Mission and Values:
At Pursue Foundation, a 501c3 organization, we are dedicated to promoting the economic self-sufficiency of marginalized communities who historically have been disenfranchised by government-sanctioned policy. Our mission is to empower and uplift communities by providing access to education, advocacy, and compassionate giving.
Our values of education, advocacy, and compassionate giving guide our work, allowing us to serve diverse populations in Washington, DC, from youth, families, to local entrepreneurs. We believe that by providing access to resources and support, we can help individuals and communities achieve economic self-sufficiency, enabling them to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Our organizational principles are based on the scripture in 1 Samuel 30:8, which inspires us to pursue our goals with determination, and to never give up, no matter the obstacles we may face. We believe that by pursuing our goals with faith and tenacity, we can overcome any challenges that come our way.
Our founder, Patrice Lancaster, is a native Washingtonian who has a passion for serving the community. Growing up in the Shaw community, Patrice's family was well known for their philanthropic efforts, and she learned the value of service from her grandmother, Audrey Parson, and her mother, Rev. Patricia Lancaster. Patrice has continued to carry on this legacy of service throughout her adult life, working with local organizations, elected officials, and candidates to advocate for the people and bring about positive change in the community.
At Pursue Foundation, we are committed to creating a world where everyone has access to the resources they need to succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances. We believe that through education, advocacy, and compassionate giving, we can help build a stronger, more equitable community for all.