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ASHA for Women selected for the Catalogue for Philanthropy

February 8, 2010

Congratulations to ASHA for Women, selected as one of the Greater Washington (DC) area’s best small nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy!

ASHA for Women provides hope through empowerment to South Asian women living in abusive marriages and homes in the Washington area with community-based, culturally competent support. Operating for 20 years, ASHA was one of the first South Asian domestic violence prevention organizations in the United States. By surmounting language, cultural, and social barriers, ASHA helps prevent abuse victims from falling through the cracks of the domestic violence service system.

The Catalogue is an interesting endeavor in its own right. A multi-constituency group of reviewers (including giving circles, foundations, corporations, larger nonprofits, and local government) evaluate small not-for-profits for their merit and impact, including both their program activities (with site visits for all) and operations (including cost-effectiveness and financial transparency). In the last seven years, they have helped raise more than $9.6 million from new donors for nearly 350 smaller not-for-profit organizations across a wide range of issue areas.

Do you participate in activities or knowledge-sharing like the Catalogue, on any scale? Do you think South Asian givers could benefit from this sort of evaluation? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.

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