The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is proud to be part of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. Each year some 250 organizations apply to be featured and undergo a rigorous vetting process. This year a panel of 100 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, giving circles, and peer nonprofits participated in the process, and this year’s 70 nonprofits were selected. All 350 organizations (including ours!) can be viewed online at the Catalogue’s website, http://www.cfp-dc.org — where donations can also be made.
According to Barbara Harman, President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, “We know that many nonprofits have had a very difficult year. For most, contributions are flat or down, and the decrease or loss of foundation and government funding has created significant budgetary challenges. Individual donors can make a real difference this year, keeping great organizations afloat during these tough times.”
Though MAIP has just recently become a part of the Catalogue for Philanthropy, we know it will help enable us to reach out to individuals in the region who would otherwise not hear our story. Since its inception in 2003, the Catalogue has helped raise over $12.5 million dollars for local non-profit organizations. The 2010-11 Catalogues have just been sent out, and if you haven’t received one, you can request a catalogue online: they’re free. The Catalogue’s website went live with the newly featured nonprofits on November 8th. Special features of the site include a gift registry, gift cards, a section especially for kids, and even a “donate now/decide later” fund that lets donors give in December and make their choices in January. Links on nonprofit profile pages connect donors with volunteer opportunities, events, news, videos, and more. According to Harman, “the new Catalogue website is the broadest and deepest regional philanthropy website in the country.” We’re proud to be featured on it.
MAIP is also proud to be called “one of the best,” and we hope you’ll view our online profile and help spread the word about the Catalogue so that together we can deepen the culture of giving in our nation’s capital.