The Federal City Council (FC2) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization dedicated to the advancement of civic life in the nation’s capital.

Established in 1954, the FC2 recognizes that improvements in the District of Columbia’s social, economic and physical infrastructure require innovative, tireless work. ​We seek long-term solutions to complex, community-based problems that produce lasting change and a stronger D.C.

What We Do

A Catalyst for Progress

Serving as a catalyst for progress, the FC2 focuses the talents of its Trustees—many of Washington, D.C.’s most respected business and professional leaders—on major initiatives and civic projects to enhance the vitality and resiliency of the nation’s capital. Working collaboratively with public and private sector institutions, the FC2 delivers innovative, achievable solutions to deeply embedded challenges.

How We Operate

Core Principles

The FC2’s work is based on core principles that are a result of its deep commitment to and broad understanding of community-based change. First and foremost, it is a catalyst, providing short-term assistance to expedite improvements in the nation’s capital.

Guidance & Assistance

The FC2 responds to requests for guidance and assistance from public officials, community organizations and civic leaders by launching initiatives and nurturing new institutions, after careful review, to urge a particular course of action.

Activating Institutions

The FC2 devotes itself to a few major issues at any one time, setting clear priorities based on urgency, consequence and alignment with its mission. The FC2 is known for leveraging partnerships to fill in obvious service gaps, rarely taking permanent operational responsibility.

Why We Are Needed

A D.C. voice in the Nation’s Capital.

Washington’s unique and fragmented governmental structure reflects often-divergent interests and concerns. With the nation’s capital as its home, the FC2 seeks to bridge gaps, working with all levels and branches of federal and local governments to increase effective communication and to facilitate community development to improve the nation’s capital.

Areas of Focus