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. 1st Stage (2020) (Tysons, VA)

  2. 826DC (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  5. Adoptions Together (2020) (Calverton, MD)

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

  7. Amara Legal Center (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  9. The Andrew Keegan Theatre (2020) (Washington, DC)

  10. Animal Welfare League of Arlington (2020) (Arlington, VA)

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

  12. Arlington Free Clinic (2020) (Arlington, VA)

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

  14. Armed Services Arts Partnership (2020) (Alexandria, VA)

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

  16. Arts on the Block (2020) (Silver Spring, MD)

  17. Arts for the Aging (2020) (Rockville, MD)

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

  19. Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (2020) (Washington, DC)

  20. Asylum Works (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  22. Bailey's Crossroads Healthcare Access DBA Culmore Clinic (2020) (Falls Church, VA)

  23. BEACON for Adult Literacy (2020) (Bristow, VA)

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

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

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

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

  28. Black Swan Academy (2020) (Washington, DC)

  29. Brain Injury Services (2020) (Springfield, VA)

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

  31. Britepaths (2020) (Fairfax, VA)

  32. BroadFutures (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  35. Calvary Women's Services (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  38. CapitalBop (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  41. CASA for Children of DC (2020) (Washington, DC)

  42. Casa Ruby (2020) (Washington, DC)

  43. Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) (2020) (Washington, DC)

  44. Charlie's Place at St. Margaret's (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  47. Christ House (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  56. Communities In Schools of the Nation's Capital (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  59. Community Forklift (2020) (Edmonston, MD)

  60. Computer CORE (2020) (Falls Church , VA)

  61. Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (2020) (Bethesda, MD)

  62. Court Watch Montgomery (2019) (Silver Spring, MD)

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

  64. CREATE Arts Center (2020) (Silver Spring, MD)

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

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

  67. The DC Policy Center (2019) (Washington, DC)

  68. Dance Place (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  70. DC Affordable Law Firm (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

  75. DC Rape Crisis Center (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  78. DC Youth Orchestra Program (2020) (Washington, DC)

  79. DCist (2019) (Washington , DC)

  80. DAWN (2019) (Washington, DC)

  81. Destiny, Power & Purpose (2020) (Temple Hills, MD)

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

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

  84. Dog Tag Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  86. Dreaming Out Loud (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  89. Edu-Futuro (2019) (Arlington, VA)

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

  91. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  93. FAME - Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. (2020) (Bowie, MD)

  94. The Father McKenna Center (2020) (Washington, DC)

  95. Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC (2020) (Washington, DC)

  96. The Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick (2020) (Frederick, MD)

  97. Fellowship Square (2019) (Reston, VA)

  98. First Tee of Greater Washington, DC (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  100. Food Recovery Network (2020) (College Park, MD)

  101. For Love of Children (FLOC) (2020) (Washington , DC)

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

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

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

  105. Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (2020) (Washington, DC)

  106. Friends of the National Arboretum - Washington Youth Garden (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  108. Future Link (2019) (Rockville, MD)

  109. GALA Hispanic Theatre (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  111. Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Inc. (dba. BlackRock Center for the Arts) (2020) (Germantown, MD)

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

  113. Girls on the Run - DC (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

  117. Heartly House (2019) (Frederick, MD)

  118. HER Resiliency Center (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

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

  124. Horton's Kids (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  126. Inner City-Inner Child (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

  129. interPLAY Orchestra (2020) (Bethesda, MD)

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

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

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

  133. KID Museum (2020) (Bethesda, MD)

  134. Kid Power (2019) (Washington, DC)

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

  136. L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C. (2020) (Washington, DC)

  137. LAYC Career Academy Public Charter School (2020) (Washington , DC)

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

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

  140. Literacy Council of Frederick County (2019) (Frederick, MD)

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

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

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

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

  145. LAWS (Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter) (2019) (Leesburg, VA)

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

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

  148. Main Street Connect, Inc. (2020) (Rockville, MD)

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

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

  151. Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  159. Montgomery County Coalition for Adult English Literacy (2020) (Rockville, MD)

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

  161. Dance Loft on 14/MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

  166. NAMI Prince George's County, MD (2020) (New Carrollton, MD)

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

  168. New Futures (2020) (Washington, DC)

  169. New Partners Community Solar (2020) (Washington , DC)

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

  171. The Nonprofit Village Center, Inc (2020) (Rockville, MD)

  172. Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (2020) (Clifton, VA)

  173. The Northwest Center (2020) (Washington, DC)

  174. Northwest Neighbors Village (2020) (Washington , DC)

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

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

  177. OAR of Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church (2020) (Arlington, VA)

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

  179. An Open Book Foundation (2020) (Washington, DC)

  180. Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (2020) (Alexandria, VA)

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

  182. Passion for Learning (2020) (Silver Spring, MD)

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

  184. Peace of Mind (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  201. Rebuilding Together DC Alexandria (2020) (Alexandria, VA)

  202. Red Wiggler Community Farm (2020) (Germantown, MD)

  203. Rising for Justice (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

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

  209. School Justice Project (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  211. SEED SPOT (2020) (Washington, DC)

  212. Shepherd's Table (2020) (Silver Spring, MD)

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

  214. Silver Spring Village (2019) (Silver Spring, MD)

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

  216. SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) (2020) (Washington, DC)

  217. Solutions in Hometown Connections (2020) (College Park, MD)

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

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

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

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

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

  223. Teaching for Change (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  225. Thrive DC (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

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

  230. The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

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

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

  234. Washington Area Community Investment Fund (2020) (Washington, DC)

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

  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. Yachad (2020) (Silver Spring, MD)

Total: 238