For information about the Catalogue, please contact:

Bob Wittig,
Executive Director

In the News:

Matthew Gayer, Director of Nonprofit Programs, Featured in Article about the State of Philanthropy in DC
Tue Nov 14 2017, Washington Business Journal  
As giving has struggled to rebound following the Great Recession - a Stanford University study found national giving dropped a total of 13 percent in 2008 and 2009 - nonprofit funding patterns have shifted. Institutional foundations - both corporate and independent - have sharpened their focus, working to make a larger impact with sometimes shrinking budgets.

Catalogue for Philanthropy Helps Local Youth Go Back to School
Sat Jul 29 2017, Press Release  
The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, the only local guide to giving and volunteering in the greater Washington region, is a resource for residents who want to support local students as a new school year begins. The Catalogue's website features a central hub for people to learn about and donate to over 75 local, community-based nonprofits that support underserved students, as well as learn about education-related volunteer opportunities (

Catalogue for Philanthropy Strengthens Nonprofit Collaboration
Wed May 31 2017, Press Release  
As the Catalogue begins celebrating its 15th year, its "Know Your Neighborhood" series aims to galvanize nonprofit leaders from the nearly 400 vetted organizations that are now part of its network.

New Executive Director Joins DC Leadership Team At Catalogue For Philanthropy
Tue May 23 2017, Press Release  
The board of directors of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, celebrating its 15th year, is pleased to announce the selection of Bob Wittig as its first executive director.

Barbara Harman is 2016 Washingtonian of the Year
Fri Jan 6 2017, Washingtonian Magazine  
Meet the 2016 Washingtonians of the Year
Eleven locals whose commitment to helping others makes Washington a better place to live.
By Leslie Milk on January 6, 2017

Top earners: Donate what you'd keep under Trump's proposed tax cuts
Fri Dec 23 2016, Washington Post, Opinions  
by Barbara Harman. Promises of cuts to social services mean we should plan now to make up the difference. See also: The Pledge-the-Difference website

Great Day Washington
Thu Dec 22 2016, WUSA9  
The Catalogue and Community Foodworks speak with Great Day Washington on WUSA9. Cari Rudd explains how Catalogue for Philanthropy Greater Washington can help you find the charity that's best for you.

Supporting Innovative NonProfits, by Barbara Harman
Wed Dec 14 2016, Washington Monthly  
Discovering these organizations through our work on the Catalogue for Philanthropy--and sharing that work with others--has given us a new way of thinking about our community, and a new way of thinking about the kind of impact we could create by zeroing in on Washington, DC, our hometown, and helping to create a more equitable community here.

24 Local Charities That Are Worth Your Time and Money
Tue Nov 29 2016, Washingtonian Magazine  
Want to help those in need this holiday season? Here are 24 worthy charities, all recommended by the Catalogue for Philanthropy Greater Washington.

The Post's View: Giving thanks by giving back
Thu Nov 24 2016, Washington Post, Editorial Board  
"The just-concluded presidential campaign revealed deep divisions and left raw wounds in the country. Many - particularly those who were disappointed by the outcome - are searching for answers about what they can do. Some good possibilities lie in this catalogue. Every day in the back yard of the nation's capital, an array of causes - from empowering girls and women to providing immigrant and refugee services to protecting the environment to enhancing the cultural arts - are being tackled by organizations that could use a helping hand. We hope people take a look and realize as they give thanks this week that it is also important to give back."

Give it Up, DC! A Guide to Giving Back in DC, in 2016
Wed Nov 23 2016, Washington City Paper  
As a Donald Trump administration promises to slash funding for all manner of federal programs, this year's publication of our giving guide may be more important than ever. This is the sixth year of Washington City Paper's partnership with the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, whose goal is to offer informed guidance for District residents about how to spend their charitable dollars.

Catalogue for Philanthropy Offers Trusted Ways to Give Back and Honor Those Who Have Served This Veterans Day
Mon Nov 7 2016, Press Release  
This Veterans Day, the Catalogue has you covered. We offer our "best of" list of trusted organizations working with local Veterans and their families.

The best nonprofits for helping students in need
Mon Aug 29 2016, WUSA9 Great Day Washington  
As the cost of going back to school rises, the Catalogue for Philanthropy vets & highlights the best nonprofits that help students in need.

Barbara Harman on What it Means to Give
Wed Jun 8 2016, The Washington Post  
The Catalogue's founder, Barbara Harman, interviewed for Joe Heim's weekly Q&A column, "Just Asking."

Profiles in Philanthropy
Wed Jun 1 2016, Washington Life Magazine  
Barbara Harman featured in WL Magazine's Philanthropy Issue

Last minute holiday shopping tips
Thu Dec 17 2015, WJLA News Channel 7  
Last minute shopping for the holidays? ABC7 hosted a "Last Minute Shopping Phone Bank" and featured CFP to discuss holiday chartiable giving options.

Alexandria in Action: Still Trying to Figure out What to Get?
Sat Dec 12 2015, Alexandria Times  

Give it Up, D.C.
Fri Nov 27 2015, Washington CityPaper  
A Guide to Giving Back in 2015

Comcast Newsmakers
Wed Nov 18 2015, Comcast Newsmakers  
Yolanda Vazquez talks with Aline Newman, Director of Marketing for CFP to discuss the organization and the help they offer in the community.

Local 'Holiday Angels' served the needy, comforted the afflicted in the region
Thu Dec 25 2014, The Washington Post  
Local "Angels of the Year" are recognized for applause and gratitude.

Comcast Newsmakers: Catalogue for Philanthropy Greater Washington
Mon Dec 22 2014, Comcast Newsmakers  
Yolanda Vazquez talks with Aline Newman, Director of Marketing for CFP to discuss their mission & the help they offer in the community.

Comcast Newsmakers: Catalogue for Philanthropy Greater Washington
Tue Dec 16 2014, Comcast Newsmakers  
Yolanda Vazquez talks with Aline Newman, Director of Marketing for CFP to discuss the organization and the help they offer in the community.

Little can be big
Wed Dec 3 2014, Washington Jewish Week  
When disaster strikes, requests for donations fill television screens and social media. But where can someone turn for information to help those in need right here in the Washington, D.C., area?

#GivingTuesday - Best & Worst Charities
Tue Dec 2 2014, ABC7 News at 5  
Catalogue for Philanthropy is highlighted on #GivingTuesday as a reputable organization that helps donors give to worthy causes

Raising awareness about giving to charities
Mon Dec 1 2014, WUSA 9  
Raising awareness about giving to charities Aline Newman of Catalogue for Philanthropy talks to us about how to tell if a non-profit is trustworthy

What Your Money Goes Toward at These 30 Local Charities
Mon Dec 1 2014, Washingtonian Magazine  
CFP pointed us to these great local nonprofits. Here's what they can do with $100, $500, or $1.

Inside the Catalogue for Philanthropy
Wed Nov 26 2014, NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt  
Aline Newman of CFP, Lisa Whetzel of Our Daily Bread, and Tamara Wilds Lawson of Posse Foundation discuss the impact of the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Give it Up, D.C.
Tue Nov 25 2014, Washington City Paper  
The 2014 charitable donation guide:
54 local nonprofits worth your time and money

Getting Your Community To Share Their Stories -- Lessons Learned From The Catalogue For Philanthropy
Wed Oct 1 2014, The Storytelling Nonprofit  
Aline Newman, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Catalogue for Philanthropy, conducts a Q & A about storytelling

Season of Getting, Season of Giving
Mon Dec 30 2013, Huffington Post Impact  
There is a new kind of inequality in our nation -- the gap that divides people not by race or gender but by economic status.

Give it Up, D.C.
Wed Nov 27 2013, Washington City Paper  
Washington City Paper and the Catalogue for Philanthropy team up to provide a guide to giving back in 2013.

Gift Drives, other charitable options about in D.C. for the holidays
Wed Nov 20 2013, The Current  
Current Newspaper highlights the Catalogue for Philanthropy's #GivingTuesday Save a Penny campaign

Barbara Harman among Most Powerful Women in Washington in 2013
Fri Nov 1 2013, Washingtonian Magazine  
The Catalogue for Philanthropy's President and Editor is recognized for being among the most influential in Washington D.C.

Four Local Charities Honored
Thu Jul 11 2013, The Connection Newspaper: Alexandria  
City of Alexandria Formally Recognizes Catalogue for Philanthropy and its Local Charities

Creating a Piece of the Philanthropic Landscape
Wed Mar 13 2013, Association for Small Foundations  
ASF's CEO Henry Berman speaks with Barbara Harman about her role in creating and championing the award-winning publication.

Evaluating the (nonprofit) Evaluators
Tue Feb 5 2013, Huffington Post  
Barbara Harman's first of a three part series on evaluating charities.

Catalogue for Philanthropy offers efficient, worry-free giving to D.C. area charities
Thu Dec 13 2012, The Washington Post  
Columnist Robert McCartney shares how CFP is an "innovative publication it easy to find small, worthy nonprofits in our area."

2012 Women Who Mean Business: Barbara Harman
Fri Nov 16 2012, Washington Business Journal  
CFP President and Editor Barbara Harman selected as one of 25 "influential, powerful, and trailblazing women" in DC.

Give It Up, D.C.: The 2012 Guide to Giving
Thu Nov 15 2012, Washington City Paper  
CFP and the Washington City Paper bring you a list of some of the best small nonprofits in DC, worthy of your charitable giving this holiday season.

"The Beltway of Giving: Following Your Dollars"
Wed Aug 22 2012, The Georgetowner  
The Catalogue for Philanthropy is one of several resources that makes it easier for donors to give with confidence this fall.

The 3-Minute Interview: Barbara Harman
Sun Jul 22 2012, The Examiner  
The Examiner sat down with CFP's own President and Editor Barbara Harman to talk about the new 2012-13 Catalogue for Philanthropy.

DC Site Aims for Year-Round Workplace Giving
Tue Feb 7 2012, The Chronicle of Philanthropy  
A Washington organization that links local businesses and charities has launched a giving Web site designed to extend workplace giving ...

Nonprofit's giving portal aims to drive more donations to charities
Sun Feb 5 2012, The Washington Post  
The Catalogue for Philanthropy Greater Washington, which connects local nonprofits with donors, has established a workplace giving portal...

12 Days of Giving: Catalogue For Philanthropy
Fri Dec 23 2011, NBC 4 Washington, D.C.  
The group shines a light on smaller, community-based foundations.

Catalogue For Philanthropy
Wed Dec 21 2011, JCHayward.Com  
There is no greater gift than love and during the holidays that is when most people feel the need to donate to charity.

The 3-Minute Interview: Barbara Harman
Tue Dec 20 2011, The Washington Examiner  
Harman is president and editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, a resource for donors looking for non-profits ...

Creating a Culture of Giving in Washington, DC
Wed Nov 23 2011, US Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Center  
Give Where You Live: It's the first line on the first page of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. It's a good slogan ...

Get Out and Give Back: Catalogue for Philanthropy Gala
Fri Nov 11 2011, Washington Life Magazine  
It was an emotional evening for the Catalogue for Philanthropy as they welcomed their new "Class of 2012″ nonprofits.

Helping Out: Firm and charity support each other
Sun Jul 17 2011, The Washington Post Capital Business  
Donna Morea, president of CGI Group, talks about their approach to corporate community involvement.

Support Local Charities This Holiday Season
Thu Dec 16 2010, Greater Greater Washington  
Article features CFP nonprofits Coalition for Smarter Growth, So Others Might Eat, Potomac Riverkeeper and others.

Commentary by Chuck Bean: 'Imagine It's You' In Need
Tue Dec 7 2010, WAMU News  
Nonprofit Roundtable director and CFP Reviewer spotlights Sitar Arts, Doorways for Women and Families, Safe Shores, and the Catalogue.

Spirit of Giving: How to lend a hand to those in need this holiday season
Wed Dec 1 2010, Washingtonian Magazine  
The Catalogue was one of three sources that Washingtonian used in compiling its lists of charities who help make the holidays brighter!

Spirit of Giving: How to lend a hand to those in need this holiday season
Wed Dec 1 2010, Washingtonian Magazine  
The Catalogue was one of three sources that Washingtonian used in compiling its lists of charities who help make the holidays brighter!

Leonsis's promise: to 'leave more than I took'
Mon Nov 29 2010, The Washington Post  
Check out the Post's great write-up of the Catalogue's annual launch event, Inspiration to Action!

Why not add charity shopping to the Black Friday ritual
Fri Nov 26 2010, The Washington Post  
"… What if searching for and giving to a good local charity also became part of this annual ritual?"

Get Out & Give Back-Choosing a Charity: Do Ratios Matter?
Mon Sep 20 2010, Washington Life Online  
Data point or dealbreaker? Is the percent of a nonprofit's revenues that support direct programming more important than its impact?

Small Charitable Gifts Add Up for Nonprofits
Mon Dec 21 2009, Washington Business Journal  
Local online tools help bundle smaller gifts. You can transform a donation into a holiday gift through the Catalogue for Philanthropy . . .

Philanthropy Day
Wed Nov 25 2009, Bisnow  
National Capital Philanthropy Day photos, including Barbara Harman, Outstanding Foundation Partner award recipient along with the Catalogue.

New Online Catalogue for Philanthropy in Washington, DC
Sun Nov 15 2009,  
Kudos from Alice Korngold for "vision and execution. Your work is helping people and institutions seeking to engage in meaningful ways. . ."

National Capital Philanthropy Day Awardees Announced
Wed Aug 12 2009  
AFP-DC selects the Harman Family Foundation and the Catalogue for Philanthropy as the 2009 Outstanding Foundation Partner.

Grooming the Messenger
Tue May 19 2009  
Georgetown's Center for Social Impact Communication, which trains communications experts with a commitment to social responsibility on how to help nonprofits and others overcome communications challenges, is featured. The article also features the great work done by Georgetown's cause consultants on behalf of the Catalogue and two Catalogue nonprofits, Urban Alliance and Bonobo Conservation Initiative.

Local Real Estate Brokerage Sells Clients on Philanthropy
Tue Mar 31 2009  
If springtime finds you looking for a new home, and you're also looking for ways to give back to your new community, call or stop by TTR Sotheby's International Realty and you'll get great advice on both. Through a partnership with the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, TTR Sotheby's is supporting the country's most successful philanthropy promotion initiative and helping to shine a light on the best community-based nonprofits in the Washington region.

A Time of Need
Fri Dec 19 2008  
Steve Pearlstein's annual column "celebrates those companies and their employees that have continued to contribute their time, money, and ingenuity to local charitable causes." The article mentions the Catalogue's partnerships with the Wal-Mart Foundation and CGI Federal, which, in the last year, have supported a dozen Catalogue nonprofits. CGI Federal also has been instrumental in developing our new portal. Booz Allen Hamilton, a new Catalogue investor in 2008-09, also is featured among 50 companies recognized for "extraordinary acts of corporate philanthropy."

A Better Way to Give at the Office
Sun Dec 7 2008  
The Washington Post's Close to Home op-ed page features an article that highlights the Catalogue's partnership with CGI Federal and our new co-branded portal. It begins, "Workplace philanthropy campaigns during the holidays need to be given the pink slip. This shortsighted fundraising model not only gets lost in the sea of December personal spending; it also encourages a one-shot approach to doing good that limits the ability of service agencies and nonprofits to meet dire year-round needs. Even when the economy is doing well, concentrated giving during a single, compressed time period makes little sense. It's not as if poverty, homelessness, hunger and health issues disappear after the holidays." The portal is described as a good corporate model for cultivating deep and lasting donor-recipient partnerships. The Catalogue's other Portal Partners are TTR Sotheby's International Realty and Booz Allen Hamilton.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy Announces Its New "Safety Net" List
Sat Dec 6 2008  
Reports of bare cupboards at food pantries, and a growing list of clients in need, has everyone appropriately concerned. But worry can be turned to good purpose. Today the Catalogue has posted to its website a "Safety Net List" of Catalogue organizations that focus on food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. Donors can find, by name, kind, and location, 44 nonprofits in the metropolitan region that work with the most vulnerable among us.

Retiring With a Windfall? How to Give It Away
Wed Oct 15 2008  
In the mid-1990s, Barbara Harman and her husband, William Cain, enjoyed a spike in the value of some stocks they'd held for years. Longtime college professors, they'd already set aside enough money for their own retirement, so they decided to give away most of the unexpected windfall -- about $400,000. Then came the tough part: determining how best to donate their money. It's an enviable challenge, and one a growing number of older Americans are facing.