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Art League selected for philanthropy catalogue

The Art League of Alexandria has been selected to be featured in the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. A panel of 100 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, peer nonprofit organizations and the D.C. government evaluated nearly 250 applicants before choosing this years 70 outstanding organizations to be featured.

Now in its eighth year, the Catalogues mission is to generate visibility and resources for the best community-based nonprofits, and to create more meaningful experiences for donors. It has raised more than $12 million since its inception in 2003, $2.5 million of that occurred in 2009-10.

We know that nonprofits have had another very difficult year, and the economy continues to create challenges: Dollars are down and need is up. Individual donors can continue to make a real difference as they did last year keeping great organizations afloat during these tough times, said Barbara Harman, the publications president and editor.

The catalogue enables nonprofits to tell their stories and encourage individuals to become engaged in giving. It also provides charities with a stamp of approval that tells donors they can invest with confidence, according to Harman. Hundreds of families and 20,000 individuals will receive copies of the printed publication in November. Others can visit the website,, the only regional philanthropy site of its kind in the nation.

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

Alexandria AAA offices relocated

The Alexandria office of AAA, previously located at 801 N.Fairfax St. is now located at 2231 Eisenhower Ave., at the intersection of Mill Road in Carlyle Place.

Entrance to the new office is from Mill Road, according to their official announcement. Customers are provided free parking in the garage off Grist Mill Road.