At Spur Local, formerly the Catalogue for Philanthropy, strengthening communities is our life’s work. As the region’s only locally-focused guide to civic engagement, we believe in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change together. A gift to Spur Local has a huge multiplier effect. It helps us amplify and support over 400 critical local nonprofits. Over the last 20 years, our organization has both raised nearly $60M for local nonprofits and grown to become the largest nonprofit capacity builder in the region, designing resources specifically for nonprofits operating with small teams and budgets. Join us in making a difference, close to home.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 6
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All
Population(s) Served: Not applicable
- Greater Washington nonprofits featured in the Catalogue for Philanthropy since 2003:
- Dollars raised by our nonprofit network since 2003:
$40 million and counting
- Size of Catalogue review team, including representatives from all sectors of the nonprofit and philanthropy communities:
- Number of nonprofits who've grown beyond our $3 million budget threshold while a part of the CFP network ("growth nonprofits"):
Awards & Recognition
GOLD (print Catalogue) and GOLD (web site) award winner for excellence in communications by the 2009 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program, sponsored by the Council on foundations. This was the fifth year in a row that the print Catalogue was recognized with a gold, and the first gold award for the website.
Recognized with the Harman Family Foundation as Outstanding Foundation Partner, National Capital Philanthropy Day, 2009
Featured as “one of the more innovative local philanthropic initiatives” by the Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein, December 2007...
Barbara Harman (Founder & President recognized twice by Washingtonian Magazine as one one of the most powerful women in Washington for her work on the Catalogue for Philanthropy (2013, 2015)
- Give It Up DC, 2021 Giving Guide
Tue Nov 30 2021, Washington City Paper
City Paper's guide to giving for the holiday season featuring Catalogue partners.
- 20 DC Area Charities that Use Donations Well
Tue Nov 30 2021, Washingtonian
Washingtonian highlights 20 local nonprofits you can support this giving season to make a difference, close to home.
- Here's How to Give Back to the DMV on Giving Tuesday
Tue Nov 30 2021, WUSA9
WUSA9 mentions the Catalogue as one way to give local this GivingTuesday.
- News 4 Your Sunday: Giving Tuesday
Sun Nov 21 2021, NBC4
Co-ED Matt Gayer is interviewed alongside a Catalogue partner about GivingTuesday and how to get involved locally.
- Deciding Which Charity to Support Doesn't Have to Be Hard
Wed Dec 30 2020, Washington Post
The Catalogue is featured in an article about how to find a local nonprofit to support during these challenging times.
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for Spur Local is: $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
About the Catalogue for Philanthropy
Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.
The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!