Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DC Alliance of Youth Advocates Named ‘One of the Best Nonprofits’ by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

‘Give Like a Local’ Means Local Reviewers Have Vetted Local Charity

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, after a careful vetting process, has selected DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA) as a new nonprofit for inclusion in this year’s Catalogue. It means when people want to “give like a local,” they will know DCAYA has met the Catalogue’s high standards because it has undergone a program review, financial assessment and site visit.

DCAYA’s mission is to ensure that all children and youth in the District of Columbia have access to high-quality and affordable developmental opportunities. As a coalition of youth-engaged organizations, youth and concerned residents in the District, DCAYA accomplishes this mission by crafting policy recommendations, providing structured advocacy opportunities for our members and allies, networking and empowering youth.

“Give Like a Local” is the Catalogue’s new campaign to raise awareness of nonprofits such as DCAYA, as well as the Catalogue and the easy way donors can support local charities that mean the most to them. The Catalogue also offers gift cards so families and friends can continue the giving tradition with the charities of their choice.

This year, reviewers chose 76 new charities to join the Catalogue’s network of more than 330 vetted charities. All the nonprofits are locally based and operate with budgets below $3 million; they work in the arts, education, environment and human service sectors throughout greater Washington.

“We believe DC Alliance of Youth Advocates is one of the best nonprofits in our area based on our in-depth review. This type of guidance is important because when people want to know where to give, they ask a local. We are that source for trusted information about the best small charities in our community,” says Barbara Harman, president and editor, Catalogue for Philanthropy.

“DCAYA makes a critical difference in the lives of children and youth by harnessing the collective power of over 130 member organizations to inform local policies and practices affecting our city’s young people. Being included in the Catalogue gives us an opportunity to leverage the work we and our members have done over the past decade, by taking a tremendous step forward in cultivating awareness and support among an ever-growing body of youth allies over the decade to come,” says Graham McLaughlin, Board President, DCAYA.

Since its founding 12 years ago, the Catalogue has raised $29 million for nonprofits in D.C. and nearby Virginia and Maryland. The charities are selected and participate without any charge; the Catalogue raises funds separately to support its efforts.

You can visit our Catalogue for Philanthropy page here. Please share it with any friends and colleagues who also support making DC a city where no youth is considered at-risk. And consider making a donation to show your own support, through the Donate link in the column on the right of the page.

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