The Washington Post Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Donald Graham stands with The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy staff, including president and board chair Dr. George B. Thomas Sr.  ( (photo credit: Jeff Martin / )

The Washington Post and the McCormick Foundation awarded the first set of grants, which totaled $90,000, through The Washington Post Charities to four local nonprofits that focus on increasing educational opportunities for at-risk youth in the Washington, D.C. region.

The grant recipients are:

-Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area: $25,000 to support their Bigs In Schools program which offers One-To-One® mentoring for 4th-8th graders enrolled in DC Public Schools.

-Capital Partners for Education: $30,000 to help motivated, low-income high school students in the D.C.-area overcome academic and social barriers through mentoring and scholarships.

-Everybody Wins! DC: $25,000 to support the Power Lunch Program at Ross Elementary School which provides reading mentors for students once a week during the lunch hour.

-The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc.: $10,000 to support their Saturday School program which offers tutoring and mentoring support for students in Montgomery County.

From the release: "The Washington Post has a long tradition of supporting the local community through a variety of programs and initiatives," said Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Washington and CEO of Washington Post Media. "We are pleased to be able to build on this commitment by providing area nonprofits with financial support in the form of grants made through The Washington Post Charities. These grants would not be possible without the support and dedication of people in the region who want to help improve education for our area's underserved children."

"The Washington Post and McCormick Foundation share a commitment to addressing the growing needs of our local communities," said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. "These grantee partners are doing wonderful work with at-risk youth in the Greater D.C. area by providing mentoring and literacy services to help the kids get on a successful path."

The Washington Post Charities, in partnership with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, launched in 2009 and is dedicated to increasing educational opportunities available for at-risk youth and teens in the Greater Washington Region. The McCormick Foundation matches all gifts at 50 cents on the dollar, increasing the impact of charitable donations. The Washington Post and the Foundation pay all campaign and administrative expenses. One hundred percent of all gifts, plus the match, benefit underserved children.