Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is honored to have been selected as a featured charity in the 2011-2012 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. A panel of 110 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, and peer non-profit organizations evaluated 270 applications; Smith Center is one of 70 outstanding nonprofits to be featured this year.
In 2010, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts reached over 10,000 individuals through our programs—nearly 70% of those served were from DC's African American and African immigrant communities. Most of Smith Center's programs are offered for free or very minimal cost; scholarships are also available—we do not turn anyone away from services.
The Catalogue's mission is to generate visibility and resources for the best community-based nonprofits. According to Barbara Harman, President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, "We know that nonprofits have had another very difficult year, and the economy continues to create challenges: dollars are down and need is up. Individual donors can continue to make a real difference—as they did last year—keeping great organizations afloat during these tough times.
The Catalogue raised $2.443,000 million in 2009-10, $1.5 million to date in 2010-11 (and counting), and nearly $14.7 million since its inception in 2003.
The Catalogue enables smaller non-profits to tell their stories to individuals who would otherwise never hear them, and to encourage those individuals to get engaged and to give. It also provides charities with a stamp of approval that tells donors they can invest with confidence because the Catalogue vets its family of nonprofits with great care.
"Charities were selected for excellence, cost-effectiveness, and impact" Harman said. "These are certainly among the best community-based nonprofits in the Washington region."