Public Allies was founded on the fundamental belief that the energy and idealism of young people could be harnessed to produce a powerful force, a force that could transform communities. Today, the AmeriCorps Ally Program competitively recruits a group of aspiring leaders (six candidates apply for every available slot) for a 10-month training program: four days per week are spent in full-time paid apprenticeships at community-based nonprofits and the fifth day is dedicated to a rigorous leadership development curriculum. The ultimate goal? Train and support new leaders for our community, while expanding the capacity of our cityís education and human services organizations. Diversifying DCís leadership population is also key: 90% of current Allies are people of color, 20% identify as LGBTQ, and many grew up in the same low-income neighborhoods that partner nonprofits serve. Since 1992, 200 have graduated from the program and a robust local alumni network enables idea - and advice-sharing across sectors. Your support has double the impact: it provides much-needed people power for local nonprofits and nurtures tomorrow's leaders.

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Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Public Allies Washington, DC is: $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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