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Give Like a Local on #GivingTuesday

When people look for advice on a restaurant or want to know what a neighborhood is like, a trusted friend or local resource is usually the first place to turn. This year, the Catalogue is applying this thinking to the nonprofit sector, and on #GivingTuesday (Tuesday, December 2nd), we aim to be the go-to local resource for community-minded donors, with dozens of our local charities promoting #GivingTuesday campaigns on the Catalogue website.

In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the giving community comes together for #GivingTuesday, a 24-hour global day of giving to kick off the giving season.

Some of the region’s best small charities will be promoting their #GivingTuesday fundraising campaigns on the Catalogue website. Charities will be competing for $10,000 in prizes — sponsored by the Lainoff Family Foundation — across a number of categories. Donors can easily search for their favorite charities by name, or area of interest, such as nature, arts, education, or human services.

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#WhatsUpWednesday 11.19.14

We love hearing from our network of nonprofits each week to learn about all of the great things they’re doing in the community. During this week’s #whatsupwednesday, we get to take a look at the work of Everybody Wins! DC, DC SCORES, Senior Services of Alexandria, and even some of the exciting things happening at the Catalogue for Philanthropy. See a sneak peek in the video below!

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What’s Up Wednesday: 11/12/14

As organizations across the DC Metro region prepare for the harsh winter season, our charities are getting ahead of the game with successful hunger-awareness campaigns, winter coat drives, and MORE (details after the video)!

“What’s Up” this week?

  • Girls on the Run DC learned that “It Takes Courage” – The girls learned the importance of standing up for themselves and using appropriate assertive behavior as well as practice these skills. They were also understanding the importance of using one’s own voice and constructively expressing their feelings, wants, and needs.
  • Our Daily Bread and Food for Others celebrated food, art and fun! Both organizations gathered more than 1,000 community members in Fairfax City on Sunday at Complete the Circle FoodRaiser 2014. They created a cool Art For The Sky photo, enjoyed live music, food and kids’ activities and raised $15,300 worth of food, grocery gift cards and cash donations to help neighbors in need throughout the Fairfax County area.

Around Town 11/7-11/13

Don’t stay in the house this weekend; instead, get out there for some exciting events brought to you by Catalogue nonprofits. Amazing speakers, theater productions, fall fundraisers, and other great happenings: what a PACKED weekend!

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Encore Stage & Studio Encore Stage & Studio proudly presents “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Vera Morris. Sleepy Hollow is a little town with more than its fair share of spooky ghost stories. The citizens of Sleepy Hollow know the legend of the Headless Horseman is just make-believe until the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, arrives. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen and he comes face to face with the famous ghost. Will Ichabod triumph over the mysterious Horseman Join us as the legend unfolds, and see for yourself. Some sequences may be frightening for young children. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Production runs November 7 through 16.

When: Fri Nov 7 2014 (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM) Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22204 Fee? yes $12 adults; $10 for children, students, military and seniors Contact: visit, (703) 548-1154

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Stepping Stones Harvest Hoedown

Stepping Stones Shelter Yee-Haw! Put on your boots and round up your posse for our Harvest Hoedown. Get ready for a stomping good time!!! We will have Live Music, Dancing, BBQ & Drinks, Featuring Rocklands Wine!!! Join us for our fall fundraiser to benefit Stepping Stones Shelter.

When: Sat Nov 8 2014 (6:00 PM – 10:00 PM) Where: Rockland’s Farm and Winery, 14525 Montevideo Rd Poolesville, MD 20837 Fee? yes Early Bird Tickets $30; After October 15th Tickets are $40 Volunteer Info: Set-up, Breakdown, misc. Volunteers must be 21+ Contact: Evelyn Lopez, (301) 251-0567 For more information: click here

Monte Carlo Night

Community Ministries of Rockville An evening of “Wining and Dining” to benefit the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic. This event will mark the 5th Anniversary of the Clinic and will feature casino style games, a live auction with guest auctioneer Scott “The Vine Guy” Greenberg from WTOP, and a silent auction filled with all things “Wining and Dining”

When: Sat Nov 8 2014 (7:00 PM – 11:00 AM) Where: Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd, Rockville, MD 20850 Fee? yes $75 Contact: Lynn Arndt, (301) 637-0705 For more information: click here

Maya Beiser

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue The Israeli-American cellist contrasts a carefully curated set of uncovers of modern rock songs with a set of spiritual works.

When: Sat Nov 8 2014 (8:00 PM) Where: Sixth & I 600 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 Fee? yes $30 Contact: Hannah Orenstein, (202) 408-3100 For more information: click here

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Veteran’s Day 10K & Tidal Basin Walk

Teens Run DC Teens Run DC will be participating in the Veteran’s Day 10K & Tidal Basin in Downtown, Washington DC. Friends, Mentors, Youth, and Staff will either be running or walking in the race.

When: Sun Nov 9 2014 (08:00 AM) Where: West Potomac Park, Washington, DC 20024 Fee? yes Friends of Teens Run DC are responsible for the cost of their bib ($20-35). Contact: Jacinta Smith, (404) 936-1470 For more information: click here

Complete the Circle FoodRaiser

Our Daily Bread Did you know that 73,000 people who live in the Fairfax County area don’t know on any given day if they will have anything to eat; half of them are children. Fairfax County non-profits Our Daily Bread and Food for Others are joining together once again to host the fun and inspirational Complete the Circle FoodRaiser to help feed the hungry and raise awareness about hunger and need in Fairfax County. Participants create a fun Art for the Sky picture that is photographed from high above by artist Daniel Dancer. The perimeter of the circle is formed by food donations that are brought by participants that day. There will also be live music, food and children’s entertainment.

When: Sun Nov 9 2014 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM) Where: Fairfax High School, Practice Field, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030 Fee? yes $5-10 for event T-shirt Volunteer Info: Volunteers are encouraged to register as groups to participate in the event. We are also recruiting volunteers to help set up the event that morning, and clean up after the event. Contact: Jennifer Rose, (703) 273-8829 For more information: click here

Joshua Safran at the JCCGW Book Festival

Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse Joshua Safran will discuss his new memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid. Safran was born to a coven of lesbian witches in a Haight-Ashbury commune, spent his childhood hitchhiking and surviving the elements and a violent alcoholic stepfather from El Salvador, and, against all odds, found his way to Orthodox Judaism and law school. An author, attorney, occasional rabbi, and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic violence and the wrongfully imprisoned, Safran’s compelling and inspirational story has been heard around the world on the BBC, NPR, PBS, CBS, and FOX News. Light hors d’oevres will be served.

When: Sun Nov 9 2014 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM) Where: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852 Fee? yes $20 Contact: Kira, (301) 315-8040 ext 4 For more information: click here

Suzanne Vega

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Vega performs hits from throughout her illustrious career.

When: Sun Nov 9 2014 (8:00 PM) Where: Sixth & I 600 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 Fee? yes $35 Contact: Hannah Orenstein, (202) 408-3100 For more information: click here

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Caregiver’s Conference

Insight Memory Care Center Join other family caregivers for a daylong conference! Have a chance to talk with other caregivers, learn practical tips, visit exhibitors who offer supportive services and even earn CEUs! This year’s keynote speaker will be Doctor Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, a board-certified clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology. He is the Founder and President of Brain Health Center, Inc. that integrates mind-body-spiritual wellness with clinical approaches for a holistic program to overall balance and brain health.

When: Tue Nov 11 2014 (08:00 AM – 3:30 PM) Where: First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 Fee? yes $30 for attendees Contact: Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium, (703) 204-4664 For more information: click here

Cause 9th Annual Veterans Day Benefit Gala

Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (CAUSE) There is no better way to celebrate Veteran’s Day than by honoring, thanking, and showing your support for our nation’s heroes at the annual Cause Veteran’s Day Benefit Gala. Featuring a silent auction, wounded warrior guest speakers, and live music. Gala Honorary Chair: Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney Gala Emcee: Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin Gala Guest Speaker: SSgt Jeremiah Workman, USMC (Ret.) Wounded Warrior Entertainment will be provided by country music artist Jennifer Nickerson and singer-songwriter Peyton Tochterman from Charlottesville, VA.

When: Tue Nov 11 2014 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM) Where: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 Fee? yes Individual: $300 / Under-30: $175 / Active-Duty Military or Cause Volunteer: $150 / Table of 10: $3,000 Volunteer Info: Registration, silent auction assistance, coat check Contact: Teresa Rudacille, (703) 591-4965 For more information: click here

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

An Evening with Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking Book Tour with special guest Thomas Dolby

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue In The Art of Asking, the rock star and crowdfunder inspires readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.

When: Wed Nov 12 2014 (8:00 PM) Where: Sixth & I 600 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 Fee? yes $15 in advance; $18 day of show Contact: Hannah Orenstein, (202) 408-3100 For more information: click here

Thursday, November 13, 2014

On Tap’s Cider Press 2014

SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia Join On Tap for Second Annual Cider Press sampling event to benefit SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern VA. You’ll enjoy unlimited samples of hard ciders, complimentary appetizers from our hosts Virtue Feed & Grain as well as enjoy live music and the chance to win to cool prizes. Ciders: More than 20 different ciders TBA Attire: Business casual, dressy casual Where: Virtue Feed & Grain, 106 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314, You must be 21+ to attend this event, and tickets will be a guest list at the door, no hard tickets are mailed out.

When: Thu Nov 13 2014 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM) Where: Virtue Feed & Grain, 106 S Union St, Alexandria, VA` 22314 Fee? yes $25 tickets in advance, $35 at door Contact: Tracy Leonard, (703) 820-9001 For more information: click here

Marcus Samuelsson

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue The five-time James Beard Award recipient shares 150 multicultural dishes in Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home.

When: Thu Nov 13 2014 (7:00 PM) Where: Sixth & I, 600 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 Fee? yes 1 ticket + 1 book: $35; 2 tickets + 1 book: $45 Contact: Hannah Orenstein, (202) 408-3100 For more information:click here

Take a Tour Inside the 2014-2015 Catalogue

Still waiting for the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy to arrive in your mailbox? If you haven’t already previewed our digital edition, we’ve put together a small sneak peek for you here.

So, what’s new in this year’s Catalogue for Philanthropy (aside from 78 hardworking, inspiring charities)? A few things!

  • More details about our vetting and selecting process: This year, we’re giving readers a closer look at the vetting and selecting process that takes places each year, from January (when charities are invited to apply) to May (when we announce our final selections). You can also learn more on our website, here.
  • Easier access our charities: Find a charity that interests you? No need to search for it online — simply use the web address at the end of their Catalogue write-up (ex: to go to that charity’s Catalogue page to donate, find volunteer opportunities, or connect via social media.
  • The ability to take the Catalogue “on the go” with you: The Catalogue for Philanthropy is now fully mobile! In addition to our mobile/tablet-friendly website, you can also access a digital edition of the Catalogue that looks just like the copy you received in the mail. Simply send a text message to 51555 with Cataloguerequest in the body of the message. From there, you’ll receive a link to the Catalogue!

We hope you’ll become inspired not only by the organizations you find in this year’s Catalogue, but also the 331 on our website. The Catalogue is the only guide to giving that uses local experts to evaluate and identify the best small charities across our region, so you can feel confident that your support will always make a real impact — here, where you live.

And we promise — We’ll be back to our regularly-scheduled “Whats Up Wednesday” programming next week!