Where and how does our region grow? That is the question that CSG tackles each day, seeking solutions to the closely-linked challenges of housing, transportation, energy, and the environment. The final goal? Well-planned developments and better transit choices for all those who call this region home. Combining research and policy work, CSG reviews and endorses development and transportation projects and policies, and has formed a lively, committed network of community partners. When a new development project is in the works, or a conservation group and transit developer are in conflict, CSG can be one of their first calls. Groundbreaking reports on pedestrian safety and affordable housing are not just published, but also shared and discussed in the media and online. Walking Tours and Forums also educate a range of civic leaders and community members about smart growth solutions. Everything from high gas prices to changing demographics signal the significance of livable, walkable communities. With CSG we will discover, together, just how to build them.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Not age related

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

Named one of the best small non-profits in the Washington region by the Catalogue for Philanthropy in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Executive Director, Stewart Schwartz featured in Washington Business Journal's "Power 100" list.


Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

Budget (FY2011)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Coalition for Smarter Growth is: Less than $500k

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue selected us as one of its featured charities! Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $29 million for charities across Greater Washington.

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