Doorways has been awarded the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, for the fourth consecutive year!
Only 8% of the charities reviewed by Charity Navigator have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Doorways for Women and Families consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America.
The rating signifies that Doorways is one of the most recognizable and trusted nonprofit brands outperforming most charities who advocate for victims of domestic violence and homelessness.
Of the more than 5,000 charities across the United States evaluated by Charity Navigator, approximately 1,500 have 4-star ratings. Of those, we are one of 77 in Virginia with the highest designation. The overall intent of the survey is to examine tens of thousands of nonprofit financial documents and determine an objective, number-based system of their economic health.
Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management
Doorways, Arlington’s leading provider and advocate for survivors of homelessness, violence and abuse was honored on June 15th by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the 2009 winner of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.
This award recognizes the outstanding management practices Doorways utilizes. Learn more about this award and Doorways leading nonprofit management practices.
Catalogue for Philanthropy
Doorways has also been selected to be featured in the 2009-10 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. A panel of 90 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, larger non-profit organizations, and the DC government evaluated nearly 240 applications; Doorways for Women and Families is one of 68 outstanding nonprofits to be featured this year.
Now in its seventh year, the Catalogue has become a trusted intermediary connecting smaller, community-based organizations with individual and foundation donors.
We know that nonprofits have had a very difficult year. For most, contributions are flat or down, and the decrease or loss of foundation and government funding has created significant budgetary challenges. Individual donors can make a real difference this year, keeping great organizations afloat during these tough times.
~Barbara Harman, President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington
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. It also provides charities with a stamp of approval that tells donors they can invest with confidence because the Catalogue vets its family of nonprofits with great care.
2010 Moving Your Message Communications Award
Doorways was one of three winners in the The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s 2010 annual media summit “Moving Your Message” contest sponsored by BURNESS Communications. Doorways submitted an application to be considered for one of the three awards focusing on innovative practices using social media to deliver a message. Below is our winning application!
“Moving Your Message” Winner: Social Media Advocacy a Success for Doorways
Doorways for Women and Families organized an advocacy campaign that relied heavily on social media to encourage Arlington County’s Board to increase Doorways’ budget. Through the campaign, Doorways developed messaging, an earned media strategy, grassroots outreach, and an integrated web and social media strategy. The website had campaign updates as well as a new blog and an electronic letter that resulted in 600 contacts to County Board members. This was integrated with Twitter and Facebook to further disseminate messages. The campaign mobilized volunteers and supporters, educated the community and the Board about Doorways’ effectiveness, and was successful in its budget advocacy efforts.