One World Education, One of the Area’s ‘Best Nonprofits,’ Helps Students Go Back to School

One World Education, which the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington selected as one of the Washington region’s best nonprofits, is raising awareness of young people who need resources to go back-to-school this year. One World is featured in the Catalogue’s central hub, where people can learn about and donate to over 75 local, community-based nonprofits that support underserved students, as well as learn about education-related volunteer opportunities ( The Catalogue is the only local guide to giving and volunteering in the greater Washington region.

The Catalogue, celebrating its 15th anniversary, is a trusted source for connecting residents to the very best local nonprofits. The Catalogue nonprofits reported that the students they serve had an 83% high school graduation rate, 85% college acceptance rate, and 80% college retention rate—significantly higher than the region-wide average.

Local students’ needs range from backpacks to school supplies, and from books to clothing to tutoring and mentoring. The Washington region’s nonprofits are meeting these critical needs—right here, close to home.

“The Catalogue’s website is the ideal place to learn about the many ways we can all help our students have access to what they need to succeed,” says Barbara Harman, founder and president of the Washington region’s Catalogue for Philanthropy. “The organizations in our network bridge the opportunity gap for children across our region. Educational partners and resources help ease the transition back to school, providing critical support for our community and our youth.”

In addition to providing resources and volunteers, the Catalogue regularly hosts neighborhood events to connect local charities to each other for the purposes of collaboration and skill sharing. The next community gathering will bring together Catalogue nonprofits who serve local youth where they learn—in their schools.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy, which focuses on nonprofits with budgets below $3 million, provides its services entirely for free. It charges no fees for nonprofits to apply or to be featured on its website or in its print Catalogue (distributed to 30,000 households and available upon request), and no fees for its training and collaboration programs. It also charges no administrative or handling fees for distributing donations. A public charity, it raises funds separately to support its work. Since its inception in 2003, the Catalogue has raised over $38 million for nonprofits in its network.

About One World Education

One World Education’s mission is to build the knowledge and skills students need to confront the cultural and global issues of today and prepare for the college and career opportunities of tomorrow. The organization works toward a vision of rigorous learning experiences for all students and meaningful professional development for all teachers.

One World’s interventions start where many academic programs stop - the doors of the classroom. Its model addresses the dual challenges at the heart of the college readiness gap: low student engagement in middle and high school classrooms and a lack of effective training and resources for teachers. The One World Program is a learning experience fused into existing academic courses and designed to strengthen students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills so that they are prepared to research, write, and present their ideas professionally.

According to a 2016 World Bank evaluation of One World Program participants:

  • 70% of students improved their average score between the pre- and post-writing tests; students who started with the lowest scores showing the greatest gains;
  • 93% of participating schools saw statistically significant gains in students’ research, writing, and presentation skills;
  • 94% of college freshmen reported that One World Education prepared them for college-level research.

Help bring this program to local students.



For One World Education:
Eric Goldstein

For the Catalogue for Philanthropy:
Adam Shapiro