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 create a movement for social good in our region.A gift to the Catalogue has a huge multiplier effect. It helps us help over 400 great, vetted, local charities. We have raised for our network of nonprofits nearly $40 million to date ... but we can't do it alone! A donation to the Catalogue helps us amplify the voices, extend the impact, and accelerate the success of some of the best community-based nonprofits in metropolitan Washington, and to make a difference, close to home.

Awards & Recognition

GOLD (print Catalogue) and GOLD (web site) award winner for excellence in communications by the 2009 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program, sponsored by the Council on foundations. This was the fifth year in a row that the print Catalogue was recognized with a gold, and the first gold award for the website.

Recognized with the Harman Family Foundation as Outstanding Foundation Partner, National Capital Philanthropy Day, 2009

Featured as “one of the more innovative local philanthropic initiatives” by the Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein, December 2007...

Barbara Harman (Founder & President recognized twice by Washingtonian Magazine as one one of the most powerful women in Washington for her work on the Catalogue for Philanthropy (2013, 2015)


    Budget (FY2014)

    • $3 million or higher
    • $1 million to $3 million
    • The current budget for Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is: $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

    Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

    About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

    Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

    The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

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