DC Jazz Festival Selected for 2011-12 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

July 11, 2011, Washington, D.C.— Following the conclusion of another highly successful festival, the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) proudly announces that it has been selected to be featured in the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington 2011-12 Catalogue. A panel of 110 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate-giving programs and peer non-profit organizations evaluated 270 applications; the DCJF is one of 70 outstanding nonprofits to be featured this year.

“Being selected for this honor shows how far we have truly come within the past seven years,” said Michael Sonnenreich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DC Jazz Festival. “We are proud to be considered among the most noteworthy, influential nonprofits in the community.”

Now in its ninth year, the Catalogue’s mission is to generate visibility and resources for the best community-based nonprofits. The Catalogue enables smaller non-profits to tell their stories to individuals who would otherwise not know about them, and to encourage them to become engaged and support them. It also provides charities with a stamp of approval that advises donors they can invest with confidence because the Catalogue vets its family of nonprofits with great care.

“We know that nonprofits have had another very difficult year, and the economy continues to create challenges: dollars are down and need is up,” said Barbara Harman, President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. “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 $2.4 million in 2009-10, $1.5 million to date in 2010-11 (and counting), and nearly $14.7 million since its inception in 2003.

25,000 individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive copies of the print Catalogue in November, and others will visit the Catalogue website
(cfp-dc.org) – the only regional philanthropy site of its kind in the country. It includes a gift registry, gift cards, a section especially for kids, and other great giving options. The website also connects donors with volunteer opportunities, events, news, videos, and more.

“Charities were selected for excellence, cost-effectiveness, and impact.” Harman said. “These are certainly among the best community-based nonprofits in the Washington region.”

Proud major sponsors and partners of the DC Jazz Festival, to date, include Bing; The Washington Post; ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8; Patton Boggs LLP; Sage Communications; the Washington Convention and Sports Authority; Linda and Michael Sonnenreich; the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Verizon; Microsoft; American Airlines; The Phillips Collection; Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck LLP; the Washington City Paper; LCG Systems; Dworbell; the Mayo Charitable Foundation; the NEA Foundation; Amtrak; WMATA (Metro); Bohemian Caverns, WWOZ FM, WPFW FM; Washington Marriott Wardman Hotel, Washington Informer, Whole Foods; Acadiana; ZGS Station Group, and the National Park Service, among others.

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About the DC Jazz Festival
With more than 100 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival, a project of Festivals DC, Ltd., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, is the largest music festival in Washington, DC, is one of the most popular, highly-anticipated cultural events in the nation’s capital, and has quickly become recognized within the global jazz community. The DCJF presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists that promote music integration in school curricula, and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. For more information about the DC Jazz Festival and upcoming programs, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.

The DC Jazz Festival® is sponsored in part with a grant from the Government of the District of Columbia, Vincent C. Gray, Mayor; and, in part, by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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