Take a community of emerging artists who need opportunities to share and develop their work. Pair that with an adventurous local audience, eager to experience all that is innovative and cutting-edge. Then watch Capital Fringe unfold. Since 2005, the summer Fringe Festival has infused palpable energy into the local arts scene – selling 29,000 tickets to 130 productions at over 20 venues around the city just last year. The festival is unjuried and open to all; Capital Fringe provides the performance space, staffing, and promotion, enabling each group to focus on the art. And the majority of ticket revenue (60% on average) goes back to the artists. Launched in 2009, fallFRINGE offers extended runs at new venues for standout pieces from the summer festival; the year-round Training Factory provides development opportunities for established and emerging artists, from a solo performance roundtable to a How to Fringe workshop. What’s next? Securing a permanent home for Capital Fringe and an energizing space where artists and audiences converge. You can help set the scene.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Adult; Elderly

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 20%; Asian American, 5%; Caucasian, 70%; Latino/Hispanic, 5%

Population(s) Served: All; Disabled; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Awards & Recognition

2007 Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts

2007 Momentum Award from the Downtown DC BID.

2011 Mayor’s Arts Award Excellence in Service to the Arts.

2013 Helen Hayes Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership


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 (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Capital Fringe is: $500k to $1 million
  • 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.

If you like Capital Fringe you might also like