In today's economy, receiving a college education has never been more important. Since 1993, Capital Partners for Education has helped motivated, low-income high school and college students from the DC region overcome the academic and social barriers that prevent them from attending and succeeding in the colleges of their choice. For CPE students, college means the way out of a multigenerational cycle of poverty, and the way into professional careers. CPE equips them for success through a unique combination of one-on-one mentoring, college and career readiness programming, scholarships, and individualized staff support right through college graduation. Over the past 21 years, it has produced a 99% college enrollment rate and a 70% college completion rate among its graduates more than three times the rate nationally and five times the rate in DC. To meet the growing demand for its services, CPE continues to expand its offerings, and plans to double its current student body by 2016. With your help, a cap and gown and a new life are within reach.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: We partner with 20 private high schools in the DC metro area.

Awards & Recognition

Despite its relatively small size, the CPE program is gaining recognition for its quality programming and impressive outcomes.

In 2005, the Washingtonian magazine named CPE one of the top 40 nonprofit organizations in the city making a difference for young people.

In 2006, 2010, and 2014 the Catalogue for Philanthropy recommended CPE to its readers as one of the 10 best education charities in the area.

In 2011, Capital Partners for Education received Honorable Mention for The Center for Nonprofit Advancement's Board Leadership Award.


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Capital Partners for Education is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $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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