The Legal Clinic is honored to announce our inclusion in the 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of Greater Washington’s best community-based charities. We were selected to be refeatured in the 11th annual Catalogue, which has, since 2003, raised more than $21 million for featured nonprofits. The Catalogue’s vetting process is rigorous: members of a 120-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.
Having the Catalogue’s endorsement is vital to the Legal Clinic. We receive no public funding, in order to ensure our freedom to advocate aggressively on our clients’ behalf. We must rely then upon the generosity of community members, foundations, law firms and corporations who share our vision of a more just DC. The Catalogue for Philanthropy helps us to tell our story to a broader audience than we might otherwise reach.
Catalogue President Barbara Harman has noted that “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.”