The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington was created as a project of the Harman Family Foundation in 2003 by its then-executive director, the brilliant Barbara Harman. The region’s only locally-focused guide to giving and volunteering began out of her desire to help donors find and support community-based nonprofits – those with great programming and sound finances, but little visibility and limited capacity to tell their stories to a large audience. Barbara Harman’s dedication has changed philanthropy in the region forever. Named one of Washington’s “most powerful women” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2013, 2015, and 2017, and a Washingtonian of the Year in 2016, Barbara Harman believes “in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change.”
Her goal has been to “create visibility for our charities, fuel their growth with philanthropic dollars, and create a movement for social good in our region.” Since 2003, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has raised more than $40 million for its network of charities.
Barbara Harman began her career as a college English professor, landing at Wellesley College in 1977 where she taught literature and writing for 25 years. A graduate of Tufts University with a PhD in English from Brandeis University, she is also the author of three books (Harvard University Press, University of Virginia Press, Garland Publishing).