Where and how does our region grow? That is the question that Coalition for Smarter Growth tackles each day, seeking solutions to the closely-linked challenges of housing, transportation, energy, and the environment in a region that includes over four million people. The final goal? Stronger affordable housing policies, a reduction in environmentally damaging sprawl, well-planned developments, and better transit choices for all those who call this region home. Combining research and policy work, CSG reviews and endorses development and transportation projects and policies, and has formed a lively, committed network of community partners. Groundbreaking reports on pedestrian safety and affordable housing are not just published but also shared and discussed in the media and online. The Walking Tours & Forums Series also educates a range of civic leaders and community members about smart growth solutions. From climate change to changing demographics everything points to the importance of walkable, transit-oriented communities. With Coalition for Smarter Growth we will discover, together, just how to build them.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

Named one of the best small non-profits in the Washington region by the Catalogue for Philanthropy in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Executive Director, Stewart Schwartz featured in Washington Business Journal's "Power 100" list.


Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Coalition for Smarter Growth is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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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.

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