Photography is a unique medium: fundamental to news programs, social change movements, and the art world – yet accessible to nearly anyone. And FotoDC fully embraces that versatility. Diverse, high-quality exhibits provide exposure for emerging and established photographers and increase local engagement in the art of photography – with human rights and environmental causes often at the center of the frame. While programming culminates in the annual FotoWeek DC Festival, FotoDC is active year-round: teaming up with museums, galleries, curators, and embassies to showcase local, national, and international photographers to over 50,000 visitors and serving over 8,000 artists through juried competitions, portfolio reviews, and workshops. FotoDC also brings the art (and practice!) of photography to 2,200 public school students in the District through partnerships with the Washington Post and Critical Exposure (another Catalogue nonprofit) and engages artists and audiences through online galleries and event listings. During FotoWeek, galleries and venues around DC host openings, exhibits, contests, lectures, and an exhibition at FotoSpace. With your help, FotoDC can keep innovating and, of course, developing.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; VA-Arlington County; Citywide

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) your organization serves annually:  
    We serve approximately 250,000 people on an annual basis, including both in-person (about 100,000) and on-line (about 150,000) audiences.
  • Number of hours of volunteer work you record annually:  
    Approximately 6,000 with more than 200 volunteers for the annual FotoWeekDC Festival alone.
  • Number of people (clients, students, seniors, youth, etc) served annually by your organization's arts outreach programming:  
    Approximately 2,000 children/students/youth served. For example, in 2012, we will once again partner with (CFP honoree) Critical Exposure, a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography, to source donated cameras and exhibit work
  • Performances/exhibits/art classes, etc. offered annually:  
    About 20 (includes multiple exhibits during FotoWeekDC)

Awards & Recognition

-Finalist 2010 and 2011, Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

-Grant awards for 2011-2012 from: the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Open Society Institute, Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation, The Henry Foundation, the Philip Graham Fund, the Trellis Fund, and the Marriott Foundation


Budget (FY2011)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for FotoDC 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 $37 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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