Catalogue Class of 2017-18

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As we celebrate our 16th year, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is proud to announce the Class of 2018-19. Each of these nonprofits has been chosen, from 200+ applications, as "one of the best" local nonprofits in the region.


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  1. Access Youth (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Restorative justice programming to reduce truancy and suspensions.

  2. Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Food, clothing, education & emergency support for underserved families.

  3. After-School All-Stars DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Free, comprehensive after-school programs for low-income DC middle schools.

  4. The Arc of Northern Virginia (2018) (Falls Church, VA)
    Advocacy and services for those living with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  5. Art Enables (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Vocational program and art gallery for artists with disabilities.

  6. ArtStream (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Uses the performing arts to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  7. Asian American LEAD (2018) (Washington, DC)
    After school and summer mentoring programs targeting low-income Asian American youth.

  8. Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Empowers young adults and the anti-poverty agencies at which they are placed.

  9. The Barker Adoption Foundation (2017) (Bethesda , MD)
    Offers adoption, education, and support services for birth, adoptive parents and adopted children.

  10. Beacon House (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Closing the academic achievement gap for youth in Ward 5.

  11. Best Buddies Capital Region (2018) (Falls Church, VA)
    Creating inclusion opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  12. Beyond Borders (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Works to end child slavery, gender-based violence, and extreme poverty in Haiti.

  13. Bishop John T Walker School for Boys (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Tuition-free independent school located east of the Anacostia River.

  14. Bridges to Independence (2018) (Arlington, VA)
    Helping families overcome homelessness and achieve stable, independent futures.

  15. BUILD Metro DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Entrepreneurship and college readiness program for students from under-resourced communities.

  16. Byte Back (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Free tech training and career services for low-income adults.

  17. C&O Canal Trust (2017) (Hagerstown, MD)
    Works to preserve and protect the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

  18. Capital Fringe (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Connects independent artists and adventurous audiences across DC.

  19. Capital Partners for Education (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Mentoring and college/career readiness for low-income DC-area students.

  20. Carpe Diem Arts (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Building community and celebrating diversity through visual, literary and performing arts.

  21. Carpenter's Shelter (2017) (Alexandria, VA)
    Shelter and supportive services for homeless adults and families.

  22. Casa Chirilagua (2017) (Alexandria, VA)
    Community-based organization for at-risk families in the Central American immigrant community.

  23. Center for Inspired Teaching (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Transforms school experiences through engagement-based education and innovative teacher training.

  24. Centreville Immigration Forum (2017) (Centreville, VA)
    Supports immigrant community with employment protection, English classes and skills training.

  25. Chamber Dance Project (2017) (Washington , DC)
    Contemporary ballet with live music and intimate, interactive settings.

  26. The Child & Family Network Centers (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
    Free early education and family services for at risk youth.

  27. Aspire Counseling (2018) (Gaithersburg, MD)
    Mental health/wellness for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

  28. Children's Science Center (2017) (Fairfax, VA)
    Northern Virginia's first non-profit interactive children's science center.

  29. The Christ Child Society of Washington DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Fulfills emotional, educational, and material needs of at-risk children and mothers.

  30. City Blossoms (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Fosters healthy communities by developing kid-driven green spaces.

  31. City Kids Wilderness Project (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Academic and life success through empowerment and outdoor adventure.

  32. Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Catalyzes affordable housing and economic development in DC.

  33. CollegeTracks (2018) (Bethesda, MD)
    Helping low-income students get to and through postsecondary education.

  34. Collegiate Directions, Inc (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
    Supports low-income, first generation students to and through college.

  35. Common Good City Farm (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Growing food, educating, and serving the community.

  36. Common Threads (2018) (Largo, MD)
    Cooking and nutrition education provider for underserved kids and families.

  37. Community Advocates for Family & Youth (2018) (Capitol Heights, MD)
    Helping to embrace, educate, and empower those affected by crime.

  38. Community Power Network (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Builds a clean, equitable, and local renewable energy system through solar co-ops.

  39. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County (2017) (Riverdale, MD)
    Advocates for and protects abused and neglected children in foster care.

  40. Critical Exposure (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Empowers low-income youth of color through photography and advocacy training.

  41. Crossroads Community Food Network (2018) (Takoma Park, MD)
    Building a healthier, more inclusive, local food system.

  42. DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Uses advocacy and programming to cut DC's teen pregnancy rate in half.

  43. DC Diaper Bank (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Alleviates financial stress on families by providing diapers to low-income families.

  44. DC Greens (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Advancing food justice in the nation's capital.

  45. DC Hunger Solutions (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Working to improve the nutrition of low-income District residents.

  46. DC SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment) (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Ensuring safety and self-determination for domestic violence survivors in DC.

  47. DC SCORES (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Uses poetry, soccer and service learning to inspire youth in after-school programs.

  48. Anacostia Playhouse (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Theater performances, exhibitions, and instruction in an under-served neighborhood.

  49. The Delaplaine Arts Center (2017) (Frederick, MD)
    Engages 80,000 visitors a year in a full-service, regional visual arts center.

  50. Do the Write Thing Foundation of DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    After-school and summer arts enrichment in Wards 7 and 8.

  51. Dream Project (2018) (Arlington, VA)
    Mentoring and scholarships to empower undocumented students to attend college.

  52. Earth Sangha (2017) (Fairfax, VA)
    Ecological restoration and maintenance of the most comprehensive native plant nursery in the region.

  53. The Family Place (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Empowers low-income Latino families with educational and support services.

  54. Family Preservation and Strengthening Services (2017) (Vienna, VA)
    Housing and case management for Fairfax working homeless.

  55. Food for Others (2018) (Fairfax, VA)
    Providing free food to neighbors in need in Northern Virginia.

  56. FRESHFARM (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Supports local farmers, food access, education and outreach through 14 area markets.

  57. Friends of Greenbelt Theatre (2018) (Greenbelt, MD)
    Independent movie theater offering diverse programs for all our communities.

  58. Fund for Investigative Journalism (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Supporting independent investigative journalism through grants, fellowships, and mentorships.

  59. Generation Hope (2018) (Washington , DC)
    College completion and pre-k services for teen parents and children.

  60. Girls Inc of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Preparing girls to be healthy, educated, and independent women.

  61. Global Kids (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Global affairs and leadership development program for underserved youth.

  62. The Grassroot Project (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Training athletes to be health educators for teens.

  63. Great and Small (2017) (Boyds, MD)
    Equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.

  64. Health Volunteers Overseas (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Professional training and education for health workers in resource-scarce countries.

  65. Healthy Babies Project (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Health services, core needs for low-income, pregnant DC teens and women.

  66. Hope Connections for Cancer Support (2018) (Bethesda, MD)
    Free cancer programs providing emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

  67. Hope for Henry Foundation (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Reinventing the way hospitals care for seriously-ill children.

  68. Hope House DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Helping children and their incarcerated fathers build stronger bonds.

  69. Hospice Caring (2017) (Gaithersburg, MD)
    Companionship and practical help for end-of-life and support during grieving.

  70. Housing Initiative Partnership (2017) (Hyattsville, MD)
    Housing developer and counseling agency for low-income communities.

  71. The Human Trafficking Legal Center (2017) (Washington , DC)
    Legal counsel and an opportunity to rebuild their lives for trafficking survivors.

  72. Insight Memory Care Center (2018) (Fairfax, VA)
    Alzheimer's and dementia adult day health and education/resource center.

  73. Marlow Guitar International (2017) (Rockville, MD)
    Creating community through concerts, master classes, youth competitions, and outreach.

  74. Jews United for Justice (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Builds support for social, racial, and economic justice and equality in local communities.

  75. Joe's Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus (2017) (Mount Rainier, MD)
    Classes, performances, arts education and work readiness for youth.

  76. Josh Anderson Foundation (2018) (Vienna, VA)
    Suicide prevention resources and support for teens.

  77. Jubilee JumpStart (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Quality, affordable early childhood education in a dual language environment.

  78. Just Neighbors (2017) (Annandale, VA)
    Legal services for low-income immigrants in Northern Virginia.

  79. Kids R First (2017) (Reston, VA)
    Purchases and delivers grade-appropriate school supplies to needy children in Northern Virginia.

  80. La Cocina VA (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    Promotes healthy food and empowers immigrants with culinary jobs and entrepreneurship skills.

  81. Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services (2017) (Laurel, MD)
    Helps people in financial crisis regain stability and achieve self-sufficiency.

  82. Life Asset (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Provides low-income entrepreneurs with business loans and training.

  83. LIFT-DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Empowering families to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

  84. Literacy Council of Montgomery County (2017) (Rockville, MD)
    High-quality English language and literacy instruction for adults.

  85. Little Friends for Peace (2018) (Mt. Rainier, MD)
    Responding to personal & systemic violence with tested peace-building skills.

  86. Live It Learn It (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Closing the achievement gap, one field experience at a time.

  87. Loudoun Hunger Relief (2018) (Leesburg, VA)
    Feeding the hungry of Loudoun County, Virginia.

  88. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (2018) (Arlington, VA)
    Using a customized adoption process to find loving homes for dogs and cats.

  89. Mamatoto Village (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Holistic maternal health and wellness programs for expectant mothers.

  90. Manna Food Center (2018) (Gaithersburg, MD)
    The main Food Bank serving Montgomery County.

  91. Mary House (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Helps low-income and refugee families rebuild their lives.

  92. MentorPrize (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
    Recruits and matches mentors with mentoring programs in the DC area.

  93. Mercy Health Clinic (2018) (Gaithersburg, MD)
    Primary and specialty outpatient healthcare for the medically underserved.

  94. Metropolitan Washington Ear (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Operates free news services for the blind, visually impaired and disabled.

  95. Mi Casa (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Preserves affordable housing to support and strengthen healthy, diverse neighborhoods.

  96. Mikva Challenge DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens.

  97. Mobile Hope (2018) (Leesburg, VA)
    Improving the lives of precariously housed and homeless youth.

  98. Mosaic Theater Company of DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Theater company with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and community engagement.

  99. Multicultural Community Service (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Encouraging, promoting, and facilitating broad and inclusive civic engagement.

  100. My Sister's Place (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence.

  101. Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Providing legal services to low-income DC residents.

  102. Network for Victim Recovery of DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Empowers crime victims through case management and legal services.

  103. New Endeavors by Women (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Heals lives of homeless women and children by creating new futures.

  104. NOVA ScriptsCentral (2018) (Burke, VA)
    Nonprofit pharmacy providing life-saving medications for uninsured patients in Virginia.

  105. One Common Unity (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Empowering youth through the transformative power of the arts.

  106. One World Education (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Gives students and teachers the tools they need to improve student literacy rates.

  107. Only Make Believe (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities.

  108. Open City Advocates (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Supports youth in DC's juvenile system with legal advocacy and mentoring programs.

  109. PEN/Faulkner Foundation (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Fosters a love of reading and a connection to writing through public readings and educational programs.

  110. A Place To Be (2018) (Middleburg, VA)
    Music therapy for people with disability, medical, or life challenges.

  111. Pointless Theatre Company (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Multi-disciplinary, puppet-based theatre company exciting a passion for adventurous art.

  112. The Posse Foundation (2018) (Washington, DC)
    College access and leadership program for high school students.

  113. Potomac Community Resources (2017) (Potomac, MD)
    Provides therapeutic, recreational, social and educational programs for teens and adults with developmental differences.

  114. Potomac Conservancy (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Protects the Potomac River through local advocacy and conservation solutions.

  115. Potomac Riverkeeper Network (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Protecting and defending the Potomac River.

  116. Prince George's Child Resource Center (2018) (Largo, MD)
    Supports parents and child care providers so children can thrive.

  117. Prince William Area Free Clinic (2018) (Woodbridge, VA)
    Free medical clinic serving low-income, uninsured patients.

  118. Prince William Conservation Alliance (2018) (Woodbridge, VA)
    Inspiring action and working together to create sustainable communities for all.

  119. Project Change (2018) (Olney, MD)
    Students achieving positive change in themselves and their community.

  120. Protect Our Defenders (2018) (McLean, VA)
    Assistance and advocacy for victims of military sexual trauma.

  121. Reach Incorporated (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Develops literacy leaders by training teens to be tutors.

  122. Real Food for Kids (2018) (Great Falls, VA)
    Advocates for improving school food/educating students on healthy choices.

  123. REAL School Gardens (2017) (Washington, DC)
    School gardens and comprehensive teacher training for Title 1 schools.

  124. Rock Recovery (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Unique and holistic eating disorder recovery services and community education.

  125. Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Supporting, coaching, training our unhoused/unemployed neighbors to reach their goals.

  126. SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
    Child abuse prevention through public/parent education and child advocacy.

  127. Senior Services of Alexandria (2017) (Alexandria, VA)
    Fosters independence to enable Alexandria seniors to age in place.

  128. Shout Mouse Press (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Writing program and publishing house for unheard voices.

  129. Split This Rock (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Presenting, teaching, and cultivating the next generation of socially engaged poets.

  130. Stepping Stones Shelter (2018) (Rockville, MD)
    Emergency shelter for homeless families with children in Montgomery County.

  131. Stone Soup Films (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Amplifies nonprofit impact through storytelling and video.

  132. Story Tapestries (2018) (Germantown, MD)
    Using the arts to power literacy, create understanding, and building community.

  133. Suited for Change (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Providing professional attire and job-readiness support.

  134. Sunflower Bakery (2018) (Gaithersburg, MD)
    Skilled job training and employment for individuals with learning differences.

  135. The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Award-winning provider of theatre education for children, teens, and adults.

  136. Together We Bake (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
    Job training and personal development program for women in need.

  137. Touching Heart (2017) (Herndon, VA)
    Provides children with tools to become the compassionate leaders of tomorrow.

  138. Tzedek DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Safeguarding the rights of low-income DC families facing debt-related crises.

  139. Urban Ed (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Transforms lives by creating hope and opportunity through information technology and skill development.

  140. The Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade (2017) (Falls Church, VA)
    Improves community health in the Comayagua region of Honduras.

  141. Washington Area Bicyclist Association (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Advocacy, outreach, and education for better bicycling for everyone.

  142. Washington Bach Consort (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Professional baroque ensemble serving residents of all ages in DC.

  143. Washington English Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    English classes and workforce development programs for adult immigrants.

  144. Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Legal services, advocacy, outreach, and education to address homelessness and affordable housing.

  145. Washington Urban Debate League (2018) (Washington , DC)
    Providing after school debate in under-served communities.

  146. We Are Family Senior Outreach Network (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Services for low-income seniors to help them age in place.

  147. Wilderness Leadership & Learning (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Develops life skills for youth with experiential learning, leadership training, and service.

  148. Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
    Strengthens women's technology, communication, and advocacy skills to support democratic and ethical practices, and enhance human rights.

  149. Woodley House (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Provides mental health housing and support services to adults with chronic and persistent mental illness.

  150. Yellow Ribbon Fund (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
    Provides programs to make daily life more manageable for wounded service members and their family caregivers.

  151. Young Artists of America (2017) (Rockville, MD)
    Excellence in vocal and instrumental training for youth.

  152. Young Playwrights' Theater (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Uses the art of playwriting to enhance student literacy, creative expression, and communication.

  153. Youth Leadership Foundation (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
    Enriching underserved youth and families in the DC area with mentorship and character education.

Total: 153