Doorways for Women and Families Receives Highest Ratings from Charity Navigator and the Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington

Arlington, VA, November 27, 2009 --( Doorways for Women and Families, Arlington’s leading provider and advocate for victims of homelessness, violence and abuse, has received two major awards recently, recognizing its outstanding fiscal management and results. Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, gave Doorways its highest rating for the second year in a row. In addition, the Catalogue for Philanthropy selected Doorways to be a featured nonprofit.

“Despite economic uncertainty, Doorways continues to deliver exceptional results to women and families in need and our community. Being well managed is critical to our long-term success. That’s why having Charity Navigator and the Catalogue for Philanthropy recognize us shows that we’re on the right path,” said Linda Dunphy, executive director of Doorways for Women and Families. “These two prestigious awards help assure donors that we’re a great investment.”

Charity Navigator awarded a four-star rating to Doorways, its highest designation. The rating signifies that Doorways is a recognizable and trusted nonprofit brand, outperforming most charities who advocate for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. Charity Navigator evaluates more than 5,000 charities nationwide, giving only 1,500 nonprofits a four-star rating, including 77 in Virginia. Charity Navigator’s goal is to provide an objective, number-based system of the economic health of nonprofits by carefully examining their financial documents.

In addition to this honor, Doorways for Women and Families was selected to be featured in the 2009-10 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, a trusted intermediary connecting smaller, community-based organizations with individual and foundation donors. The Catalogue enables smaller non-profits to tell their stories to individuals who would otherwise never hear them, and to encourage those individuals to give. A panel of 90 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, larger non-profit organizations, and the DC government evaluated nearly 240 applications, selecting only 68 nonprofits to feature this year including Doorways.

With 30 years experience, Doorways has three core programs that help homeless women and their families and victims of domestic abuse, including an 11-bed Safehouse for women and families in imminent danger; the Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home, which houses 21 homeless adults and children in a state-of-the art residential facility; and the HomeStart Supportive Housing Program, that offers prevention, rapid re-housing and long-term supportive housing for families in crisis. In addition, through its Children’s Services Program, Doorways provides holistic and comprehensive support to the whole family, including tailored support services for each child. Last year, Doorways served nearly 1,500 people, more than half of whom were children.

About Doorways for Women and Families
For 30 years, Doorways for Women and Families, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, strives to end homelessness and family and intimate partner violence by offering safe shelter and housing, life changing support services and community advocacy. Recognized as a well-managed leader and innovator, Doorways has received numerous accolades, including the Washington Post’s Excellence in Nonprofit Management, Charity Navigator’s Four Stars for financial responsibility and Washingtonian Magazine’s Great Charities list.

Doorways for Women and Families
Shawn Flaherty