About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is the region's only locally-focused guide to giving and volunteering. We believe in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change. Our goal is to create visibility for our charities, fuel their growth with philanthropic dollars, and support a movement for social good and justice in our region.

Since 2003, the Catalogue has raised more than $55 million for our network of local nonprofits. Every organization in our network is determined to be critical to the community by a team of over 170 volunteer community advocates. They review each organization's impact, the community need they address, and how they involve the community in their work. We also conduct financial reviews and site visits so you can support them with confidence.

We highlight critical local charities, and their work, to show what is possible when engaged community members connect with worthy causes, acting together on behalf of the greater good. Our vision is a stronger, more resilient, more equitable community, here, where we live.


Created as a project of the Harman Family Foundation in 2003, the Catalogue for Philanthropy began out of a desire to strengthen local community and increase equity of access for small nonprofits while helping donors find and support community-based nonprofits those with great local impact, but little visibility and limited capacity to tell their stories to a larger audience. While national databases like Charity Navigator (2001) were beginning to emerge, there was still no organized source of smaller nonprofits (budgets < $4 million) especially one that was local in focus.

The inaugural print Catalogue, focused on the District, was released in 2003. It raised a half million dollars. In 2004 the scope expanded to cover nonprofits in nearby Maryland and Virginia counties as well. In 2006 the Catalogue became an independent public charity, and it now raises over $7 million annually for local nonprofits in the metropolitan Washington region.

Non-discrimination Policy

Unlawful discrimination has no place at the Catalogue for Philanthropy; our core values include a commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion. We require all charities that participate in the Catalogue to affirm their commitment to core values of non-discrimination consistent with ours.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy does not discriminate either internally (in its administrative and program operations) or externally (in its vetting of charities that apply to participate in the Catalogue) on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, disability, marital status, veteran or draft status.


We know our limits and we remind you to recognize them too. Although we pride ourselves on our advice, and the advice of our review teams, the content of the Catalogue is provided for informational purposes and is not a substitute for expert legal, tax, or other professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances.