Our Reviewers

Over 125 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. Our accounting firm, Marcum LLP, 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.



Become a Reviewer

The Catalogue for Philanthropy is currently recruiting volunteer reviewers for the 2019-2020 cycle. As a program reviewer, your knowledge about your field and your evaluation of the applicants will help us to determine which charities are ready to be part of the Catalogue network. Your anonymous comments also help us give feedback to unsuccessful applicants as they seek to improve their applications in the future – for us and for other potential supporters.

To become a reviewer, you must:

  • Live in the Greater Washington DC region (The District of Columbia; Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles, or Frederick Counties, MD; Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, or Prince William Counties, VA; or the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, or Falls Church, VA)
  • Have a minimum of five years of professional experience.
  • Have experience in and/or knowledge of the nonprofit sector.
  • Have familiarity, interest, or expertise in one or more of the social issues our applicants serve: Nature (Environment and Animal Services), Culture (Youth and Community Arts or Performing, Literary and Visual Arts), Education (Youth Education and Education and Enrichment; Mentorship and College Access; or Adult Literacy and Learning), or Human Services (Children, Youth and Families; Girls and Women; Immigrant and Refugee Services; Veterans and Military Families; Health, Wellness and Senior Services; Basic Needs, Food and Housing; Legal Services and Justice Programs; Life Skills, Training, and Employment; or Community and Civic Engagement)
  • Not be a member of the board or staff of a nonprofit organization that is applying to be featured in the 2019-2020 Catalogue for Philanthropy. More information for applying nonprofits is available here.
  • Commit to 4-8 hours of reviewing from late February to mid-March. Time commitment is dependent on personal reviewing style; each reviewer will be assigned approximately 5-10 applications.
If you are interested in becoming a Catalogue reviewer, please email Matt Gayer at mgayer@cfp-dc.org.


Pro Bono Financial Review by Thomas Raffa and Marcum LLP