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C&O Canal Trust Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Following a competitive review, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has named the C&O Canal Trust one of the best nonprofits in the Washington, DC, area. To be included in the Class of 2017-18, the C&O Canal Trust underwent extensive vetting and was judged to have met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support. This is the first time the Trust has been included in the Catalogue.

The C&O Canal Trust, as the official nonprofit partner of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, works in partnership with the National Park Service and local communities to raise funds to preserve the Park for future generations and to broaden support through programs that highlight the Park’s historical, natural, and cultural heritage and recreational opportunities.

The Catalogue is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and, since its inception, has raised $38 million for nonprofits in the region. Reviewers helped select 76 charities to feature in the 2017 print edition, and the C&O Canal Trust joins 33 other organization new to the Catalogue this year. The network now includes over 400 vetted nonprofits working in the arts, education, environment, human services, and international sectors throughout greater Washington.

“People want to know where to give, and they need trusted information. Based on our in-depth review, we believe that the C&O Canal Trust is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region,” said Barbara Harman, founder and president of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

“The C&O Canal Trust is delighted to be recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as ‘One of the Best Nonprofits,’” said C&O Canal president Robin Zanotti. “Our new partnership with the Catalogue will allow us to expand our efforts to build community support for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. It also assures new donors that their funds will be used efficiently and effectively in our work to protect and preserve this national treasure.”

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; it raises funds separately to support its work.