By Andrea Peirce

Neal Peirce; Courtesy of Author

In December 2019, Southwest lost one of St. Augustine’s founding members: Neal Peirce. Peirce was a lifelong journalist who moved to Southwest in the 1960s. He is also recognized as one of the founders of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA).

Over the past year, the Peirce family has begun the work of establishing a foundation in Neal’s name to help perpetuate the urban solutions journalism work he championed for so long.  

Starting in 2021, the foundation will award travel grants to young journalists in the U.S. writing about novel approaches to health disparities, social injustice and inequity, climate change, and other challenges.

The foundation is a D.C. nonprofit corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status. To make a donation, please send a check (of any amount) written out to The Neal Peirce Foundation at:

Germaine Broussard
Arete Wealth, 8500 Leesburg Pike, Suite 209
Vienna, VA 22182
(ATTN – The Neal Peirce Foundation)


Thank you! The foundation appreciates each and every contribution!

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