Selected as One of Best DC-based Nonprofits

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Contact information: Sandy Bergo, 202-391-0206

Washington DC-based Fund for Investigative Journalism Chosen for 2011-12 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is proud to announce that The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has been selected to be featured in the 2011-12 Catalogue. A panel of 110 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, and peer non-profit organizations evaluated 270 applications; FIJ is one of 70 outstanding nonprofits to be featured this year.

Now in its ninth year, the Catalogue’s mission is to generate visibility and resources for the best community-based nonprofits. According to Barbara Harman, President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, “We know that nonprofits have had another very difficult year, and the economy continues to create challenges: dollars are down and need is up. Individual donors can continue to make a real difference – as they did last year — keeping great organizations afloat during these tough times.”

The Catalogue raised $2.6 million in 2009-10, $1.5 million to date in 2010-11 (and counting), and nearly $14.6 million since its inception in 2003.

The Catalogue enables smaller non-profits to tell their stories to individuals who would otherwise never hear them, and to encourage those individuals to get engaged and to give. It also provides charities with a stamp of approval that tells donors they can invest with confidence because the Catalogue vets its family of nonprofits with great care.

Twenty-five thousand individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive copies of the print Catalogue in November, and others will visit the Catalogue website ( – the only regional philanthropy site of its kind in the country. It includes a gift registry, gift cards, a section especially for kids, and other great giving options. The website also connects donors with volunteer opportunities, events, news, videos, and more.

“Charities were selected for excellence, cost-effectiveness, and impact” Harman said. “These are certainly among the best community-based nonprofits in the Washington region.”