Creating the Catalogue: Part 1

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!

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!

#WhatsUpWednesday 06.17.15

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.

2Seeds Network


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!

#WhatsUpWednesday 06.10.15

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!videoimage 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!).

Crossroads Community Food Network
The Crossroads Community Food Network is serving up Swiss Chard Wraps at the Crossroads Farmers Market’s weekly nutrition education lesson, in partnership with University of Maryland Extension! Want the recipe? Get it here: Come visit the market each Wednesday from 11-3 in Takoma Park for healthy produce, tasty lunch offerings, great music, activities for kids, nutrition education and more!

2Seeds Network
Mama Tatu from the Bombo Majimoto Project proudly showed Anderson from the Masoko Project the group’s greenhouse and newly planted garlic!

#WhatsUpWednesday 06.03.15

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!


Click for a video of this week’s activities!

Girls on the Run – DC
Girls on the Run – DC is honored to be participating in Do More 24 this week,a 24-hour online giving campaign to encourage the community to give where you live to inspire change in the region. We have a goal of $5,000 to provide program scholarships to girls in need so that they can learn to be joyful, healthy, and confident and become the best version of themselves! You can help by making a gift online at or by attending one of our events:

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!

On Saturday, DC SCORES culminated an action-packed spring season with the 20th Jamboree at Anacostia Park!

DC SCORES is also participating in Do More 24 tomorrow, June 4th. Give the gift of a soccer uniform with a $24 donation!

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!

Around Town 5/29/2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pony Rides & Open House

Simple Changes
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

Monday, June 08, 2015

showTunes & Cocktails

Theatre Washington
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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stewards of Children Training

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!


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.

Congratulations are also in order for two finalists, Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and Calvary Women’s Services, which also happen to be members of the Catalogue for Philanthropy!

#WhatsUpWednesday 05.20.15

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.

Around Town 5/15-5/21

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!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Get a taste of improv!

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

Fifth Annual Dramathon

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

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Kids to Parks Day

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:

When: Sat May 16 2015 (00:00 AM)
Where: Nationwide
Fee? no
Contact: William Schrack, (301) 279-7275 ext 17

JPMF Annual Family Fun Day

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

Vive La France! — Children’s Chorus of Washington’s Spring Concert

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

Annual Gala, ” A Night of Magic” Volunteer Opportunity

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

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Red Shoe 5K Run and WalkVolunteer Opportunity

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Celebration of Service 2015Volunteer Opportunity

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

When: Tue May 19 2015 (6:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: The Terrace at Jones Day Law Firm, 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
Fee? yes $150 per person ($75 public interest)
Contact:, (202) 638-4798
For more information: click here

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Incorporating Sustainability into Your Everyday Life ~ at Work and Home

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

When: Wed May 20 2015 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
Where: Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, 3308 S Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22206
Fee? no
Contact: Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, (703) 228-6427
For more information: click here

#WhatsUpWednesday 05.13.15

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.

Crossroads Community Food Network
Crossroads Community Food Network is busy planning their upcoming Crossroads’ Inaugural Night Market – the menu is coming together with tamales, pupusas, chicken satay, locally-made chocolates and a variety of drinks, and they’ve got a lineup of great local musicians!

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!

Around Town 5/8-5/14

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!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Trash Cleanup – Beach Dr and Cedar Ln

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2015 Homestretch Benefit Breakfast

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:, (703) 237-2035 ext 125

Home Runs for Horton’s Kids

Horton’s Kids
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

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

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Paddle Night on the Anacostia River

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