Our Reviewers

Over 100 reviewers from foundations, corporate giving programs, local government agencies, giving circles, peer nonprofits, and the philanthropic advisory community evaluate applications (about 200 a year) for distinction, merit, and impact. Approximately seventy-five nonprofits are selected annually. Every featured charity has been “site visited” by at least one reviewer, some by as many as five. (Locally headquartered international nonprofits are site visited in their local offices, not "in country.") Our accounting firm, RAFFA, PC, reviews the 990 filings, audited financials, and other key financial indicators to ensure financial viability and transparency. And all organizations on the Catalogue website are re-certified every four years. We leverage the region’s knowledge about philanthropy for the benefit of the entire community.

The following participated in the selection process in 2016-17:

  • ACT for Alexandria (John Porter)
  • Adam Shapiro Public Relations, LLC (Adam Shapiro)
  • AppleTree Institute (Jack McCarthy)
  • Baker Tilly (Raina Rose Tagle)
  • Black Benefactors (Celena Green, Tracey Webb)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton (Joseph T N Suarez)
  • Capital for Children (Cassandra Hanley)
  • Capital One (John Tucker)
  • Case Foundation (Jade Floyd)
  • Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership (Kathy P Kretman)
  • CityBridge Foundation (Jen Davis)
  • Common Good City Farm (Rachael Callahan)
  • Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (Dawnn Leary, Benton Murphy, Silvana Straw)
  • Consultants (Kathy DeBoe, Suzanne Martin, Margaret Siegel, Jonelle Stachura Wallmeyer)
  • Crimsonbridge Foundation (Mercedes Lemp)
  • Crittenton Services of Greater Washington (Tara Egan)
  • David S Shrager Foundation (Debbie Shrager)
  • DC Commission on the Arts and the Humanities (Michael Bigley, David Markey)
  • DC Government (Pat Henry)
  • Deloitte (Peter Cutler)
  • Eugene and Agnes E Meyer Foundation (Andrew Brown, Kari Den Otter, Karen FitzGerald, Julian Haynes, Rick Moyers, Amy Nakamoto, Maegan Scott, Shana Silver, Jane Ward)
  • Eugene M Lang Foundation (Jane Lang)
  • Fair Chance (Ben Bradburn, Gretchen Van der Veer)
  • Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships (Theresa Benincasa)
  • Freddie Mac (Lori Vacek)
  • Frederick Arts Council (Louise Kennelly)
  • Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop (Tara Libert)
  • Friendship Place (Jean-Michel Giraud)
  • Generation Hope (Nicole Lynn Lewis)
  • George Preston Marshall Foundation (Barbara Jones)
  • Giving Circle of HOPE (Linda Strup)
  • Global Fund for Children (Susan Berkun)
  • Harbour Capital Advisors (Betsy Duff)
  • Healthy Alexandria Giving Circle (Lynn O’Connell)
  • Higher Achievement (Katherine Roboff)
  • The House Student Leadership Center (Todd McCormick)
  • Howard & Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation (Erica Pressman)
  • Human Services Coalition of Prince George’s County (Hillary Lindeman)
  • Independent Sector (Marie LeBlanc)
  • Individuals (Sylvia Kidder Barry, Jeffrey Fergus, Jennifer Hatch, Beth Hess, Sandra Hoehne, Patricia Pasqual, Donna Purchase, Robert Siciliano, Ann VanDusen, Jonathan Williams)
  • Intentional Philanthropy (Holli Rivera)
  • The J Willard and Alice S Marriott Foundation (Bridget Miskell)
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (Beth Conrad, Astrik Tenney, Barb Weber)
  • The JBG Companies (Bailey Hopple Edelson)
  • John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation (Suzie Loungeway)
  • Jovid Foundation (Bob Wittig)
  • Joy of Motion Dance Center (Julia Harman Cain)
  • Jump Start Growth (Paul Jolly)
  • Junior League of Washington (Laura Blackwelder)
  • Kennedy Center (Jeanette McCune)
  • Little Lights Urban Ministries (Steve Park)
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Oramenta Newsome)
  • Lois & Richard England Family Foundation/Prince Charitable Trusts (Julia Baer-Cooper)
  • Luther I Replogle Foundation (Gwenn Gebhard)
  • Many Hands (Sydney Bath, Regina Hall, Leslie Lawley, Sandi McCoy, Jill Meyer)
  • Maple Tree Fund (Brooksie Koopman)
  • Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships (Bruce Adams)
  • Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation (Debbi Lindenberg,
  • Mary Mulcahy, Jessica Plocher, Tobi Printz-Platnick)
  • Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation (Alison McWilliams)
  • The Nature Conservancy (Wendy Mills)
  • The NEA Foundation (Meg Porta)
  • No Kid Hungry (Jillien Meier)
  • Nonprofit Village (Kim Jones)
  • Otto-Whalley Family Foundation (Judy Whalley)
  • Pepco, an Exelon Company (Pamela Holman)
  • Philip L Graham Fund (Caitlin Orth)
  • Posse Foundation DC (Tamara Wilds Lawson)
  • Project Create (Christie Walser)
  • Raffa (Jimena Ryan)
  • Reach Incorporated (Mark Hecker)
  • Reading Partners (Karen Gardner)
  • Richard E and Nancy P Marriott Foundation (Tom DiGenno, Nancie Suzuki)
  • Rockefeller and Co (Karen Wawrzaszek)
  • Sarah’s Circle (Jessica Petro)
  • Sitar Arts Center (Monica Harrington)
  • Stephen Whisnant Strategies (Steve Whisnant)
  • The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts (Deb Gottesman)
  • Trawick Foundation (Carol Trawick)
  • TTR Sotheby’s International Realty (Jennifer Hammond)
  • United Way of the National Capital Area (Levina Kim)
  • Volunteer Fairfax (Susan Sanow)
  • Washington Area Women’s Foundation (Lisa Kays, Claudia Williams)
  • Washington Performing Arts (Doug Wheeler)
  • Weissberg Foundation (Hanh Le)
  • Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts (Beth Brummel)
  • The Writer’s Center (Joe Callahan)
  • A Wider Circle (Mark Bergel, Pam Feinstein)

Financial Review

Pro Bono Financial Review by Raffa, PC: Thomas Raffa along with Bob Bloom and Kevin Andrade, Madan Atreya, Laurie A Cripe, Michael J Feroz, Edward Fleitz, Lorena Garcia, Allison Griesbach, Andrea Haywood, Dan Keef, Julliann Le, Maritza Lopez, Erica A Malchodi, Elizabeth Nguyen, Daniel J Sansweet, Cuong Vuong

Special thanks to...

Thanks to our Nonprofit Institute Expert Trainers: Adam Shapiro Public Relations, The Advisory Board Company, CauseEngline, The Foundation Center, Lamb Financial, Match Dot Dollars, Thread Strategies, Twenty Hats, Bob Wittig and Susan Schaefer

Many thanks to Julie Jones, Simone Putnam, and Bill Cain.


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