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Catalogue for Philanthrophy Press Release

Date: October 5, 2010
Contact information: Friends of The Training Source

Seat Pleasant, MD-based The Training Source
Chosen for 2010-11 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is proud to announce that The Training Source has been selected to be featured in the 2010-11 Catalogue. A panel of 100 expert reviewers from large and small foundations, corporate giving programs, giving circles, and peer nonprofits, evaluated nearly 250 applications; The Training Source is one of 70 outstanding nonprofits to be featured this year.

Everyone knows someone who has lost a job: from an adult whose company folded, to a youth with unrealized potential whose tough school and unstable family didn't help him. What is the road to success for the unemployed, underemployed, frustrated, and unprepared? The Training Source meets people where they are and assists them in developing the hard skills (knowledge and abilities) and soft skills (attitudes, habits and behaviors) that will help them secure and retain employment. Comprehensive 15-week training programs cover everything from professional and computer skills to time and money management, self-esteem and motivation, and job survival techniques. Workshops for families in transition from homelessness help them develop the skills and motivation needed for self-sufficiency. A youth leadership program helps kids make smart choices, complete school, and consider post-secondary education. A summer program works with developmentally challenged youth who are aging out of special education and want to secure a living wage. The goal is to develop persons as well as skills, and TTS is gifted at doing that. Think what your gift might do.

Now in its eighth year, the Catalogue has become a trusted resource, connecting smaller, community-based organizations with individual and foundation donors. According to Barbara Harman, President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, "We know that many nonprofits have had a difficult year. For many, contributions are flat or down, and for some the decrease or loss of foundation or government funding has created significant budgetary challenges. Individual donors can make a real difference this year, keeping great organizations afloat during these tough times.” The Catalogue enables smaller non-profits to tell their stories to individuals who would otherwise never hear them, and to encourage those individuals 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.

25,000 individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive copies of the Catalogue in November, and the Catalogue website (cfp-dc.org), will feature all 350 members of the Catalogue family. The site includes a gift registry and gift cards, a section especially for kids, and even a “donate now/decide later” fund that lets donors give in December and make their choices in January. Live links on nonprofit profile pages connect donors with volunteer opportunities, events, news, videos, and more. The Catalogue website is the broadest and deepest regional philanthropy site of its kind anywhere in the country.

Since its inception in 2003, the Catalogue has helped raise over $12.5 million for deserving, local, nonprofit organizations. "Charities were selected for excellence, cost-effectiveness, and impact" Harman said. “These are certainly among the best community-based nonprofits in the Greater Washington region.”

 
 
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