Awards & Honors

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2010
Top-Rated Education Nonprofit

OUDC was named a 2010 Top-Rated Education Nonprofit, based on the reviews of our stakeholders – one of only 90 organizations in the country to receive such a distinction. Ratings were posted as part of the 2010 Power of Education Campaign conducted by GreatNonprofits, in partnership with Guidestar and a coalition of nonprofit organizations. Comments included: 

“OUDC is an amazing organization. As a current participant, I can’t even begin to describe all that I have learned and gained from this program. We have learned about different cultures and have been challenged to analyze our connections to our own. We have learned about activism, oppression, power, and many other relevant issues. This experience has been invaluable for me.” – Sam Edelman, Class 16 

To read more reviews, or to write one of your own, visit www.greatnonprofits.org.

2009
Recipient of the Youth Thrive Award

Thanks to the “word on the street” recommendations of friends who graciously shared their thoughts about the program and its impact, OUDC was named a Youth Thrive Award Winner.  Comments included:

 “It was in OUDC that I learned how important it was to devote my life to improving my community and society at large. OUDC taught me to question what I thought I knew, and seek out the answers that I recognized I did not know. Nearly a decade later, it remains in many ways the most important formative experience of my life.” – Philip Gary, Class 6

To read more reviews, or to write one of your own, visit www.greatnonprofits.org

2008
Recipient of the 2008 King-Heschel Award for Outstanding Community Service, Civil Rights Advocacy and Community Building from the Jewish Community Relations Council and NAACP

OUDC was recognized for our years of outstanding work bringing together African-American and Jewish teens throughout the Greater Washington area. 

The award was named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the most significant Jewish theologians of the 20th century. The two first met in Chicago in 1963 and later marched together from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March. 

2005-06
Recognized as one of “the best small charities in the Washington, DC region” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue showcases high impact, community-based non-profits (budgets of less than $3 million) in the DC metropolitan area that are making a vital difference in our community with limited resources. It provides these organizations with much greater visibility throughout the philanthropic community than they might otherwise achieve. 

OUDC has been vetted and endorsed by a distinguished group of professional grantmakers, DC government representatives, and leaders from leading foundations and nonprofit organizations. They evaluated applications for distinction, merit, cost-effectiveness, and accomplishment. You can invest in OUDC confident that your money will be used responsibly. 

You can view our profile online and request a copy of the Catalogue at www.catalogueforphilanthropy-dc.org.

2005-06
Recognized as one of “the best small charities in the Washington, DC region” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue showcases high impact, community-based non-profits (budgets of less than $3 million) in the DC metropolitan area that are making a vital difference in our community with limited resources. It provides these organizations with much greater visibility throughout the philanthropic community than they might otherwise achieve. 

OUDC has been vetted and endorsed by a distinguished group of professional grantmakers, DC government representatives, and leaders from leading foundations and nonprofit organizations. They evaluated applications for distinction, merit, cost-effectiveness, and accomplishment. You can invest in OUDC confident that your money will be used responsibly. 

You can view our profile online and request a copy of the Catalogue at www.catalogueforphilanthropy-dc.org

1997
Recipient of the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Meritorious Award

In recognition of OUDC’s service given to the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Youth Leadership Development Seminar Program; for OUDC’s ability to present an effective workshop that should bring about change in the lives of youth; and for OUDC’s dedication to the development of young Black men and women.