Summer is officially here: School is out, the beach is “in”, but while many in Greater Washington begin to wind down for the season, the Catalogue team is just getting started with production of our 2015-2016 guide to giving!
After thoroughly vetting more 200 charity applicants in areas of financials, programs, and impact, last month we proudly announced our list of charities to be included in the upcoming Catalogue. So what happens until the November 1 release of the 2015-2016 Catalogue for Philanthropy? Read on to find out!
Last year’s Catalogue: Hot off the press!
We begin by working with each of our charities to collect the very best photos they have of their programs or volunteers in action, or…anything that represents what they do. Fun fact: Nearly all of the beautiful photos in our Catalogue come from our charities (which is one of the many reasons we think the Catalogue is so special)!
While collecting photos, we also begin turning each charity’s 3000-word application into a compelling 170-word story that will represent that charity in the Catalogue. We convey, in a human voice, the need that a charity meets, the programs that are at the core of what they do, and the impact they have on the community. Most small nonprofits don’t have the communications staff to do this work for them, so telling their stories, in words and images, is what we do! After many round of proofing, we’re off to the printer, and then mailing center, where the Catalogue is mailed to more than 25,000 households across Greater Washington.
Of course, as we put together the Catalogue, we always want to ensure that we incorporate the feedback of our supporters in the community. Do you have 5 minutes to spare, and a desire to help make this next Catalogue our best one yet? Help us understand how you use the Catalogue and how we can improve our work in the future by filling out our user survey! Your feedback will influence the ways in which we make the Catalogue an even more valuable resource for donors and charities in Greater Washington.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of “Creating the Catalogue”, when we introduce you to the people who work hard to bring the Catalogue to life: our staff!
At the Catalogue, we LOVE hearing stories of inspiration and collaboration, and this week’s #whatsupwednesday gives us a glimpse into two organizations doing just that: DC SCORES and 2Seeds Network. Have a story of your own to share? Send it to us so we can feature you on our blog! In the meantime, read on to see what these great organizations were up to this week:
This week, DC SCORES student Nohemy (left) was on a panel about girls in sports with Washington Spirit star Crystal Dunn! Want to keep up with DC SCORES on social media? Follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
Today, 2Seeds Network’s US-based staff met with the team from 2 Seconds or Less (an organization dedicated to ending childhood malnutrition) to share ideas, lessons learned, and dreams of ways to make their organizations stronger and more effective. Want to keep up with 2Seeds Network on social media? Follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
Be sure to check out each of these organization’s nonprofit pages in the links above to find out how you can support them!
In this week’s edition of #WhatsUpWednesday, we have volunteer opportunities to uplift young girls, a recipe that is both delicious and nutritious, and snapshots of our nonprofits in action: celebrating the joy of reading in schools, ensuring the safety and health of those living on the street, and showing off agricultural achievements!Girls on the Run – DC Girls on the Run – DC relies on amazing volunteer coaches to help our teams of 8-15 girls recognize their inner strength! Apply today to be a GOTR-DC Fall 2015 coach!
Georgetown Ministry Center Gunther and Dr. Crosland from Unity Health Care Inc. were doing street outreach and bringing healthcare to people who live on the street. Whether it’s 10 degrees or 100 degrees, they are out there making sure people are okay!
Reading Partners DC Reading Partners celebrated reading and the end of the school year, and took a great picture from Wheatley Education Campus (see that photo in the video above!).
Ever curious about what Catalogue nonprofits are doing each week? “What’s Up Wednesday” gives you peek into the inspiring work of some of the hardest-working organizations in Greater Washington. Click the image below to check out our video, and read on to learn more about the organizations it features!
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing This weekend, volunteers from Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ volunteered at our Arna Valley View Apartments, helping with projects such as gardening, litter clean up of a nearby park, and backpack assembly for our school supply drive. We also honored long-time affordable housing advocate Charlie Rinker with a tree dedication ceremony. Photo credit in this week’s slideshow: Michael Salamone.
APAH is also particpating in Do More 24 tomorrow, June 4th. Please visit their campaign page here to donate!
Washington Parks & People This has been a big week for Washington Parks & People, as they lay the groundwork (literally) for their new South Garden at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. On Monday, staff and DC Green Corps trainees braved the heat and humidity to lay down 15 cubic yards of topsoil. (That’s a lot of dirt!) The following day, they installed a carpet of rich sod, which will be so much nicer than the sweltering parking lot that preceded it!
Spring is officially here and we’re celebrating with our Spring Open House and Pony Rides! Join us at our Lorton location for face painting, raffles, horse painting, pony rides, and more. Share with all your friends and we’ll see you there!
When: Sun May 31 2015 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM) Where: 10406 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA 22079 Fee? no Contact:Simple Changes, (703) 402-3613 For more information:click here
June is Busting Out All Over! Sing in the summer with maestro Glenn Pearson and special guest Evan Casey – opening June 19 in Adventure Stage-MTC’s production of Garfield, the Musical with Catitude. While raising your voice in song, enjoy signature cocktails and a happy hour menu from your friends at the Beacon Bar & Grill. And don’t miss the chance to win tickets to some of the summer’s hottest shows!
When: Mon Jun 8 2015 (7:00 PM) Where: Beacon Bar & Grill, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (In the Beacon Hotel), Washington, DC 20036 Fee? no Contact:Theatre Washington, (202) 337-4572 For more information:click here
Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center
Participate in Stewards of Children and gain information necessary to protect children and ensure they grow up healthy and safe in DC. Stewards of Children teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for individuals concerned about the?safety of children, including community members and professionals that work with youth. The training includes a discussion about critical issues in sexual abuse prevention and a video sharing the voices of survivors and experts in the field.
When: Wed Jun 17 2015 (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM) Where: Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, 429 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 Fee? no Contact:Erin McGuinness, (202) 645-3522
Congratulations to Sitar Arts Center, who was just named the recipient of The Washington Post 2015 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management!
This prestigious award is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, sponsored by The Washington Post, which recognizes top nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metro area that exemplify outstanding achievement and organizational management determined through a competitive application process and panel review.
Happy Wednesday from all of us at the Catalogue for Philanthropy! From Tanzania, to Virginia, to the District, our charities were busy making a difference in their communities. Read on to learn how (and click the picture below for our video)!
2Seeds Network In Tanzania, Bon Ifas and John, members of the Magoma Project “goat team”, play with their new goat friend. This dairy goat is just one piece of the Magoma Project’s integrated system, which will fund a school meals program for primary students in Magoma. They also have a garden, chickens, and a fish pond!
Senior Services of Alexandria This week two students, Kate Kaiman and Claire Embrey, from TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA began a three week “senior experience” at Senior Services of Alexandria. The seniors will be helping out with Meals on Wheels deliveries, stocking Senior Information Corners and working on the grocery delivery program. Welcome Kate and Claire!
Washington Parks & People This week, Washington Parks & People was busy tending the crops in eastern DC, and landscaping and cleaning the Marvin Gaye Greening Center with folks from the Boston Consulting Group. They were also thrilled to be present and support DC Water as they launch their Clean Rivers Project!
Catalogue for Philanthropy
The Catalogue for Philanthropy is getting ready to announce our new class of 2015-2016 Catalogue charities THIS WEEK, so stay tuned to see if some of your favorites made the list. In the meantime, this week Catalogue President and Editor Barbara Harman joined famed cellist Yo Yo Ma to celebrate the arts in our region.
CFP nonprofits have enough events this week to fill up your entire schedule! For the theater goers they bring you improv, play shorts, and a choral festival. For the nature goers they bring you a national kids park day, a family fun day, and a 5K! See what other great events they have planned for family and friends!
Washington Improv Theater Is Improv as fun as it looks? Yes it is! And Washington Improv Theater’s free Improv For All workshops are a great way to get a taste. We’re hosting workshops Friday, 5/15 at 7 PM and Saturday, 5/16 at noon. Washington Improv Theater is dedicated to sharing the ideas and spirit of improv with all of DC. WIT’s free introductory Improv For All workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Our enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure everyone is able to participate in a playful and trusting atmosphere.
When: Fri May 15 2015 (7:00 PM) Where: CentroNia youthCRU, 1420 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009 Fee? no Contact: Washington Improv Theater, (202) 204-7770 For more information:click here
The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts Once again, participants will join some of Washington’s top actors for premiere readings of original short plays by some of DC’s most esteemed playwrights, all to help us provide financial support to send kids to camp. All funds raised go toward our Send a Kid to Theatre Camp campaign, which, this year, will provide $83,000 in scholarships to help financially disadvantaged children and teens participate in our summer camps and institutes.
When: Fri May 15 2015 (10:30 PM) Where: Theater J, 1529 16 St NW, Washington DC 20036 Fee? yes $15 Contact: The Theatre Lab, (202) 999-3449 For more information:click here
National Park Trust Children, families, teachers, cities, towns, and parks are gearing up for this year’s Kids to Parks Day (KTP), a nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust (NPT) in cooperation with a host of local and national collaborators. This year’s KTP Day will be held on Saturday May 16, 2015, the week before the official start of summer. NPT is encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town. For information about events in your area visit us at: www.kidstoparks.org
When: Sat May 16 2015 (00:00 AM) Where: Nationwide Fee? no Contact: William Schrack, (301) 279-7275 ext 17
The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund Saturday looks like it will be a perfect day to break out that bathing suit! Be sure to come to Our Special Harbor for an Early Opening of the Sprayground! Bring your water shoes, a towel and your friends!
When: Sat May 16 2015 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM) Where: lee District Family ReCenter, 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22310 Fee? no Contact: Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund , (703) 549-4444 For more information:click here
Children’s Chorus of Washington Childrens Chorus of Washington (CCW) is pleased to announce its Spring Concert, Vive la France!, featuring CCW’s five award-winning choral ensembles and guest artist Lauren Cook, accordion. With Vive la France!, CCW continues its French-themed season in anticipation of its tour to France this summer. CCW’s performing ensembles, comprised of 160 choristers ages 9-18, will present a celebration of French music, language, and culture. Audience members will be treated to a wide range of choral styles from Edith Piaf’s beloved La Vie en Rose, to Cole Porter’s I Love Paris, along with the more contemporary Dirait-on from Morten Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses, and a selection of songs in French and English. Joan Gregoryk, Founder and Artistic Director said, “It has been a wonderful experience to research and discover all the glorious French choral music that has been written for children’s voices.” We are so looking forward to sharing these songs with audiences here, and on our tour to France this summer. This concert is suitable for ages 6 and up!
When: Sat May 16 2015 (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM) Where: National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005 Fee? yes $50 premium seating; $25 adults ($30 at the door); $10 children 12 and under ($12 at the door); $15 for CCW alumni Contact:Children’s Chorus of Washington, (202) 237-1005 For more information:click here
Community Ministries of Rockville Annual Gala to benefit Community Minsitries of Rockville. Co-chairs by County Executive Ike and First Lady Catherine Legget will be joined by Washington Post Columnist John Kelly who will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. A Silent Auction filled with over 250 items will begin the evening followed by dinner, music and a live auction.
When: Sat May 16 2015 (6:00 PM – 11:00 PM) Where: Lakewood Country Club, 13901 Glen Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20850 Fee? yes $100 Adults; $25 Silent Auction Only Volunteer Info: Volunteers will help with set up, registration, management of the auctions, and check out. Contact: Lynn Arndt, (3301) 637-0705 For more information:click here
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC A fundraiser for the families we serve, runners and walkers are welcome. There will be prizes, including for our small fry fun run. A family-friendly event, there will also be kids games, face painting and other activities. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome.
When: Sun May 17 2015 (07:30 AM – 12:00 NOON) Where: 2303 Dulles Station Boulevard, above, Herndon, VA 20171 Fee? yes $35 until May 15, then $40, $25 small fry, strollers free Volunteer Info: Assist with set up and breakdown, registration and activities Contact: Kristen Claus, (202) 529-8204 For more information:click here
DC Law Students In Court Program Enjoy cocktails, light fare, and live jazz with DC Law Students in Court, as we salute the D.C. legal community and its commitment to probono service and equal justice for all. This year we will honor Roderic V.O. Boggs, Executive Director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. With Capitol views from the terrace of Jones Day Law Firm. To register and donate, visit dclawstudents.org.
Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment Join us to learn practical ways to incorporate sustainable practices in your everyday life, at home and at work. The program will provide an introduction to the concept of a circular economy, which moves away from the current linear processes (taking resources, using them once, and then tossing them into landfill) to a more efficient, clean, and profitable economy that designs waste out of the system You will learn: A framework to help you assess the environmental impacts and solutions for your home, church, school, or business, Guidelines for sustainable practices for energy, water, materials, waste, and toxic control, Guidelines for sustainable buying with featuring examples of innovative sustainable products and services to get you started
We are so grateful for another week of our wonderful nonprofit community at work! From bringing families together to bond over books, to installing gardens in the most unlikely of urban spaces, read on the learn more!
The Reading Connection Today is The Reading Connection’s quarterly Reading Families Workshop with the families of Healthy Families Arlington. The theme was Mother’s Day, the book read was “Are You My Mother?”
2Seeds Network 2Seeds had a graduation ceremony for their Partners after they completed all units of the Business Curriculum! Included in the photo are Lutindi Project, 2Seeds Network Partners.
Girls on the Run – DC WOW – what an amazing spring 5K at Girls on the Run – DC! The girls accomplished goals and celebrated a season of learning life lessons they can use now and into adulthood. Girls on the Run – DC is proud to have changed 10,000 girls’ lives through the program this spring.
Washington Parks & People This week at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, Washington Parks & People took out a portion of their parking lot and are installing a new garden!
This week CFP’s nonprofits offer park clean ups around Rock Creek, an engaging River paddle-boat experience, benefit breakfast, and an all-inclusive outdoor event at Nationals Stadium! These nonprofits bring so much to our community; let’s go out and meet them!
Rock Creek Conservancy (formerly Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment)
Join Rock Creek Conservancy for our 7th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup. Volunteers will clean-up the lands, banks, tributaries, and waters of Rock Creek throughout Maryland and D.C. Our goal is total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates. We work closely with the National Park Service and Montgomery County Parks.
When: Sun May 10 2015 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) Where: 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814 Fee? no Contact: Charlotte Brewer, (301) 656-0467 For more information:click here
Please join us on May 13 for our annual Benefit Breakfast. Learn how Homestretch has been impacting the lives of homeless families for 25 years. A hot breakfast will be served. There is no cost to attend the event however a donation to support services for Homestretch families is encouraged.
When: Wed May 13 2015 (08:00 AM – 09:00 AM) Where: Fairview Park Mariott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Va 22042 Fee? no Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (703) 237-2035 ext 125
Join Horton’s Kids for our 7th Annual Home Runs for Horton’s Kids! This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, May 13th at Nationals Park. The event includes: Buffet, open bar, and complimentary valet parking. Batting practice in indoor cages with Nationals staff. Face painting, kid-friendly carnival games, and Microsoft Kinect for Xbox One kiosk. Each adult guest with event admission may bring up to 3 children, 14-years-old and under, for free! In 2014, more than 110 corporations sponsored the event, which also attracted support from a bi-partisan Honorary Host Committee and Congressional staff. For additional information, including corporate sponsorships, please visit hortonskids.org/homeruns.
When: Wed May 13 2015 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) Where: Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 Fee? yes $250 per individual ticket; children join their parents at no additional cost Contact: Kristin Frontiera, (202) 544-5033 ext 10 For more information:click here
Anacostia Watershed Society
Come discover your Anacostia by joining AWS in the FREE Paddle Nights on the Anacostia Program this summer! AWS provides the canoes, life jackets, paddles and safety lesson: everything you’ll need to have a great paddling experience. The events are first-come first-served, so come early for a better chance of getting out on the water.
When: Thu May 14 2015 (5:00 PM – 7:30 PM) Where: Kenilworth Park 4000 Deane St NE, Washington DC 20019 Fee? no Contact: Anacostia Watershed Society, (301) 699-6204 For more information:click here