Catalogue Class of 2018-19

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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. The Abramson Scholarship Foundation (2019) (Washington, DC)

  2. Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  4. Alice Ferguson Foundation (2018) (Accokeek, MD)
    Connecting people to nature through education, stewardship, and advocacy.

  5. ALIVE! (2019) (Alexandria, VA)

  6. American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (2019) (Annandale, VA)

  7. Anacostia Watershed Society (2019) (Bladensburg, MD)

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

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

  10. Arlington Pediatric Center (2019) (Arlington, VA)

  11. Arlington Thrive (2019) (Arlington, VA)

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

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

  14. Art Works Studio School (2019) (Hyattsville, MD)

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

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

  17. Atlas Performing Arts Center (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

  21. BEST Kids, Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

  22. Bethesda Cares (2019) (Bethesda, MD)

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

  24. Bowen McCauley Dance Company (2019) (Arlington, VA)

  25. Brainy Camps Association (2019) (Washington, DC)

  26. Break the Cycle (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  28. BroadFutures (2019) (Washington, DC)

  29. Building Bridges Across the River (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  31. Capital Area Asset Building Corporation (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  34. CapitalBop (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  36. Capitol Hill Village (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

  40. Children's Chorus of Washington (2019) (Washington, DC)

  41. City Dogs Rescue (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  43. City Wildlife, Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

  44. CityDance (2019) (Washington, DC)

  45. Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) (2019) (Washington, DC)

  46. College Bound (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  48. College Tribe (2019) (Washington , DC)

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

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

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

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

  53. Community Bridges (2019) (Silver Spring, MD)

  54. Community Legal Services of Prince George's County (2019) (Greenbelt, MD)

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

  56. Court Watch Montgomery, Inc. (2019) (Silver Spring, MD)

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

  58. CREATE Arts Center (2019) (Silver Spring, MD)

  59. Creative Cauldron (2019) (Falls Church, VA)

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

  61. The D.C. Policy Center (2019) (Washington, DC)

  62. The Dance Institute of Washington, Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

  63. DC - MD Justice For Our Neighbors, Inc. (2019) (Rockville, MD)

  64. DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (2019) (Washington, DC)

  65. DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  72. DCist (2019) (Washington , DC)

  73. Deaf Abused Women's Network (2019) (Washington, DC)

  74. District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) (2019) (Washington, DC)

  75. District of Columbia Students Construction Trades Foundation (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  78. Dog Tag Bakery Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  80. Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

  81. Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  83. ECO City Farms (2019) (Riverdale, MD)

  84. Educacion Para Nuestro Futuro (2019) (Arlington, VA)

  85. The Ellington Fund (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  87. Encore Stage & Studio (2019) (Arlington, VA)

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

  89. Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) (2019) (Fairfax, VA)

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

  91. Family & Youth Initiative (2019) (Washington, DC)

  92. Fellowship Square Foundation (2019) (Reston, VA)

  93. Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  95. First Generation College Bound (2019) (Laurel, MD)

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

  97. Frederick Children's Chorus (2019) (Woodsboro, MD)

  98. Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  101. Friends of Guest House (2019) (Alexandria, VA)

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

  103. Future Link, Inc. (2019) (Rockville, MD)

  104. Gandhi Brigade Youth Media (2019) (Silver Spring, MD)

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

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

  107. Girls on the Run NOVA (2019) (Fairfax, VA)

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

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

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

  111. Heartly House, Inc. (2019) (Frederick, MD)

  112. Hero Dogs, Inc. (2019) (Brookeville, MD)

  113. Higher Achievement (2019) (Washington, DC)

  114. Homeless Children's Playtime Project (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  116. Hope and a Home (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

  120. Housing Unlimited (2019) (Silver Spring, MD)

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

  122. InterAct Story Theatre Education Association Inc. (2019) (Wheaton , MD)

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

  124. Joseph's House (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

  129. Kid Power, Inc (2019) (Washington, DC)

  130. Kids In Need Distributors, Inc. (2019) (Bethesda, MD)

  131. The Latino Student Fund (2019) (Washington, DC)

  132. LearnServe International (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  135. Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. (2019) (Frederick, MD)

  136. Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (2019) (Falls Church, VA)

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

  138. Little Lights Urban Ministries (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  140. Lorton Community Action Center (2019) (Lorton, VA)

  141. Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, Inc. (2019) (Leesburg, VA)

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

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

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

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

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

  147. McLean Project for the Arts (2019) (McLean, VA)

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

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

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

  151. Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

  155. Mobile Medical Care, Inc. (2019) (Bethesda, MD)

  156. Montgomery Countryside Alliance (2019) (Poolesville, MD)

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

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

  159. The MusicianShip (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  161. NAMI Montgomery County (2019) (Rockville, MD)

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

  163. The News Literacy Project (2019) (Washington, DC)

  164. NextStop Theatre Company (2019) (Herndon, VA)

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

  166. Nourish Now (2019) (Rockville, MD)

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

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

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

  170. Operation Second Chance (2019) (Germantown, MD)

  171. Our Military Kids (2019) (McLean, VA)

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

  173. PAVE Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

  178. President Lincoln's Cottage (2019) (Washington, DC)

  179. Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

  183. Progressive Maryland (2019) (Largo, MD)

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

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

  186. Public Allies Washington, DC (2019) (Washington, DC)

  187. Rainbow Families (2019) (Washington, DC)

  188. Reading Partners (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  191. Rock Creek Conservancy (2019) (Bethesda, MD)

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

  193. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

  198. ScholarCHIPS, Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  200. Second Story (2019) (Vienna, VA)

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

  202. Silver Spring Village, Inc. (2019) (Silver Spring, MD)

  203. Sitar Arts Center (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  205. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (2019) (Washington, DC)

  206. Southeast Ministry (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  208. Spend Yourself Food Pantry, Columbia Baptist Church (2019) (Falls Church, VA)

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

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

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

  212. Stroke Comeback Center (2019) (Vienna, VA)

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

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

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

  216. Synetic Theater (2019) (Arlington, VA)

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

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

  219. Teens Run DC (2019) (Washington, DC)

  220. ThanksUSA (2019) (McLean, VA)

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

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

  223. Tracy's Kids (2019) (Bethesda, MD)

  224. Traveling Players Ensemble (2019) (Great Falls, VA)

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

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

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

  228. Volunteer Fairfax (2019) (Fairfax, VA)

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

  230. Wanda Alston Foundation (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

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

  236. Washington School for Girls (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  238. The Women's Center (2019) (Vienna, VA)

  239. The Writer's Center (2019) (Bethesda, MD)

  240. Young Ladies of Tomorrow (2019) (Washington, DC)

Total: 240