Press Release: 2018-19 Catalogue for Philanthropy Honor

MENTORS, INC. Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the

Catalogue for Philanthropy


As it Celebrates its 16th Anniversary Serving the Greater Washington Region,

the Catalogue for Philanthropy is Proud to Honor Mentors, Inc.


WASHINGTON, D.C.—6.6.2018—After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Mentors, Inc. to be part of the Class of 2018-19.  Mentors, Inc. has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support.  Mentors, Inc.'s mission is to increase graduation rates and success of DC high school students by matching them with mentors, with a focus on career exploration with STEM.

This year the Catalogue celebrates its 16th anniversary: since its inception it has raised $40 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.

This year, reviewers helped select 77 charities to feature in the print edition, 38 of which are new to the Catalogue this year. It also selected an additional 49 nonprofits to be re-featured on its website. The network now includes 400+ vetted nonprofits working in the arts, education, environment, and human services sectors throughout Greater Washington.

“People want to know where to give and they need trusted information. Based on our in-depth review, we believe that Mentors, Inc. is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region,” says Bob Wittig, Executive Director of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Mentors, Inc.'s executive director, Deirdre Bagley, shared staff and board excitement over the honor.  "The Catalogue for Philanthropy presents an opportunity to connect us with a broad range of donors that might not otherwise connect, from small family funds to large foundations that use this resource as a vetting tool.  Our past experience on the list is that we gain several new supporters by being included."

The Catalogue believes in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change.  As the only locally-focused guide to giving, its 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 charges no fees; it raises funds separately to support its work. 


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MEDIA CONTACTS

For Mentors, Inc.:

Deirdre Bagley, dbagley@mentorsinc.org, 202.495.3760


For the Catalogue for Philanthropy:

Fatima Najiy, fnajiy@cfp-dc.org, 202-955-6538