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Apply for the Catalogue for Philanthropy


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Who We Are: An Overview

The mission of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is to create strong and vibrant communities by connecting caring citizens with worthy community causes. For donors, this means we take the guesswork out of giving by identifying the best community-based charities in Washington D.C. and nearby Maryland and Virginia. For our nonprofits, we raise visibility through the distribution of our annual print Catalogue, events, and campaigns, and we create resources and run educational workshops throughout the year to help them elevate their capacity to do good.

PLEASE NOTE: The Catalogue is NOT a grant-making organization. To facilitate the giving process for donors, we accept donations on behalf of our charities and pass them on to our nonprofits, but make no direct contributions or donations to any of our charities. We charge no fees for the work we do and are supported entirely by outside donations.

Why Apply

Being part of our network means you’ll be recognized as “one of the best” high-impact, community-based nonprofits in our region – something that means so much to supporters, both existing and new. While we do not guarantee a specific financial benefit, our track record shows that when nonprofits engage in a committed partnership with us, they receive both financial and other returns. (The Catalogue has helped raise over $25 million since 2003.)

Key Dates (2015)

January 5: Application Opens
February 27: Applications are due by 11:59 PM

General Eligibility Guidelines - 2015

We encourage you to review the eligibility guidelines below, as well as our application guidelines and instructions and our FAQ section before starting your application. Organizations eligible to be part of the Catalogue must:

  • Be a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization
  • Have an operating budget between $100,000 and $3 million (previously featured organizations that have grown beyond our $3 million limit may reapply but, if successful, will be featured on the web only)
  • Serve the people and communities of the greater Washington region & have headquarters locally OR, if international, have headquarters in the greater Washington region
  • NOT have been featured in the 2012-13, 2013-14 or 2014-15 print Catalogue (though organizations re-listed only on the website in 2013 or 2014 may reapply this year to be re-featured in print)