Catalogue Class of 2017-18


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.

The charities listed below have successfully passed a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field. Let them know that you are proud of their achievements: congratulate them with a “shout out” on social media or send them an email.

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Note: An asterisk (*) indicates a "growth" organization -- a previously featured nonprofit whose budget now exceeds our $3 million limit.
  1. Alice Ferguson Foundation (2018) (Accokeek, MD)
    Connecting people to nature through education, stewardship, and advocacy.

  2. * Annandale Christian Community for Action (2017) (Annandale, VA)
    Child care and emergency assistance to our vulnerable neighbors.

  3. * Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (2018) (Arlington, VA)
    Providing housing and supporting resident services to lower-income neighbors.

  4. * Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    Aims to end homelessness through supportive services and housing.

  5. * The Art League (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
    Semi-professional, regional visual arts education for youth, adults, and the community.

  6. Artivate (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Arts education outreach bringing artists to people where they are.

  7. ASHA for Women (2017) (Rockville, MD)
    Empowering South Asian women to lead abuse-free lives.

  8. Asian American LEAD (2017) (Washington, DC)
    After-school & summer mentoring programs targeting low-income Asian American youth.

  9. Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Serves Asian/Pacific Islander survivors of gender-based violence.

  10. * Ayuda (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Legal, social, and interpretation services for low-income immigrants.

  11. Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
    Provides, at no cost, life-saving technology to communities served.

  12. Capital Area Asset Builders (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Helps low- and moderate-income individuals and families to build wealth.

  13. * Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Defending immigrants' rights through legal services, education and advocacy.

  14. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Building community through the arts.

  15. The Choral Arts Society of Washington (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Professional-caliber volunteer chorus performing masterpieces and new works.

  16. City Kids Wilderness Project (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Academic and life success through empowerment and outdoor adventure.

  17. College Bound (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Mentorship and college access program for Washington-area students.

  18. Community Family Life Services (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Support services for homeless and low income families and individuals.

  19. Community Ministries of Rockville (2018) (Rockville, MD)
    Providing health and human services for Montgomery County's most vulnerable residents.

  20. CREATE Arts Center (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Inspiring creativity to advance personal development and well-being.

  21. CREATE Arts Center (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Inspires creativity to advance personal development and well-being.

  22. * DC Bilingual Public Charter School (2018) (WASHINGTON, DC)
    Charter school ensuring high academic achievement in dual-language setting.

  23. DC Creative Writing Workshop (2017) (Washington, DC)
    In-class and after-school creative writing program for at-risk schoolchildren.

  24. DC Special Education Cooperative (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Preparing students with disabilities for post-secondary success.

  25. Docs In Progress (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Changing lives through documentary film.

  26. * Doorways for Women and Families (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    Creating pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault.

  27. The Downtown Cluster's Geriatric Day Care Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Day center offering frail, at-risk seniors therapeutic and supportive services.

  28. The Dwelling Place (2018) (Germantown, MD)
    Housing services for formerly homeless families.

  29. The Dwelling Place (2017) (Gaithersburg, MD)
    Housing and support services for homeless families with children.

  30. Educational Theatre Company (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    Student-created and process-driven theatre education for ages 3-103.

  31. Emerging Scholars (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    14-month academic/leadership enrichment for underrepresented students.

  32. Encore Stage & Studio (2018) (Arlington, VA)
    Theatre by kids, for kids.

  33. Everybody Wins! DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Promoting children's literacy through shared reading experiences with a mentor.

  34. Falls Church-McLean Children's Center (2018) (Falls Church, VA)
    Early childhood education program serving low-income, working families.

  35. Falls Church-McLean Children's Center (2017) (Falls Church, VA)
    Building essential skills to help young children become kindergarten-ready.

  36. First Generation College Bound (2018) (Laurel, MD)
    College access services to low income underrepresented youth.

  37. First Generation College Bound (2017) (Laurel, MD)
    Increases college matriculation rates for least advantaged youth.

  38. Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Athletic and educational programming for young people in DC.

  39. * Friendship Place (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Empowers people to leave homelessness and rebuild their lives.

  40. Georgetown Ministry Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    A service-rich day center for chronically homeless individuals.

  41. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
    Affordable housing provider for low-income working families

  42. * Hillside Work - Scholarship Connection (2017) (Greenbelt, MD)
    Increases high school graduation rates and teaches skills for employment.

  43. Hope and a Home (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Empowering homeless/low-income families to create stable homes.

  44. The House Student Leadership Center (2018) (Woodbridge, VA)
    Out-of-school time initiatives for pre-teens and teens.

  45. The House, Student Leadership Center (2017) (Woodbridge, VA)
    Out-of-school time youth development and mentoring initiatives.

  46. The In Series (2017) (Washington, DC)
    DC's home for innovative opera, intimate cabaret, and Latino programming.

  47. Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (2018) (Rockville, MD)
    Providing support, education, and prevention to end domestic/dating abuse.

  48. * Joy of Motion Dance Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Dance education, performance, and engagement opportunities for a diverse community.

  49. * Jubilee Housing (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Providing affordable housing and programming to residents of Ward 1.

  50. Jubilee Jobs (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Free job placement for individuals seeking marketplace jobs.

  51. KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) (2018) (Bethesda, MD)
    Free, one-to-one exercise programs for young people with disabilities.

  52. * Latino Economic Development Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Drives economic advancement of low- to moderate income underserved communities.

  53. * Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (2018) (Washington, DC)
    General civil legal services for DC residents living in poverty.

  54. * The Literacy Lab (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Literacy interventions to close the achievement gap.

  55. Lydia's House in Southeast (2017) (Washington, DC)
    HUD-approved housing counseling agency and youth mentoring programs.

  56. McLean Project for the Arts (2018) (McLean, VA)
    Exhibiting, educating and inspiring residents through contemporary art.

  57. Mentors, Inc (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Youth mentoring for career/STEM exploration leading to 21st century employment opportunities.

  58. Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (2017) (Rockville, MD)
    Transforms individuals and communities through the visual arts.

  59. * Mobile Medical Care (2018) (Bethesda, MD)
    Primary healthcare for over 4,000 low-income individuals annually.

  60. National Philharmonic (2017) (North Bethesda, MD)
    Resident professional orchestra, chorale and music education institute at Strathmore.

  61. Nick's Place (2018) (Millsboro, DE)
    Recovery home and life management programs for young men.

  62. Nueva Vida (2017) (Alexandria, VA)
    Services throughout the cancer continuum for underserved Latinas.

  63. OAR of Fairfax County (2017) (Fairfax, VA)
    Assists those involved with the criminal justice system.

  64. Open Arms Housing (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Helping formerly homeless women obtain and maintain permanent housing.

  65. Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Programs and services for people facing Parkinson's.

  66. Perry School Community Services Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Remedying conditions of chronic poverty through education and employment.

  67. Phoenix Bikes (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    Teaches underserved teens bicycle repair through a community bike shop.

  68. Project Create (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Creative youth development for children experiencing homelessness and poverty.

  69. Public Allies Washington, DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Leadership and professional development that connects young adults to careers.

  70. Reading Partners (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Tutoring program for low-income elementary students.

  71. Resources to Inspire Students and Educators (RISE) (2018) (WASHINGTON, DC)
    Helps underserved, low-income DC youth achieve academic and career success

  72. * Safe Shores - The DC Children's Advocacy Center (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Provides services to child victims of abuse in Washington, DC.

  73. * Samaritan Inns (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Provides housing, treatment, and recovery services to homeless/at-risk individuals.

  74. * Seabury Resources for Aging (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Providing services and housing options for vulnerable older adults.

  75. * Seabury Resources for Aging (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Social and housing supports to low-income elderly.

  76. * Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Meaningful cultural programs in an inspired community setting.

  77. Special Olympics District of Columbia (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Sports programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

  78. Stroke Comeback Center (2018) (Vienna, VA)
    Support programs for stroke and brain-trauma survivors.

  79. Synetic Theater (2018) (Arlington, VA)
    Movement-focused theater offering performances, education, and free community programs.

  80. * Tahirih Justice Center (2018) (Falls Church, VA)
    Protecting immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.

  81. Teens Run DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Youth mentoring and distance running program for underserved DC youth.

  82. * United States Capitol Historical Society (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Enhancing and perpetuating the history and heritage of the US Capitol.

  83. Voices for a Second Chance (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Serving justice-involved citizens pre- and post-release.

  84. * The Heart of America Foundation (2018) (Landover, MD)
    Transforming spaces into modern learning environments.

  85. Washington Improv Theater (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Longform improvisational theater company offering classes and performances.

  86. The Washington Literacy Center (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Literacy and workforce training for adults.

  87. Washington Revels (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Creating community and celebrating cultural traditions through music, dance and drama.

  88. * Wendt Center for Loss and Healing (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Mental health services for victims of trauma, grief and loss.

  89. Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (2017) (Chantilly, VA)
    Western Fairfax's go-to referral for emergency needs assistance.

  90. Young Women's Project (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Builds the leadership and power of DC young people.

Total: 90