Dupont Circle has long been home to civic-minded organizations and nonprofits that enrich the lives of its residents and small businesses.
The mission of Historic Dupont Main Streets is to promote and plan the improvements of the cultural, physical, and economic qualities of Dupont Circle, and maintain those improvements, to make the neighborhood an exemplary place to live, work, and play.
The Dupont Circle Conservancy, formed in 1978, is an all-volunteer membership-based nonprofit educational organization. Its mission is to promote preservation of the historic and architectural character of the Dupont Circle Historic District and nearby areas.
Charlie’s Place was founded in 1990 as a non-denominational, anti-hunger, homeless ministry, and has served homeless neighbors in Dupont Circle for 28 years. The organization provides daily meals and a host of services, including art therapy, haircuts, case management, clothing distribution and a licensed clinical nurse practitioner. Charlie’s Place is an outreach arm of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. What began as a group of socially concerned parishioners has now expanded to a weeklong program, employing four staff members, that prides itself on its reputation for providing a safe, reliable and welcoming environment.