The Catalogue for Philanthropy is the Greater Washington region’s only locally-focused guide to giving. Since 2003, the Catalogue has highlighted the best local charities (budgets under $3M), raising more just under $38M for its network of nonprofits. Each has been vetted for impact, cost effectiveness, and financial transparency by a team of more than 120 local experts.

In addition to connections to potential donors, the Catalogue builds the capacity of its nonprofit partners through The Learning Commons, which offers educational opportunities throughout the year. The Learning Commons features trainings in development and stewardship, marketing and communications, and volunteer management. The program also offers neighborhood convenings, donor education sessions, and other collaborative opportunities.

Target Audience

Executive Directors and Development Staff of nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status and operating budget between $100,000 and $3 million.

Get Involved

Apply to the Catalogue! Be recognized as one of the region’s “best” nonprofits by applying to the Catalogue. Applications are solicited in the beginning of the calendar year, vetted by experts in the local nonprofit community, and notified of their status by May. In addition to training in development and stewardship, nonprofits receive support with marketing and communications — including a 145-word impact story, the Catalogue’s “one of the best” seal, a personalized webpage, a feature in the print Catalogue (distributed to 30,000 individuals), and the opportunity to be featured in Washingtonian Magazine, Washington City Paper, and others.

Find Professional Development: Featured nonprofits can access The Learning Commons’ professional development workshops and trainings on best practices in development, communications, and volunteer management. Information can be found here.

Key Programs

  • Funding Opportunities
    • Apply to be a part of the Catalogue for Philanthropy
  • Volunteer and Board Matching Programs
  • Training and Educational Resources

Program Deadlines

Sign up here to be notified when the Catalogue application opens in January.


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