The DC suburbs are some of the most affluent in the nation but there is no denying the pockets of extreme poverty that exist within them. ECHO’s programs address the most critical community needs – often precipitated by lack or loss of employment, relocation, physical or mental health problems, or the break-up of a family. Here, as elsewhere, the pandemic was a precipitating factor: many ECHO clients became unemployed when the hospitality and service sectors were decimated. So, ECHO offers assistance with a utility bill as the cut-off date nears, support for monthly rent when a client loses a job, clothing for an upcoming interview, a gas gift card that lets an employee get to and from a job, essential housewares for a new apartment, and food for a family who has no other resources – assistance that can make the critical difference.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; Springfield, VA; Burke, VA

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

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

ECHO was selected for inclusion in the 2006 edition of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

ECHO has received numerous awards over the years from the Office of the Governor to the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, to the Chamber of Commerce, etc.

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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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