Around Town–Happy Holidays!

Sink into the holiday spirit this weekend with two special holiday performances, courtesy of Step Afrika! and Fairfax Choral Society. The entire CFP team wishes everyone a very Happy Holidays and good wishes into the new year. See you all in 2015!

Christmas in Fairfax

Fairfax Choral Society
Make our tradition your tradition. Join the Fairfax Choral Society and the City of Fairfax Band in a glorious selection of seasonal favorites in this free, annual concert.

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When: Sat Dec 20 2014 (7:00 PM)
Where: Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030
Fee? no
Contact: Christi Esterly Schwarten, (703) 642-3277
For more information: click here

Monday, December 22, 2014

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

Step Afrika! USA
Join the dynamic artists of Step Afrika!, DJ Frosty the Snowman and their friends from the Arctic Kingdom as they dance, make music and celebrate the spirit of the season! This popular H Street Holiday tradition is now in its 4th year, we are excited to share the joy of the Holidays with you!

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When: Mon Dec 22 2014 (7:30 PM)
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Fee? yes $38 Adults, $25 Students and Seniors, $15 Children under 17
Contact: Barrett Kinsella, (202) 399-7993 ext 110
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7 Questions with Tracy Leonard, Public Education Manager of SCAN

Tracy 2SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) works to stop the cycle of abuse through its parent education, child advocacy and community outreach programs. Tracy works to enhance how SCAN both engages and empowers community members to take action to stop child abuse. She facilitates SCAN’s Allies in Prevention Coalition — Northern Virginia’s only comprehensive coalition focused on child abuse prevention — as well as SCAN’s partnership with Darkness to Light.

  1. What motivated you to begin working with your organization?

SCAN and I found each other at just the right moment in time. After staying home with my two children for three years, it was time for me to go back to work. Children and children’s issues have always been a passion of mine so when I saw that SCAN was looking for a Public Education Manager, I knew it was the right fit. The position was a compliment to my background in elementary education as well as my recent Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology. I was given the task of educating those in Northern Virginia about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting. A task that I met with open arms and an open mind.

  1. What exciting change or innovation is on your mind?

SCAN is known for its innovation in programming. One program we are planning to launch is Operation Safe Babies – an educational program that would teach new parents about safe sleep, how to soothe a crying baby, and the effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome. In addition to the educational resources, we hope to be able to provide cribs for their new bundles of joy. We are looking forward to working with other social service agencies in Northern Virginia to help reach the families they serve.

  1. Who inspires you (in the philanthropy world or otherwise)? Do you have a hero?

My parents are my biggest heroes and champions. They were young parents (17 and 18 years old) when they had me in 1973. Despite every obstacle they faced and every indicator that said they would not be successful parents or partners, they overcame each one and recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. They are a true testament to perseverance, hope and love.

  1. What was your most interesting recent project/partnership?

As a part of our Kids Need Connections Child Abuse Prevention Campaign, I developed a series (Children’s Stories that Build Resiliency) of fifteen popular children’s stories and corresponding questions that are engaging, provide a chance for adults to have open discussions with children about their emotions, and also allows adults to model what children can say or do when confronted with situations that test their resiliency. Through this project, we have partnered with the Alexandria City Library to make sure that the titles are available in their libraries and the stories have also been a part of their preschool story hour. I also presented a workshop titled Children’s Stories that Build Resiliency that was presented at the Arlington Out of School Time Conference and I have been invited to present it at the VAECE conference in March in Richmond. I have also written a white paper entitled Building Resilient Children, One Story at a Time that reinforces the research on resiliency and why using children’s stories is a good way to promote resiliency in children.

  1. What is the single greatest challenge that your organization faces (besides finances) and how are you dealing with this challenge?

One of the greatest challenges we face as an organization is opening up the community’s eyes to the fact that child abuse happens everywhere. Child abuse occurs across all boundaries of economic levels, race, ethnic heritage, and religious faith. Too many want to believe that child abuse and neglect are not occurring in their backyard and that it is an issue that does not directly affect them. The financial costs for victims and society are substantial. A recent CDC study, The Economic Burden of Child Maltreatment in the United States and Implications for Prevention,External Web Site Icon found the total lifetime estimated financial costs associated with just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect) is approximately $124 billion. ~taken from

  1. What advice do you have for other people in your position?

No one can do this work alone. It takes meaningful partnerships and various viewpoints to make change. We should be working together in thoughtful and systematic ways in order to create effective programming that maximizes our limited resources and reaffirms our own beliefs in the human soul.

  1. What’s next/coming up for you?

The next phase of our Kids Need Connections Campaign focuses on how the community can connect with kids. Through our Allies in Prevention Coalition, we will be highlighting the role that parks and recreation departments, faith communities, libraries and law enforcement can play in connecting parents to parents and parents to community resources. And as a result of our annual Advocacy Day, we will be implementing an “Advocacy Year Round” plan that keeps Child Welfare Advocate engaged in advocating for children on an ongoing basis rather than only when the Legislature is in session.


#WhatsUpWednesday 12.17.14

It’s our last #WhatsupWednesday post for 2014, and we’re happy to share all of the wonderful holiday cheer that our nonprofits are bringing to the community.

Horton’s Kids
Horton’s Kids distributed gifts to families to make the holidays brighter for 150+ children through their Elf program!

Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread in Fairfax celebrated Reina, a local mom in their Project BRIDGE program who used her Workforce Development Stipend to take a 4-month intensive class through Computer C.O.R.E. to improve her computer skills and her job prospects. Her instructor told ODB that Reina was best in the class and that she was quick to pick up new lessons. On Monday, she received her certificate in Microsoft Windows and Office Applications. Reina really enjoyed the class, made friends she’ll keep in touch with and wants to volunteer as a class helper.

Reach Incorporated
Reach Incorporated gave brand new books to students and volunteers!

Senior Services of Alexandria
Senior Services of Alexandria’s Meals on Wheels recipients got a special holiday treat with their meals today holiday floral arrangements from a local garden club and ornaments made by an Alexandria Brownie Troop great day for seniors!

The DC SCORES staff wishes everyone a very happy holidays!

Happy Holidays from the CFP staff to you and yours!

How D.C. spends (and it’s not what you think)

When it comes to daily spending habits, what has you reaching for your wallet most often? Coffee? Parking? Lunch?

What about…Elder care?

In Sunday’s New York Times, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett explores consumer spending habits across major metropolitan cities in the United States. Using a national survey of consumer spending conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the basis for her analysis, the author finds that people in different metropolitan areas buy significantly different items (the average household in the nation spends approximately $5,000 per year on conspicuous items). In Washington D.C., for example, we spend significantly more than the national average on elder care, and men’s clothing (suits, footwear, underwear), yet are on par with the rest of the country when it comes to charitable giving.

Source: Analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey data by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Hyojung Lee

Source: Analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey data by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Hyojung Lee

While most may not see a connection between elder care and business attire, here at the Catalogue for Philanthropy, we do. Several of our charities have missions focused solely on caring for seniors, or empowering those who are looking for work but don’t have the resources to dress professionally. So, while we’re already spending in these categories, it’s the perfect time of year to reflect on how we can help others who may not be able to afford the medical care for a loved one, or have access to the resources needed to get a job. Here are some organizations that can help you guide your giving in these areas:

Looking for directions on how to help seniors? Here a list of 142 organizations that can help (organized by name and location).

Want to help someone feel confident with professional attire for an interview/day-to-day work? Check out A Wider Circle, LIFT-DC, Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington (OAR), STRIVE DC, or Suited for Change.


Give like a local this holiday season

Looking for directions on how to give this holiday season, but not sure where to start?

The Catalogue has made it easy for donors to find causes to support, thanks to our “Holiday Giving” page. Through January 1st, Catalogue charities have the opportunity to showcase their end-of-year giving campaigns all one place on the Catalogue website. Each featured charity campaign includes special wish list items to help donors know exactly how their dollars will make a difference for the organization and the people it serves. And the best part? We charge no fees for donations made through campaign pages (or anywhere on our website)!

Below are some examples of CFP campaigns featured on the “Holiday Giving” page:

Potomac Riverkeeper: “#AchieveClean 2015″ campaign

Riverkeepers are here to protect the rivers you rely on and have come to love. Together, the Upper Potomac, Potomac, and Shenandoah Riverkeepers create a lethal team to fight pollution. Join them to #AchieveClean in 2015.

Joy of Motion Dance Center: “Seniors in Motion” campaign

Seniors in Motion brings free dance education directly to those who are often deemed “too old to dance.” Help Joy of Motion expand classes to more sites and add a second Seniors concert.

DC Bilingual Public Charter School: “Vamos a Puerto Rico” campaign

Help make a special dream a reality for 50 low-income fifth graders at DC Bilingual Public Charter School in the District of Columbia. The dream: An expedition to Puerto Rico as the culmination of 12 weeks of science, environmental, and cultural learning in the Global LEADers program. The trip will take place from May 12th to May 18th, 2015.

Falls Church McLean Children’s Center“Strong Start, Strong Community” campaign

Gifts to this campaign will give children, ages 2 thru 5, in Fairfax County access to the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center’s preschool program where they can have a safe place to learn and grow strong while their parents work.

To see more campaigns like these, go to our “Holiday Giving” page.

Around Town 12/12-21/18

CFP nonprofits are showcasing their impressive accomplishments at end of year events across our region. Our charities invite you to music performances, holiday parties, theater festivals, and more! We hope to see you there!

Friday, December 12, 2014

YPT’s 20th Anniversary Festival

Young Playwrights’ Theater To honor 20 years of imagination, inspiration and young talent, Young Playwrights Theater (YPT) is joining forces with nine other local theater companies to produce 20 of the most celebrated plays from YPT’s history. On Friday, December 12, 2014, at 7pm at Theater J, beloved YPT characters such as Magnet Dude, Tornado Boy and Little Lucy will be reborn in the unique styles of many of the DC region’s favorite theaters. Featuring YPT and: dog & pony dc Faction of Fools Forum Theatre GALA Hispanic Theatre No Rule Theatre Company Pinky Swear Productions Rorschach Theatre The Washington Rogues Wild Women Theare

When: Fri Dec 12 2014 (7:00 PM) Where: Theater J, 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 Fee? no Contact: YPT, (202) 387-9173 For more information: click here

Saturday, December 13, 2014

DC Bilingual Christmas Tree Sale

DC Bilingual Public Charter School Still looking for the right Christmas tree this holiday season? Come by DC Bilingual in Columbia Heights to get the perfect one. All proceeds benefit the school!

When: Sat Dec 13 2014 (09:00 AM – 3:00 PM) Where: United States, 1420 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009 Fee? yes tree prices vary. Contact: Alice Sadler, (202) 332-4200 ext 1090

CHAW’s Annual Winter Performance Festival & Arts Showcase

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop The CHAW Winter Performance Festival & Arts Showcase will take place throughout the day and throughout our building at 545 7th St. SE. Drop in for some or all of the festivities and kick off the season with lots of great art! Full schedule below, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We look forward to celebrating the season with you on the 13th! Schedule: 11am-5pm: Art Sales/Shop ‘n Drop and winter class registration in the Gallery 12pm-1pm: Youth Arts Program performances and demonstrations in the Dance Studio; Youth Arts Program Art Show in the Art Studio [Special event 1pm-4pm: Gingerbread House-making fundraiser at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3rd and A Sts. SE. Donation-based. Thanks to the generous support of CHAWsome sponsors Phil & Jeanne!] 1:30pm-2:30pm: Youth Music and Dance performances in the Dance Studio 2pm-3pm: Faction of Fools Theatre Company Benefit Performance for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project in the Black Box Theatre 4pm-5:30pm: Adult class performances 5:30pm-7pm: Student Art Show Opening & Reception with wine and cheese All events taking place at CHAW on festival day are free and open to the public–just bring your love of art, and we’ll provide the holiday cheer!

When: Sat Dec 13 2014 (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM) Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 Fee? no Contact: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, (202) 547-6839 For more information: click here

A Gift of Music

Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center Concert of Sacred and Secular Holiday Music presented by the Woman’s Club of McLean Chorale to benefit the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center. The Chorale is comprised of former professional chanteurs now residing in McLean. A bake sale of holiday fare will follow the performance. The concert is free; donations welcome.

When: Sat Dec 13 2014 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) Where: United States, 7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22043 Fee? no Contact: Renee Boyle, (703) 534-4907

Winter’s Muse

Fairfax Choral Society Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music interwoven with short, winter proverbs and witty observations performed by our very own West & South Campus youth choristers.

When: Sat Dec 13 2014 (5:00 PM) Where: First Baptist Church of Herndon, 681 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170 Fee? yes At the door: $25 adults; $10 Students (children 4 & under free) – lower prices in advance via the website Contact: Christi Esterly Schwarten, (703) 642-3277 For more information: click here

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WABA’s Future of Family Biking Forum

Washington Area Bicyclist Association WABA needs your heklp with including family biking priorities in our events, advocacy and education. So please join us on December 14, 2014 for our Family Biking Town Hall meeting. Using input activities and a facilitated discussion we’ll gather information from families and those who work with youth in the Washington area. With the information you provide, we can set realistic goals, raise funds, hire staff, and implement family biking programming and priorities. This is a family-friendly event, all ages are welcome and childcare will be provided on-site.

When: Sun Dec 14 2014 (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM) Where: Mt. Pleasant Public Library, 3160 16th ST NW, Washington, DC 20010 Fee? no Contact: WABA, (202) 518-0524 For more information: click here

Monday, December 15, 2014

Carols & Cocktails

The Choral Arts Society of Washington Join the Choral Arts Young Patrons for the 5th Annual Carosl & Cocktails. This year we celebrate the music and culture of Argentina with Fuego y Hielo — Fire and Ice. Tickets include a ticket to the Choral Arts’ Holiday Concert, A Capital Christmas, at the Kennedy Center, and admission to our exclusive after-party featuring hors d’oeuvres, beer and Argentine wine at the City Tavern Club.

When: Mon Dec 15 2014 (7:00 PM – 11:00 PM) Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F ST NW, Washington, DC 20566 Fee? yes Tickets: $99 Contact: The Choral Arts Society of Washington, (202) 244-4244

The Theatre Lab’s 2014 Honors Conservatory Final Showcase

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts The Theatre Lab’s 2014 Honors Conservatory concludes with their Final Showcase on December 15 at 7:30 pm. The evening will feature a collection of the students favorite monologues and scenes they have performed this year. Admission is free. Come help them celebrate a year of hard work and great achievement.

When: Mon Dec 15 2014 (7:30 PM) Where: The Theatre Lab, 733 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 Fee? no Contact: The Theatre Lab, (202) 824-0449

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Red Tag Sale!

DC Bilingual Public Charter School On December 18th, DCB Parents will be hosting a Red Tag Sale at our 1420 Columbia Road location from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Stop by to snag some great deals on holiday gifts! All proceeds will benefit the Global LEADers program and the 5th grade excursion to Puerto Rico.

When: Thu Dec 18 2014 (4:00 PM – 7:00 PM) Where: DC Bilingual, 1420 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009 Fee? no Contact: Alice Sadler, (202) 332-4200 ext 1090

#WhatsUpWednesday 12.10.2014

Catalogue nonprofits are getting into the holiday spirit this week!! From decorating Christmas trees, to spreading important messages through poetry and joy through holiday meals, check out how our charities are sharing compassion and support in our local communities.

CityDance Ensemble

This week CityDance had their first DREAM rehearsal for a Washington Wizards halftime performance! ‪

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

Juan, Free Minds Poet Ambassador, spread the word of change at an “On the Same Page event!

Joseph’s House

Joseph’s House picked out and brought home a big, beautiful Christmas tree. Decorating will commence soon!

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread always knows when they send families to Kiwanis Club of Fairfax that they will enjoy some holiday FEASTS! Club members recently shopped for Thanksgiving meals for the 2 Fairfax area families they are sponsoring, and are looking forward to helping the same families for December Holiday meals. Still time to register to sponsor Fairfax County area families for meals and gifts!

Legal Counsel for the Elderly

This week, Legal Counsel for the Elderly had a client who was awarded retroactive disability benefits amounting to $12,857, and $721 every month thereafter!

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services

This week, one of GSH’s newest clients just signed a lease!

Senior Services of Alexandria

On Monday, December 8th Beyer Subaru joined with Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) to deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors in Alexandria. Until January 2nd, Subaru has partnered with four national charities, including Meals on Wheels Association of America, and SSA as a local charity partner — all part of their 7th Annual Share the Love campaign to benefit local communities and donating a total of $50 million by the end of this year.

To learn more about how you can donate, volunteer, or connect with each of these charities, click on their names above!

Give Like a Local on #GivingTuesday

When people look for advice on a restaurant or want to know what a neighborhood is like, a trusted friend or local resource is usually the first place to turn. This year, the Catalogue is applying this thinking to the nonprofit sector, and on #GivingTuesday (Tuesday, December 2nd), we aim to be the go-to local resource for community-minded donors, with dozens of our local charities promoting #GivingTuesday campaigns on the Catalogue website.

In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the giving community comes together for #GivingTuesday, a 24-hour global day of giving to kick off the giving season.

Some of the region’s best small charities will be promoting their #GivingTuesday fundraising campaigns on the Catalogue website. Charities will be competing for $10,000 in prizes — sponsored by the Lainoff Family Foundation — across a number of categories. Donors can easily search for their favorite charities by name, or area of interest, such as nature, arts, education, or human services.

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