Catalogue Class of 2017-18


As we celebrate our 16th year, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is proud to announce the Class of 2018-19. Each of these nonprofits has been chosen, from 200+ applications, as "one of the best" local nonprofits in the region.

The charities listed below have successfully passed a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field. Let them know that you are proud of their achievements: congratulate them with a “shout out” on social media or send them an email.

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Note: An asterisk (*) indicates a "growth" organization -- a previously featured nonprofit whose budget now exceeds our $3 million limit.
  1. * A-SPAN (2021) (Arlington, VA)

  2. Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School (2019) (Washington, DC)

  3. * ACCA, Inc. (Annandale Christian Community for Action) (2021) (Annandale, VA)

  4. Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (2021) (Silver Spring, MD)

  5. Alice Ferguson Foundation (2018) (Accokeek, MD)
    Connecting people to nature through education, stewardship, and advocacy.

  6. Alice Ferguson Foundation (2022) (Accokeek, MD)

  7. American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (2019) (Annandale, VA)

  8. * Annandale Christian Community for Action (2017) (Annandale, VA)
    Child care and emergency assistance to our vulnerable neighbors.

  9. * AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation (Washington, DC)

  10. * Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (2018) (Arlington, VA)
    Providing housing and supporting resident services to lower-income neighbors.

  11. * Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (2022) (Arlington, VA)

  12. * Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    Aims to end homelessness through supportive services and housing.

  13. Arlington Thrive (2019) (Arlington, VA)

  14. * The Art League (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
    Semi-professional, regional visual arts education for youth, adults, and the community.

  15. The Art League (2022) (Fairfax, VA)

  16. Art Works Studio School (2019) (Hyattsville, MD)

  17. Artivate (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Arts education outreach bringing artists to people where they are.

  18. ASHA for Women (2017) (Rockville, MD)
    Empowering South Asian women to lead abuse-free lives.

  19. Asian American LEAD (2017) (Washington, DC)
    After-school & summer mentoring programs targeting low-income Asian American youth.

  20. Asian American LEAD (2022) (Washington, DC, DC)

  21. Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Serves Asian/Pacific Islander survivors of gender-based violence.

  22. Aspire! Afterschool Learning (2020) (Arlington, VA)

  23. * Audubon Naturalist Society (2020) (Chevy Chase, MD)

  24. * Ayuda (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Legal, social, and interpretation services for low-income immigrants.

  25. * Ayuda (2022) (Washington, DC)

  26. Best Buddies International (2022) (Tysons, VA)

  27. BEST Kids, Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

  28. Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (2017) (Bethesda, MD)
    Provides, at no cost, life-saving technology to communities served.

  29. Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (2022) (Washington, DC)

  30. Bowen McCauley Dance Company (2019) (Arlington, VA)

  31. The Brain Foundation (2020) (Springfield, VA)

  32. Brainy Camps Association (2019) (Washington, DC)

  33. Break the Cycle (2019) (Washington, DC)

  34. * Bright Beginnings (Washington, DC)

  35. C&O Canal Trust (2021) (Williamsport, MD)

  36. Capital Area Asset Builders (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Helps low- and moderate-income individuals and families to build wealth.

  37. * Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Defending immigrants' rights through legal services, education and advocacy.

  38. * Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (2022) (Washington, DC)

  39. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Building community through the arts.

  40. CaringMatters, Inc. (2021) (Gaithersburg, MD)

  41. Carpenter's Shelter (2021) (Alexandria, VA)

  42. Casa Chirilagua (2021) (Alexandria, VA)

  43. * Center for Adoption Support and Education (2020) (Burtonsville, MD)

  44. Children's Chorus of Washington (2019) (Washington, DC)

  45. The Choral Arts Society of Washington (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Professional-caliber volunteer chorus performing masterpieces and new works.

  46. City Kids Wilderness Project (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Academic and life success through empowerment and outdoor adventure.

  47. City Kids Wilderness Project (2022) (Washington, DC)

  48. CityDance (2019) (Washington, DC)

  49. College Bound (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Mentorship and college access program for Washington-area students.

  50. College Bound (2019) (Washington, DC)

  51. CollegeTracks (2022) (Silver Spring, MD)

  52. Community Family Life Services (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Support services for homeless and low income families and individuals.

  53. Community Legal Services of Prince George's County (2019) (Greenbelt, MD)

  54. Community Lodgings (2020) (Alexandria, VA)

  55. Community Ministries of Rockville (2018) (Rockville, MD)
    Providing health and human services for Montgomery County's most vulnerable residents.

  56. * Community of Hope (2020) (Washington, DC)

  57. CREATE Arts Center (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Inspiring creativity to advance personal development and well-being.

  58. CREATE Arts Center (2017) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Inspires creativity to advance personal development and well-being.

  59. DC Hunger Solutions (2022) (Washington, DC)

  60. The Dance Institute of Washington, Inc. (2019) (Washington, DC)

  61. * DC Bilingual Public Charter School (2018) (WASHINGTON, DC)
    Charter school ensuring high academic achievement in dual-language setting.

  62. DC Creative Writing Workshop (2017) (Washington, DC)
    In-class and after-school creative writing program for at-risk schoolchildren.

  63. * DC Greens (2022) (Washington, DC)

  64. * DC SAFE (2022) (Washington, DC)

  65. DC Special Education Cooperative (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Preparing students with disabilities for post-secondary success.

  66. DC Special Education Cooperative (2022) (Washington, DC)

  67. District of Columbia Students Construction Trades Foundation (2019) (Washington, DC)

  68. Do The Write Thing Foundation of DC (2022) (Washington, DC)

  69. Docs In Progress (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Changing lives through documentary film.

  70. Docs In Progress (2022) (Silver Spring, MD)

  71. * Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School (Tacoma Park, Ma)

  72. * Doorways (2021) (Arlington, VA)

  73. * Doorways for Women and Families (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    Creating pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault.

  74. The Downtown Cluster's Geriatric Day Care Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Day center offering frail, at-risk seniors therapeutic and supportive services.

  75. The Dwelling Place (2018) (Germantown, MD)
    Housing services for formerly homeless families.

  76. The Dwelling Place (2017) (Gaithersburg, MD)
    Housing and support services for homeless families with children.

  77. The Dwelling Place (2020) (Montgomery Village, MD)

  78. Earth Sangha (2021) (Annandale, VA)

  79. Educational Theatre Company (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    Student-created and process-driven theatre education for ages 3-103.

  80. The Ellington Fund (2019) (Washington, DC)

  81. Emerging Scholars (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    14-month academic/leadership enrichment for underrepresented students.

  82. Emerging Scholars Program (2021) (Arlington, VA)

  83. Encore Stage & Studio (2018) (Arlington, VA)
    Theatre by kids, for kids.

  84. Everybody Wins DC (2022) (Washington, DC)

  85. Everybody Wins! DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Promoting children's literacy through shared reading experiences with a mentor.

  86. * FACETS Cares (2020) (Fairfax, VA)

  87. Fairfax Library Foundation (2020) (Fairfax, VA)

  88. Falls Church-McLean Children's Center (2018) (Falls Church, VA)
    Early childhood education program serving low-income, working families.

  89. Falls Church-McLean Children's Center (2022) (Falls Church, VA)

  90. Falls Church-McLean Children's Center (2017) (Falls Church, VA)
    Building essential skills to help young children become kindergarten-ready.

  91. Family & Youth Initiative (2019) (Washington, DC)

  92. The Family Place, Inc (2021) (Washington, DC)

  93. Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) (2019) (Washington, DC)

  94. First Generation College Bound (2018) (Laurel, MD)
    College access services to low income underrepresented youth.

  95. First Generation College Bound (2017) (Laurel, MD)
    Increases college matriculation rates for least advantaged youth.

  96. First Generation College Bound (2019) (Laurel, MD)

  97. Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Athletic and educational programming for young people in DC.

  98. Friends of Guest House (2019) (Alexandria, VA)

  99. * Friendship Place (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Empowers people to leave homelessness and rebuild their lives.

  100. * Friendship Place (2021) (Washington, DC)

  101. Fund for Investigative Journalism (2022) (Washington, DC)

  102. Gandhi Brigade Youth Media (2019) (Silver Spring, MD)

  103. Georgetown Ministry Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    A service-rich day center for chronically homeless individuals.

  104. Georgetown Ministry Center (2021) (Washington, DC)

  105. Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, MD (2020) (Rockville, MD)

  106. Global Kids, Inc (2021) (Washington, DC)

  107. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services (2018) (Alexandria, VA)
    Affordable housing provider for low-income working families

  108. Great and Small (2021) (Boyds, MD)

  109. * The Heart of America Foundation (2018) (Landover, MD)
    Transforming spaces into modern learning environments.

  110. * Hillside Work - Scholarship Connection (2017) (Greenbelt, MD)
    Increases high school graduation rates and teaches skills for employment.

  111. HomeAid Northern Virginia (2020) (Chantilly, VA)

  112. Hope and a Home (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Empowering homeless/low-income families to create stable homes.

  113. Hope and a Home (2019) (Washington, DC)

  114. Hope Connections for Cancer Support (2022) (Bethesda, MD)

  115. Hope for Henry (2021) (Washington, DC)

  116. Horizons Greater Washington (2020) (Washington, DC)

  117. The House Student Leadership Center (2018) (Woodbridge, VA)
    Out-of-school time initiatives for pre-teens and teens.

  118. The House, Inc. (2022) (Woodbridge, VA)

  119. The House, Student Leadership Center (2017) (Woodbridge, VA)
    Out-of-school time youth development and mentoring initiatives.

  120. Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. (2021) (Hyattsville, MD)

  121. * Housing Up (2020) (Washington , DC)

  122. The Human Trafficking Legal Center (2021) (Washington, DC)

  123. The In Series (2017) (Washington, DC)
    DC's home for innovative opera, intimate cabaret, and Latino programming.

  124. Insight Memory Care Center (2022) (Fairfax, VA)

  125. * Iona Senior Services (2020) (Washington, DC)

  126. Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (2018) (Rockville, MD)
    Providing support, education, and prevention to end domestic/dating abuse.

  127. * Joy of Motion Dance Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Dance education, performance, and engagement opportunities for a diverse community.

  128. * Jubilee Housing (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Providing affordable housing and programming to residents of Ward 1.

  129. * Jubilee Housing (2022) (Washington, DC)

  130. Jubilee Jobs (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Free job placement for individuals seeking marketplace jobs.

  131. Just Neighbors Ministry (2021) (Annandale, VA)

  132. KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) (2018) (Bethesda, MD)
    Free, one-to-one exercise programs for young people with disabilities.

  133. Kids R First (2021) (Reston, VA)

  134. * Latino Economic Development Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Drives economic advancement of low- to moderate income underserved communities.

  135. The Latino Student Fund (2019) (Washington, DC)

  136. * Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (2018) (Washington, DC)
    General civil legal services for DC residents living in poverty.

  137. * Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (2022) (Washington, DC)

  138. * Legal Counsel for the Elderly (2021) (Washington, DC)

  139. Liberty's Promise (2020) (Alexandria, VA)

  140. Liberty's Promise (2021) (Alexandria, VA)

  141. Life Asset (2021) (Washington, DC)

  142. * The Literacy Lab (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Literacy interventions to close the achievement gap.

  143. * The Literacy Lab (2021) (Washington, DC)

  144. Little Friends For Peace (2022) (Accokeek, MD)

  145. Lorton Community Action Center (2019) (Lorton, VA)

  146. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (2022) (Arlington, VA)

  147. Lydia's House in Southeast (2017) (Washington, DC)
    HUD-approved housing counseling agency and youth mentoring programs.

  148. Main Street Child Development Center (2020) (Fairfax, VA)

  149. * Manna Food Center (2022) (Silver Spring, MD)

  150. Mary House (2021) (Washington, DC)

  151. McLean Project for the Arts (2018) (McLean, VA)
    Exhibiting, educating and inspiring residents through contemporary art.

  152. McLean Project for the Arts (2019) (McLean, VA)

  153. Mentors, Inc (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Youth mentoring for career/STEM exploration leading to 21st century employment opportunities.

  154. The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (2021) (Rockville, MD)

  155. Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (2017) (Rockville, MD)
    Transforms individuals and communities through the visual arts.

  156. Mi Casa, Inc. (2022) (Washington, DC)

  157. * Miriam's Kitchen (2020) (Washington, DC)

  158. * Mobile Medical Care (2018) (Bethesda, MD)
    Primary healthcare for over 4,000 low-income individuals annually.

  159. * MobileMed (2022) (Bethesda, MD)

  160. * Monument Academy (2021) (Washington, DC)

  161. Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP) (2020) (Washington, DC)

  162. National Philharmonic (2021) (North Bethesda, MD)

  163. National Philharmonic (2017) (North Bethesda, MD)
    Resident professional orchestra, chorale and music education institute at Strathmore.

  164. The News Literacy Project (2019) (Washington, DC)

  165. Nick's Place (2018) (Millsboro, DE)
    Recovery home and life management programs for young men.

  166. Nick's Place (2022) (Beltsville, MD)

  167. * NLSP (2022) (Washington, DC)

  168. Northern Virginia Science Center Foundation DBA Children's Science Center (2021) (Fairfax, VA)

  169. Nueva Vida (2017) (Alexandria, VA)
    Services throughout the cancer continuum for underserved Latinas.

  170. OAR of Fairfax County (2017) (Fairfax, VA)
    Assists those involved with the criminal justice system.

  171. One Common Unity (2022) (Washington, DC)

  172. Open Arms Housing (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Helping formerly homeless women obtain and maintain permanent housing.

  173. Open Arms Housing (2022) (Washington, DC)

  174. Our Military Kids (2019) (McLean, VA)

  175. Out Teach (2021) (Washington, DC)

  176. Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Programs and services for people facing Parkinson's.

  177. Per Scholas National Capital Region (NCR) (2020) (Silver Spring, MD)

  178. Perry School Community Services Center (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Remedying conditions of chronic poverty through education and employment.

  179. Phoenix Bikes (2017) (Arlington, VA)
    Teaches underserved teens bicycle repair through a community bike shop.

  180. Playworks Mid-Atlantic (2020) (Washington, D)

  181. Potomac Community Resources, Inc. (2021) (Rockville, MD)

  182. Project Create (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Creative youth development for children experiencing homelessness and poverty.

  183. Project Create (2021) (Washington, DC)

  184. Protect Our Defenders (2022) (Alexandria, VA)

  185. Public Allies Washington, DC (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Leadership and professional development that connects young adults to careers.

  186. Reading Partners (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Tutoring program for low-income elementary students.

  187. Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (2020) (GAITHERSBURG, MD)

  188. Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (2021) (Gaithersburg, MD)

  189. RESET (2021) (Washington, DC)

  190. Resources to Inspire Students and Educators (RISE) (2018) (WASHINGTON, DC)
    Helps underserved, low-income DC youth achieve academic and career success

  191. Resources to Inspire Students and Educators (2022) (Washington, DC)

  192. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (2019) (Washington, DC)

  193. * Safe Shores - The DC Children's Advocacy Center (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Provides services to child victims of abuse in Washington, DC.

  194. * Samaritan Inns (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Provides housing, treatment, and recovery services to homeless/at-risk individuals.

  195. Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (2022) (Washington, DC)

  196. San Miguel School (2020) (Washington, DC)

  197. * Seabury Resources for Aging (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Providing services and housing options for vulnerable older adults.

  198. * Seabury Resources for Aging (2022) (Washington, DC)

  199. * Seabury Resources for Aging (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Social and housing supports to low-income elderly.

  200. * Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Meaningful cultural programs in an inspired community setting.

  201. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (2019) (Washington, DC)

  202. Special Olympics District of Columbia (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Sports programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

  203. Special Olympics District of Columbia Inc (2022) (Washington, DC)

  204. Spend Yourself Food Pantry, Columbia Baptist Church (2019) (Falls Church, VA)

  205. Split This Rock (2021) (Washington, DC)

  206. Stepping Stones Shelter Inc. (2022) (Rockville, MD)

  207. Story Tapestries (2022) (Poolesville, MD)

  208. Street Sense Media (2020) (Washington, DC)

  209. Stroke Comeback Center (2018) (Vienna, VA)
    Support programs for stroke and brain-trauma survivors.

  210. Stroke Comeback Center (2019) (Vienna, VA)

  211. Synetic Theater (2018) (Arlington, VA)
    Movement-focused theater offering performances, education, and free community programs.

  212. Synetic Theater (2019) (Arlington, VA)

  213. * Tahirih Justice Center (2018) (Falls Church, VA)
    Protecting immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.

  214. Teens Run DC (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Youth mentoring and distance running program for underserved DC youth.

  215. Teens Run DC (2019) (Washington, DC)

  216. ThanksUSA (2019) (McLean, VA)

  217. * United States Capitol Historical Society (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Enhancing and perpetuating the history and heritage of the US Capitol.

  218. * Urban Alliance (2020) (Washington, DC)

  219. Voices for a Second Chance (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Serving justice-involved citizens pre- and post-release.

  220. Washington English Center (2021) (Washington, DC)

  221. Washington Improv Theater (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Longform improvisational theater company offering classes and performances.

  222. Washington Improv Theater (2022) (, )

  223. * Washington Jesuit Academy (2020) (Washington, DC)

  224. The Washington Literacy Center (2018) (Washington, DC)
    Literacy and workforce training for adults.

  225. Washington Literacy Center (2022) (Washington, DC)

  226. Washington Revels (2018) (Silver Spring, MD)
    Creating community and celebrating cultural traditions through music, dance and drama.

  227. * Wendt Center for Loss and Healing (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Mental health services for victims of trauma, grief and loss.

  228. * Wendt Center for Loss and Healing (2021) (Washington, DC)

  229. Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (2017) (Chantilly, VA)
    Western Fairfax's go-to referral for emergency needs assistance.

  230. * A Wider Circle (2020) (Kensington, MD)

  231. The Women's Center (2019) (Vienna, VA)

  232. The Writer's Center (2019) (Bethesda, MD)

  233. Yellow Ribbon Fund (2021) (Bethesda, MD)

  234. Young Artists of America (2021) (North Bethesda, MD)

  235. Young Ladies of Tomorrow (2019) (Washington, DC)

  236. Young Women's Project (2017) (Washington, DC)
    Builds the leadership and power of DC young people.

  237. Youth Leadership Foundation (2021) (Washington, DC)

  238. YouthBuild Public Charter School (2020) (Washington, DC)

Total: 238