WASHINGTON June 12, 2017 – Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County, Md., today was again named as one of the region’s “best nonprofits” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.
The Catalogue, a guide to giving, previously picked CASA/Prince George’s County for the honor in 2013. The non-profit provides court-appointed special advocates to protect the best interests of foster children.
“People want to know where to give and they need trusted information. Based on our in-depth review, we believe that CASA/Prince George’s County is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region,” said Barbara Harman, founder and president of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Ann Marie Binsner, executive director of CASA/Prince George’s County, said, “We thank the Catalogue for its recognition and support, which will help us as we push to dramatically increase the number of foster children we are able to serve.”
CASA Prince George’s County, founded in 2001, has about 180 CASA volunteers. Each is assigned to a child. who is foster care due to abuse or neglect. The organization’s goal is to assign a CASA volunteer to each foster child in the county, which now has about 500 such at-risk boys and girls.
The Catalogue, in its 15th year, evaluates small nonprofits, those with annual budgets of less than $3 million. This year, it named 108 nonprofits as among the region’s “the best.” Since its inception, it has also raised $38 million for area nonprofits.
The Catalogue’s network now includes more than 400 vetted nonprofits working in the arts, education, environment, human services, and international sectors throughout greater Washington.
In addition to evaluating nonprofits and raising funds, the Catalogue offers trainings, neighborhood-based opportunities for collaboration, and a speakers’ series for those who want to engage in the needs, challenges, and accomplishments of our shared community.
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 and raises funds to support its work.