Wacif Honored as One of the Greater Washington Region’s Best Nonprofits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jeremy Cullimore, (202) 529-5505



Wacif Honored as One of the Greater Washington Region’s Best Nonprofits

Named as one of 74 nonprofits for 2016-17 Catalogue for Philanthropy


Washington, D.C. (August 18, 2016) — The Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif) is honored to announce its selection for the 2016-17 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region’s best community-based charities. Wacif was selected for the 14th annual Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, connected caring citizens with worthy community causes and raised more than $33 million for featured nonprofits.

“Wacif is honored to be part of the Catalogue for Philanthropy for 2016-2017,” says Harold Pettigrew, Executive Director of Wacif. “It’s a true testament to our history of creating upward economic mobility for underserved communities for almost 30 years. This is an exciting opportunity to create new relationships with philanthropists who share our mission to build strong and equitable communities throughout the Washington, DC region.”

This award reflects Wacif’s status as a highly effective local charity, working to create economic opportunity through access to capital. The Catalogue’s vetting process is rigorous: members of a 130-person review team, made up of foundations, corporations, peer nonprofits and the philanthropic advisory community, evaluate charities on the basis of program impact and fiscal soundness and each featured charity is visited on-site by at least one member of the review team.

“Donors know they can trust the Catalogue to help them make smart decisions about local nonprofits where their contributions will really make a difference,” notes Catalogue President Barbara Harman. “The Washington, DC region ranks third in wealth disparity in the nation – having one of the most affluent and well-educated populations in the country, and also one of the poorest. We are in a unique position to help our neighbors by connecting donors and volunteers to worthy, local nonprofits working to strengthen the D.C. region. The Catalogue makes it easy to learn about community needs and to help meet them.”

In November 2016, 25,000 individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive copies of the print Catalogue. To receive a complimentary copy of the Catalogue when it is released, visit www.cfp-dc.org.

About Wacif:

The Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc. (Wacif) is a nonprofit community development loan fund whose mission is to empower underserved communities and individuals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area by providing access to capital and technical assistance to small businesses, childcare centers, affordable housing developers, and community organizations. Learn more at www.wacif.org, on Twitter and Facebook.


About the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington:

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is the region’s only locally-focused guide to giving. We believe in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change. Our goal is to create visibility for our charities, fuel their growth with philanthropic dollars, and create a movement for social good in our region. Since 2003, the Catalogue has raised more than $37 million for our network of vetted charities. Every nonprofit in our network is evaluated for excellence by a team of over 120 local experts. They assess each organization to ensure it is meeting a real need and having impact. Financial transparency is also key. We highlight the best local charities, and their work, to show what is possible when caring citizens connect with worthy causes, acting together on behalf of the greater good. Our vision is to transform our community, turning watchers into doers and bystanders into givers. Learn more at www.cfp-dc.org.

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