Catalogue Class of
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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- Access Youth (2018) (Washington, DC)
Restorative justice programming to reduce truancy and suspensions.
- Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
Food, clothing, education & emergency support for underserved families.
- After-School All-Stars DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
Free, comprehensive after-school programs for low-income DC middle schools.
- The Arc of Northern Virginia (2018) (Falls Church, VA)
Advocacy and services for those living with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
- Art Enables (2018) (Washington, DC)
Vocational program and art gallery for artists with disabilities.
- ArtStream (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
Uses the performing arts to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Asian American LEAD (2018) (Washington, DC)
After school and summer mentoring programs targeting low-income Asian American youth.
- Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps (2017) (Washington, DC)
Empowers young adults and the anti-poverty agencies at which they are placed.
- The Barker Adoption Foundation (2017) (Bethesda , MD)
Offers adoption, education, and support services for birth, adoptive parents and adopted children.
- Beacon House (2018) (Washington, DC)
Closing the academic achievement gap for youth in Ward 5.
- Best Buddies Capital Region (2018) (Falls Church, VA)
Creating inclusion opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Beyond Borders (2017) (Washington, DC)
Works to end child slavery, gender-based violence, and extreme poverty in Haiti.
- Bishop John T Walker School for Boys (2018) (Washington, DC)
Tuition-free independent school located east of the Anacostia River.
- Bridges to Independence (2018) (Arlington, VA)
Helping families overcome homelessness and achieve stable, independent futures.
- BUILD Metro DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
Entrepreneurship and college readiness program for students from under-resourced communities.
- Byte Back (2018) (Washington, DC)
Free tech training and career services for low-income adults.
- C&O Canal Trust (2017) (Hagerstown, MD)
Works to preserve and protect the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
- Capital Fringe (2017) (Washington, DC)
Connects independent artists and adventurous audiences across DC.
- Capital Partners for Education (2018) (Washington, DC)
Mentoring and college/career readiness for low-income DC-area students.
- Carpe Diem Arts (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
Building community and celebrating diversity through visual, literary and performing arts.
- Carpenter's Shelter (2017) (Alexandria, VA)
Shelter and supportive services for homeless adults and families.
- Casa Chirilagua (2017) (Alexandria, VA)
Community-based organization for at-risk families in the Central American immigrant community.
- Center for Inspired Teaching (2017) (Washington, DC)
Transforms school experiences through engagement-based education and innovative teacher training.
- Centreville Immigration Forum (2017) (Centreville, VA)
Supports immigrant community with employment protection, English classes and skills training.
- Chamber Dance Project (2017) (Washington , DC)
Contemporary ballet with live music and intimate, interactive settings.
- The Child & Family Network Centers (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
Free early education and family services for at risk youth.
- Aspire Counseling (2018) (Gaithersburg, MD)
Mental health/wellness for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.
- Children's Science Center (2017) (Fairfax, VA)
Northern Virginia's first non-profit interactive children's science center.
- The Christ Child Society of Washington DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
Fulfills emotional, educational, and material needs of at-risk children and mothers.
- City Blossoms (2017) (Washington, DC)
Fosters healthy communities by developing kid-driven green spaces.
- City Kids Wilderness Project (2018) (Washington, DC)
Academic and life success through empowerment and outdoor adventure.
- Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (2017) (Washington, DC)
Catalyzes affordable housing and economic development in DC.
- CollegeTracks (2018) (Bethesda, MD)
Helping low-income students get to and through postsecondary education.
- Collegiate Directions, Inc (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
Supports low-income, first generation students to and through college.
- Common Good City Farm (2018) (Washington, DC)
Growing food, educating, and serving the community.
- Common Threads (2018) (Largo, MD)
Cooking and nutrition education provider for underserved kids and families.
- Community Advocates for Family & Youth (2018) (Capitol Heights, MD)
Helping to embrace, educate, and empower those affected by crime.
- Community Power Network (2017) (Washington, DC)
Builds a clean, equitable, and local renewable energy system through solar co-ops.
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County (2017) (Riverdale, MD)
Advocates for and protects abused and neglected children in foster care.
- Critical Exposure (2017) (Washington, DC)
Empowers low-income youth of color through photography and advocacy training.
- Crossroads Community Food Network (2018) (Takoma Park, MD)
Building a healthier, more inclusive, local food system.
- DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (2017) (Washington, DC)
Uses advocacy and programming to cut DC's teen pregnancy rate in half.
- DC Diaper Bank (2017) (Washington, DC)
Alleviates financial stress on families by providing diapers to low-income families.
- DC Greens (2018) (Washington, DC)
Advancing food justice in the nation's capital.
- DC Hunger Solutions (2018) (Washington, DC)
Working to improve the nutrition of low-income District residents.
- DC SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment) (2018) (Washington, DC)
Ensuring safety and self-determination for domestic violence survivors in DC.
- DC SCORES (2017) (Washington, DC)
Uses poetry, soccer and service learning to inspire youth in after-school programs.
- Anacostia Playhouse (2018) (Washington, DC)
Theater performances, exhibitions, and instruction in an under-served neighborhood.
- The Delaplaine Arts Center (2017) (Frederick, MD)
Engages 80,000 visitors a year in a full-service, regional visual arts center.
- Do the Write Thing Foundation of DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
After-school and summer arts enrichment in Wards 7 and 8.
- Dream Project (2018) (Arlington, VA)
Mentoring and scholarships to empower undocumented students to attend college.
- Earth Sangha (2017) (Fairfax, VA)
Ecological restoration and maintenance of the most comprehensive native plant nursery in the region.
- The Family Place (2017) (Washington, DC)
Empowers low-income Latino families with educational and support services.
- Family Preservation and Strengthening Services (2017) (Vienna, VA)
Housing and case management for Fairfax working homeless.
- Food for Others (2018) (Fairfax, VA)
Providing free food to neighbors in need in Northern Virginia.
- FRESHFARM (2017) (Washington, DC)
Supports local farmers, food access, education and outreach through 14 area markets.
- Friends of Greenbelt Theatre (2018) (Greenbelt, MD)
Independent movie theater offering diverse programs for all our communities.
- Fund for Investigative Journalism (2018) (Washington, DC)
Supporting independent investigative journalism through grants, fellowships, and mentorships.
- Generation Hope (2018) (Washington , DC)
College completion and pre-k services for teen parents and children.
- Girls Inc of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area (2018) (Washington, DC)
Preparing girls to be healthy, educated, and independent women.
- Global Kids (2017) (Washington, DC)
Global affairs and leadership development program for underserved youth.
- The Grassroot Project (2018) (Washington, DC)
Training athletes to be health educators for teens.
- Great and Small (2017) (Boyds, MD)
Equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.
- Health Volunteers Overseas (2017) (Washington, DC)
Professional training and education for health workers in resource-scarce countries.
- Healthy Babies Project (2018) (Washington, DC)
Health services, core needs for low-income, pregnant DC teens and women.
- Hope Connections for Cancer Support (2018) (Bethesda, MD)
Free cancer programs providing emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.
- Hope for Henry Foundation (2017) (Washington, DC)
Reinventing the way hospitals care for seriously-ill children.
- Hope House DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
Helping children and their incarcerated fathers build stronger bonds.
- Hospice Caring (2017) (Gaithersburg, MD)
Companionship and practical help for end-of-life and support during grieving.
- Housing Initiative Partnership (2017) (Hyattsville, MD)
Housing developer and counseling agency for low-income communities.
- The Human Trafficking Legal Center (2017) (Washington , DC)
Legal counsel and an opportunity to rebuild their lives for trafficking survivors.
- Insight Memory Care Center (2018) (Fairfax, VA)
Alzheimer's and dementia adult day health and education/resource center.
- Marlow Guitar International (2017) (Rockville, MD)
Creating community through concerts, master classes, youth competitions, and outreach.
- Jews United for Justice (2017) (Washington, DC)
Builds support for social, racial, and economic justice and equality in local communities.
- Joe's Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus (2017) (Mount Rainier, MD)
Classes, performances, arts education and work readiness for youth.
- Josh Anderson Foundation (2018) (Vienna, VA)
Suicide prevention resources and support for teens.
- Jubilee JumpStart (2018) (Washington, DC)
Quality, affordable early childhood education in a dual language environment.
- Just Neighbors (2017) (Annandale, VA)
Legal services for low-income immigrants in Northern Virginia.
- Kids R First (2017) (Reston, VA)
Purchases and delivers grade-appropriate school supplies to needy children in Northern Virginia.
- La Cocina VA (2017) (Arlington, VA)
Promotes healthy food and empowers immigrants with culinary jobs and entrepreneurship skills.
- Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services (2017) (Laurel, MD)
Helps people in financial crisis regain stability and achieve self-sufficiency.
- Life Asset (2017) (Washington, DC)
Provides low-income entrepreneurs with business loans and training.
- LIFT-DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
Empowering families to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
- Literacy Council of Montgomery County (2017) (Rockville, MD)
High-quality English language and literacy instruction for adults.
- Little Friends for Peace (2018) (Mt. Rainier, MD)
Responding to personal & systemic violence with tested peace-building skills.
- Live It Learn It (2018) (Washington, DC)
Closing the achievement gap, one field experience at a time.
- Loudoun Hunger Relief (2018) (Leesburg, VA)
Feeding the hungry of Loudoun County, Virginia.
- Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (2018) (Arlington, VA)
Using a customized adoption process to find loving homes for dogs and cats.
- Mamatoto Village (2018) (Washington, DC)
Holistic maternal health and wellness programs for expectant mothers.
- Manna Food Center (2018) (Gaithersburg, MD)
The main Food Bank serving Montgomery County.
- Mary House (2017) (Washington, DC)
Helps low-income and refugee families rebuild their lives.
- MentorPrize (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
Recruits and matches mentors with mentoring programs in the DC area.
- Mercy Health Clinic (2018) (Gaithersburg, MD)
Primary and specialty outpatient healthcare for the medically underserved.
- Metropolitan Washington Ear (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
Operates free news services for the blind, visually impaired and disabled.
- Mi Casa (2018) (Washington, DC)
Preserves affordable housing to support and strengthen healthy, diverse neighborhoods.
- Mikva Challenge DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
Develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens.
- Mobile Hope (2018) (Leesburg, VA)
Improving the lives of precariously housed and homeless youth.
- Mosaic Theater Company of DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
Theater company with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and community engagement.
- Multicultural Community Service (2018) (Washington, DC)
Encouraging, promoting, and facilitating broad and inclusive civic engagement.
- My Sister's Place (2018) (Washington, DC)
Provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence.
- Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia (2018) (Washington, DC)
Providing legal services to low-income DC residents.
- Network for Victim Recovery of DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
Empowers crime victims through case management and legal services.
- New Endeavors by Women (2017) (Washington, DC)
Heals lives of homeless women and children by creating new futures.
- NOVA ScriptsCentral (2018) (Burke, VA)
Nonprofit pharmacy providing life-saving medications for uninsured patients in Virginia.
- One Common Unity (2018) (Washington, DC)
Empowering youth through the transformative power of the arts.
- One World Education (2017) (Washington, DC)
Gives students and teachers the tools they need to improve student literacy rates.
- Only Make Believe (2017) (Washington, DC)
Interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities.
- Open City Advocates (2017) (Washington, DC)
Supports youth in DC's juvenile system with legal advocacy and mentoring programs.
- PEN/Faulkner Foundation (2017) (Washington, DC)
Fosters a love of reading and a connection to writing through public readings and educational programs.
- A Place To Be (2018) (Middleburg, VA)
Music therapy for people with disability, medical, or life challenges.
- Pointless Theatre Company (2018) (Washington, DC)
Multi-disciplinary, puppet-based theatre company exciting a passion for adventurous art.
- The Posse Foundation (2018) (Washington, DC)
College access and leadership program for high school students.
- Potomac Community Resources (2017) (Potomac, MD)
Provides therapeutic, recreational, social and educational programs for teens and adults with developmental differences.
- Potomac Conservancy (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
Protects the Potomac River through local advocacy and conservation solutions.
- Potomac Riverkeeper Network (2018) (Washington, DC)
Protecting and defending the Potomac River.
- Prince George's Child Resource Center (2018) (Largo, MD)
Supports parents and child care providers so children can thrive.
- Prince William Area Free Clinic (2018) (Woodbridge, VA)
Free medical clinic serving low-income, uninsured patients.
- Prince William Conservation Alliance (2018) (Woodbridge, VA)
Inspiring action and working together to create sustainable communities for all.
- Project Change (2018) (Olney, MD)
Students achieving positive change in themselves and their community.
- Protect Our Defenders (2018) (McLean, VA)
Assistance and advocacy for victims of military sexual trauma.
- Reach Incorporated (2017) (Washington, DC)
Develops literacy leaders by training teens to be tutors.
- Real Food for Kids (2018) (Great Falls, VA)
Advocates for improving school food/educating students on healthy choices.
- REAL School Gardens (2017) (Washington, DC)
School gardens and comprehensive teacher training for Title 1 schools.
- Rock Recovery (2018) (Washington, DC)
Unique and holistic eating disorder recovery services and community education.
- Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (2018) (Washington, DC)
Supporting, coaching, training our unhoused/unemployed neighbors to reach their goals.
- SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
Child abuse prevention through public/parent education and child advocacy.
- Senior Services of Alexandria (2017) (Alexandria, VA)
Fosters independence to enable Alexandria seniors to age in place.
- Shout Mouse Press (2018) (Washington, DC)
Writing program and publishing house for unheard voices.
- Split This Rock (2017) (Washington, DC)
Presenting, teaching, and cultivating the next generation of socially engaged poets.
- Stepping Stones Shelter (2018) (Rockville, MD)
Emergency shelter for homeless families with children in Montgomery County.
- Stone Soup Films (2017) (Washington, DC)
Amplifies nonprofit impact through storytelling and video.
- Story Tapestries (2018) (Germantown, MD)
Using the arts to power literacy, create understanding, and building community.
- Suited for Change (2018) (Washington, DC)
Providing professional attire and job-readiness support.
- Sunflower Bakery (2018) (Gaithersburg, MD)
Skilled job training and employment for individuals with learning differences.
- The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts (2018) (Washington, DC)
Award-winning provider of theatre education for children, teens, and adults.
- Together We Bake (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
Job training and personal development program for women in need.
- Touching Heart (2017) (Herndon, VA)
Provides children with tools to become the compassionate leaders of tomorrow.
- Tzedek DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
Safeguarding the rights of low-income DC families facing debt-related crises.
- Urban Ed (2017) (Washington, DC)
Transforms lives by creating hope and opportunity through information technology and skill development.
- The Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade (2017) (Falls Church, VA)
Improves community health in the Comayagua region of Honduras.
- Washington Area Bicyclist Association (2018) (Washington, DC)
Advocacy, outreach, and education for better bicycling for everyone.
- Washington Bach Consort (2018) (Washington, DC)
Professional baroque ensemble serving residents of all ages in DC.
- Washington English Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
English classes and workforce development programs for adult immigrants.
- Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (2017) (Washington, DC)
Legal services, advocacy, outreach, and education to address homelessness and affordable housing.
- Washington Urban Debate League (2018) (Washington , DC)
Providing after school debate in under-served communities.
- We Are Family Senior Outreach Network (2017) (Washington, DC)
Services for low-income seniors to help them age in place.
- Wilderness Leadership & Learning (2017) (Washington, DC)
Develops life skills for youth with experiential learning, leadership training, and service.
- 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.
- Woodley House (2017) (Washington, DC)
Provides mental health housing and support services to adults with chronic and persistent mental illness.
- Yellow Ribbon Fund (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
Provides programs to make daily life more manageable for wounded service members and their family caregivers.
- Young Artists of America (2017) (Rockville, MD)
Excellence in vocal and instrumental training for youth.
- Young Playwrights' Theater (2017) (Washington, DC)
Uses the art of playwriting to enhance student literacy, creative expression, and communication.
- Youth Leadership Foundation (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
Enriching underserved youth and families in the DC area with mentorship and character education.