Going to college, finding a job, starting a business – all are tremendous steps towards a prosperous future. But for those living in “asset poverty,” without credit history or even a savings account, those steps seem daunting, if not impossible. But Capital Area Asset Builders knows that, through education and planning, the impossible can be possible. Since 1997, CAAB has worked with low-income high schoolers aiming for college, single mothers planning to buy their first homes, and young adults hoping to rebuild their credit. Classes and one-on-one coaching cover the basics: money management, investing, credit score, financial rights, and the importance of saving. Through CAAB-supported savings accounts, clients can save $1000 towards their goals and CAAB will match it. CAAB also manages the citywide DC Earned Income Tax Campaign, which provides free tax preparation and ensures that low- and moderate-income residents (5,129 households this year) can access the benefits to which they are entitled. In a vital community everyone has incentives and opportunities to save for the future. Won't you invest too?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

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

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

Schools They Work In: Maya Angelou Public Charter School, DC Public Library System

Awards & Recognition

CAAB was selected as the local partner for the MoneyWise Financial Empowerment Tour, both for 2011 and 2012.


Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Capital Area Asset Builders is: $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 $34 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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