Community Forklift's programs provide low-cost building materials, appliances, and furniture to low-income individuals and families and to nonprofit organizations (social services, schools, gardening cooperatives, civic organizations, theaters) throughout the DMV. These salvaged and surplus, landfill-bound materials are "redirected" and made available at below-market rates (or at no cost to those with limited resources), creating assets that catalyze economic, housing, and community revitalization. Reuse keeps landfills from filling up, supplies the workforce with good, green jobs, and fits beautifully into homes and tight budgets (think an older washing machine, cleaned, tested, and ready for a second life). With social distancing measures in place, an online catalog of curated materials and furniture means community members can purchase pick-up items "dockside," with limited home delivery an option on an as-needed basis. Community doesn't sleep during a pandemic: neither does Forklift.

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Budget (FY0)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $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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