After an extensive review and vetting process, the
Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington
has selected Urban Ed to be part of its Class of 2017-18. As the only locally-focused guide to giving, the Catalogue's goal is to create visibility for the best community-based charities, fuel their growth with philanthropic dollars, and create a movement for social good in the greater Washington region.
The Catalogue believes in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change. This year the Catalogue celebrates its 15th anniversary: since its inception it has raised $38 million for nonprofits in the region. It also offers trainings, neighborhood-based opportunities for collaboration, and a speakers series for individuals who want to learn about and engage with the needs, challenges, and accomplishments of our shared community.
"People want to know where to give and they need trusted information. Based on our in-depth review, we believe that Urban Ed is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region," says Barbara Harman, founder and president of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
This year, reviewers helped select 76 charities to feature in the print edition, 34 of which are new to the Catalogue this year. It also selected an additional 32 nonprofits to be re-featured on its website, and congratulated ten on growing beyond its $3 million budgetary limit. The network now includes over 400 vetted nonprofits working in the arts, education, environment, human services, and international sectors throughout greater Washington. (International charities must be headquartered in the DC region.) The Catalogue charges no fees; it raises funds separately to support its work.
"We are proud that the Catalogue for Philanthropy chose to recognize Urban Ed alongside other outstanding local organizations that meet its high standards," responds Roxanne J. Williams, founder and President of Urban Ed. "Inclusion in the Catalogue is a signal to potential donors and partners that they can be confident Urban Ed merits their support. This will help us continue to increase our reach and impact."
Since 2000, Urban Ed has been working in Washington DC's poorest neighborhoods to close the technology skills gap through IT education and workforce development programs.