Community Changemakers 2021
Learn what is really happening on the ground in your community. From learning loss and greater educational disparities to the increased demand for healthy food, join 20+ local nonprofits to find out how they’re addressing these issues and ways you can get involved.
Nov 18, 2021, 6:30 PM
Virtual Platform


Community Changemakers 2021

Discover what is really happening in our local communities, and engage with our Community Changemaker Awardees and our     2021-22 nonprofit partners on some of the most important issues affecting the DC region.


Most importantly, find out how you can get involved in these critical issues and support this important work.



Thursday, November 18, 2021


Virtual Platform



November 18, 2021


6:30 PM

Our host, Amira El-Gawly, and the CFP Team will welcome you and share insights into what 2021 has meant for local nonprofits and our community.

View Welcome + Changemaker Panel Recording


Hear how three local changemakers have responded with creativity and compassion during this challenging time. The panel will be moderated by Jade Floyd.

6:35 PM


7:10 PM

Choose one of six conversations, each featuring nonprofit experts working on the front lines.

  • Overcoming Learning Loss: How do we support students in the face of increasing educational disparities?          View Recording​

  • Local Food Insecurity: How do we get healthy food to those who need it most in our region?                                      View Recording​

  • Power Based Violence: How do we prevent power based violence and best support survivors?                                   View Recording​

  • Advocating for Economic Justice: How do we create and advocate for a system that works for all workers?               View Recording​

  • Arts for All: How do we ensure that the whole community has access to engage with and be inspired by art?                    View Recording

  • Reforming Justice: How do we advocate for a more just legal system and support those currently involved in it?             View Recording​


7:35 PM

Learn how you can get involved in these and other important community issues.

Live local? Give Local.  Give your time, talent, and treasure where it is needed most.

View Recording


Meet the recipients of the Catalogue's Community Changemaker Awards, which honors those working each day to build community in our region and to make a difference, close to home.

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Mary Brown

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Sister Mary has worked for decades to create meaningful change in the lives of Black boys and young men through artistic expression, to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and ultimately transform their lives and communities. Life Pieces to Masterpieces works to change how Black boys see themselves, to change how the world sees Black boys and young men; our Black boys and young men are helping the world discover our shared humanity.

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Ariel Levinson-Waldman

Founding Director, Tzedek DC

Tzedek DC safeguards the legal rights and financial interests of DC residents with lower incomes facing debt-related problems. The organization’s work is rooted in a civil rights lens because of the stark wealth gaps that track racial lines in DC. Since its founding in 2017, the organization has provided free legal help to more than 2,000 DC households, distributed Spanish and English Know-Your-Rights materials to thousands of residents, and championed reforms that led to the reinstatement of more than 65,000 DC residents’ drivers’ licenses, which had previously been suspended for unpaid traffic debts.

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Parisa Norouzi

Co-Founder, Empower DC

Empower DC is a city-wide community organizing group that builds confident self-advocacy and organized political power of low-moderate income DC residents to further racial, social, and environmental justice. Empower DC holds a long-standing commitment to two of DC’s most historic Black communities – Ivy City and Barry Farm – in their fights for community-led equitable development, and against gentrification and displacement. Parisa has served as the Lead Organizer for many local advocacy campaigns, including a successful campaign earlier this year to win $20million in the DC city budget for the restoration of the Alexander Crummell School as a community center, located in the heart of Ivy City.



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