognize her through the naming of our Center of Transformation,” said, Gabrielle Webster. “As the Nation’s Boys & Girls Club, this partnership will create a legacy for the youth and communities we serve locally and across the country. When our kids are offered world-class opportunities, they exceed all expectation and become the leaders our world needs.”

“We need to prepare young people for tomorrow by setting them up for success today,” Dr. Kuno said. “Whether it’s impact-driven businesses or Boys & Girls Clubs, supporting the young minds with the space, program and resources they need will equip them to find solutions for our world’s greatest problems.”

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) was founded in 1886 and is one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. BGCGW is a leader in youth development, serving children and teens annually across Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Today’s BGCGW evolved through sponsorships from the Rotary Club of Washington before the organization merged with the Metropolitan Police Boys & Girls Clubs in 2003. BGCGW provides low to no-cost afterschool and summer camp programs. These programs fill vital gaps in academic and arts enrichment, character development and healthy living. BGCGW helps boys and girls of all backgrounds and creates a positive environment where children are encouraged to set their ambitions and develop the steps for turning them into reality. With 98% of high school senior Club Kids graduating and 95% of seniors pursuing four-year college or community college degrees, BGCGW is frequently the catalyst between other community organizations, schools, parents and local government. BGCGW is committed to continuous improvement of the “Optimum Club Experience;” consistently analyzing areas for growth and improvement to ensure high-yielding impacts in the lives of our country’s youth. For more information visit our website at BCGGW.org.

Media Contact: Robert Anderson | randerson@bgcgw.org