Clark Charitable Foundation
The Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a private organization funded by the A. James Clark Family and managed by its President, Courtney Clark Pastrick. The Foundation's mission is to provide a better quality of life for people living primarily in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. The Foundation places particular emphasis on organizations or programs that benefit the disadvantaged and those involving medical research, health care, and education.
Because the Foundation's programs are carefully focused to achieve its goals, grants are awarded as part of Foundation-initiated searches. The Foundation requests proposals from grantees it has identified through a careful screening process.
Courtney Clark Pastrick is an active member of the Washington, D.C. philanthropic community. Ms. Pastrick serves on the Board of Trustees for the Washington Jesuit Academy (a middle school for at-risk boys in Washington, D.C.), DC-CAP (a college access program for public and charter school students in the District of Columbia), CDI (Collegiate Directions, Inc., a college access program for low-income, first-generation-to-college students in Maryland), and Vanderbilt University. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Washington Episcopal School, Everybody Wins! (a mentoring and literacy program in the District of Columbia), Samaritan Inns, the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, Sidwell Friends School, William Wendt Center for Loss and Grieving and WETA. In addition, Ms. Pastrick has served on the steering committee for the Children’s Hospital National Campaign and is the Past President of the Board of Trustees of the National Child Research Center. She has also been involved in major fundraising endeavors for Catholic Charities and Gonzaga College High School.
A member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Association, Ms. Pastrick has served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the House Agriculture Committee of the United States House of Representatives from 1985-1986. She served as an attorney with the law firm of Shapiro & Olander of Baltimore, Maryland from 1982-1984 and was a Judicial Clerk for Judge Charles R. Richey in the United States District Court, Washington, D.C. from 1980-1982. Ms Pastrick earned her Juris Doctor in 1980 from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. from Duke University in 1977.