Bob Wittig is currently the executive director at the Catalogue for Philanthropy. The Catalogue provides fundraising help and capacity-building to approximately 400 small nonprofits in the DC metro region. The Catalogue helps its partner organizations leverage their existing capacity to optimize mission impact.

From 2002 until 2017, Bob was the executive director of the Jovid Foundation in Washington, DC.   Prior to Jovid, he served as the executive director at Academy of Hope, development director at Joseph’s House and was the direct marketing manager at Special Olympics International.  In 1992, he was part of the first group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Ukraine.

Bob has written articles for CharityChannel and was a contributing author to YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs.  In 2015, together with Susan Schaefer, he coauthored Nonprofit Board Service for the GENIUS.

Bob’s board service includes: founding board member of Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School (treasurer); All Souls Church Unitarian (treasurer); Workforce Organizations for Regional Collaboration; and the Ross Elementary School PTA (treasurer).

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Getting to Know You: Approaching a New Program Officer

When approaching a foundation for the first time, the person doing the talking for the grant seeker is the face of the organization. How you handle the initial approach will result in the grant seeker taking either two steps forward or three steps backwards in terms of establishing a relationship with the program officer. In…

Client Outcomes -- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow!

Has this ever happened to you in your agency? John is homeless and has been attending your programs and working with staff for several months. He is making great progress. He has been interviewing for jobs and actively looking for permanent housing. The last conversation he has with your program's case manager is that he…

Government Grant Writing Success Begins in a Coffee Shop

After working for a large nonprofit organization (where I had only limited development exposure), I decided to work for a small agency where as development director I would learn how to do "everything." "Everything" included government grants. Government grant writing was an unknown to me and I didn't really know what to expect. The day…

Ten Things to Know About Budgets

A well presented budget and budget narrative can greatly help make your case to a funder. This is especially true if you are approaching a funder for the first time. I certainly know from my experience as a grant writer that I often put considerable effort into creating a masterpiece narrative describing my organization and…