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Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington Grant

Networking and Publicity Opportunity for Washington, DC,
Maryland, and Virginia Nonprofits in Greater Washington, DC

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Foundation / Corporation

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Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

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Deadline Date:

02/28/18 11:59 PM


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Opportunity for Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland nonprofits in eligible counties to be recognized as a top philanthropic organization in the region. Applying organizations will be selected based on diversity across types of programs, fields of interest (nature, culture, human services, education, and their respective subfields), location, and constituency.

Organizations headquartered in Prince George's or Charles County, MD, Prince William or Loudon County, VA, or Wards 7 or 8, DC are encouraged to apply. Additionally, organizations whose primary focus area benefits immigrants and refugees, formerly incarcerated, the LGBTQ community, or adult education are also encouraged to apply. While these areas are of special focus given current under-representation in the network, all nonprofits in the geographic region within the budget range, regardless of issue, are welcome to apply.

If selected to be part of the Catalogue network, the nonprofit will be recognized as “one of the best” high-impact‚ community-based nonprofits in the region. While no specific financial benefit is guaranteed‚ the track record shows that when nonprofits engage in a committed partnership with the Catalogue, they receive both financial and other returns.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178644

Number of Grants:

Approximately 75 nonprofits are featured in the print Catalogue and on its website.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations eligible to be part of the Catalogue must:

- Be a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization
- Not have been featured in the 2015-16, 2016-17, or 2017-18 print Catalogue (though organizations featured ONLY on the website in these years may reapply in 2018 to be re-featured in print if they have budgets below $3 million);
- Have an operating budget between $100,000 and $3 million (nonprofits featured in print or on the web in 2014-15 that have grown beyond our $3 million limit may reapply and‚ if successful‚ will be eligible for all Catalogue benefits but may be featured on the web only, not in the print Catalogue);
- Serve the people and communities of the greater Washington region and have headquarters locally
- Agree to adhere to the nondiscrimination policy which requires all nonprofit partners to affirm their commitment to core values of non-discrimination consistent with the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Please note that beginning in 2018, international organizations are no longer eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinars will be held on January 18, 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM EET, and February 7, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM EET.

The webinar will walk through the main parts of the application process, including the application itself and important dates. Time will also be allotted to answer questions.

Pre-Application Information:

The application opens on January 3rd and closes at 11:59 pm on February 28th, 2018. Once applications are processed, over 100 reviewers from foundations, corporate giving programs, peer nonprofits, and the philanthropic advisory community are matched with applicants in the reviewers’ fields of expertise. The review process (March–April) consists of three parts:

Program Review: Reviewers rate applications based on their assessment of the need each organization exists to meet, the quality of the programs it creates to meet those needs, its leadership and staffing, and the evidence of the organization’s impact. Most applications receive 5 to 8 reviews, some more than that.

Financial Review: A team of financial reviewers from Raffa assesses the financial soundness of potential finalists. Among other things, the team looks for reasonable year-to-year projections of expenses and revenue, appropriate ratios of administrative to program costs (though there is no absolute cut-off), reasonable salaries, board participation in fundraising and development, and fiscal transparency.

Site Visits: All reviewers are asked if they have site visited an applicant organization within the past three years. Positive site visits confirm positive reviews. Negative site visits generate a phone call. Any organization that has not been visited by our review team will be visited by Catalogue staff.

The goal is to create a balanced list of great nonprofits in all fields so that all of the nonprofits are not serving one category – for example all arts organizations or all programs that serve the elderly. Final decisions are made by a Selection Committee and are always guided by the rankings and comments of the review team.

The vetted list of charities for the 2018-19 print Catalogue will be finalized in May and the organization will work with selected organizations to create their Catalogue features, wish lists, photos and more from May to July. The Catalogue is released on November 1, just in advance of the giving season.

Key Dates
January 3, 2018: Application Opens
January 18, 2018: Application Webinar, Register Here
February 7, 2018: Application Webinar, Register Here
11:59 pm February 28, 2018: Applications are due



Financial application workshop, Session 1:

Financial application workshop, Session 2:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the January 18, 2018 webinar:

Register for the February 7, 2018 webinar:

Register and apply online:

For questions, call 202-955-6538 or email

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington
1899 L Street NW Suite 850
Washington DC 20036

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Charles County, and Frederick County;   Virginia: Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax, and City of Falls Church;   Washington, DC: Wards 7 and 8