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Bethesda, MD-based Rock Creek Conservancy Chosen for 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington 

Bethesda, MD — Rock Creek Conservancy is proud to announce its selection for the 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region's best small charities. This award reflects the Conservancy’s status as a highly effective local organization, working to protect the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalize Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. 

As the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek and its parks, Rock Creek Conservancy is uniquely positioned to foster outreach, education, and protection efforts to overcome threats to Rock Creek. We work through a combination of education, advocacy, and action. Our strategy is to build partnerships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, institutions, community groups, and residents to work together to preserve Rock Creek for present and future generations. It’s an honor to receive this award from the Catalogue for Philanthropy and we are excited to share our mission with the entire DC region. 

Rock Creek Conservancy was selected for the 13th annual Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, connected caring citizens with worthy community causes and raised more than $28 million for featured nonprofits. 

The Catalogue's vetting process is rigorous: members of a 125-person review team, made up of foundations, corporations, peer nonprofits and the philanthropic advisory community, evaluate charities on the basis of program impact and fiscal soundness and each featured charity is visited on-site by at least one member of the review team. 

“Donors know they can trust the Catalogue to help them make smart decisions about local nonprofits where their contributions will really make a difference,” notes Catalogue President Barbara Harman. “The Washington, DC region ranks third in wealth disparity in the nation — having one of the most affluent (and well-educated) populations in the country, and also one of the poorest. We are in a unique position to help our neighbors by connecting donors and volunteers to worthy, local nonprofits working to strengthen the D.C. region. The Catalogue makes it easy to learn about community needs and to help meet them.” 

In November, 25,000 individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive copies of the print Catalogue. Learn more about Rock Creek Conservancy here. 

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About Rock Creek Conservancy 

Rock Creek Conservancy protects the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizes Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. Rock Creek Conservancy is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, please visit www.rockcreekconservancy.org.

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Dr. Edward Wilson livestream, "Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century"

As part of the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park, the Conservancy created a Green Ribbon Panel to make recommendations for the state-of-the Park report:  Revitalizing Rock Creek Park: The Next 125 Years.  Among the esteemed members of the Green Ribbon Panel is Dr. Edward O. Wilson.

Dr. Wilson delivers the keynote speech this Thursday, March 26,  11:30 a.m. EDT - 1:00 p.m., for “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century,” a unique science and technology summit organized and hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. Hear the livestream:

Keynote by E.O. Wilson; Mission of the National Park Service and its Relevancy Today

For the livestream schedule of all sessions click CLICK HERE

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Polystyrene Ban Passed!

Thank you to the Montgomery County Council, the County Executive, and all of you who stood up for Rock Creek! On January 20, the Council passed a bill that will ban the use and sale of most polystyrene products in Montgomery County.  Furthermore, the bill requires the use of recyclable or compostable single-use disposable food service ware such as plates, cups, and eating utensils.  Nearly 80% of Rock Creek is located in Montgomery County, and polystyrene products make up as much as a third of the trash found and collected in and around the creek.  Rock Creek Conservancy and its supporters helped push for this important legislation. We encourage you to thank the entire Council for their action.

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