Archdiocese of Washington Subordinate

aka Archdiocese of Washington, Roman Catholic   |   Hyattsville, MD   |
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Archdiocese of Washington

EIN: 53-0196550  Subordinate info


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington's mission is to spread the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. We are home to 655,000 Catholics in 139 parishes in Washington, D.C. and five surrounding Maryland counties of Montgomery, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles, and Saint Mary's. The Archdiocese of Washington serves the community through more than 100 faith-based ministries. Our 93 Catholic schools educate and form more than 26,000 children. We are one of the largest private social service providers in the region, serving more than 142,000 people annually, regardless of faith or background, through food, shelter, counseling, adoption and foster care assistance, health care, immigration and legal aid, jobs training, and affordable housing.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Washington includes the District of Columbia and five surrounding Maryland counties of St. Marys, Charles, Calvert, Prince Georges and Montgomery. -655,000 Catholics -144 parishes and missions -Masses celebrated in more than 20 languages -92 Catholic schools serving 24,000 students -Three Catholic universities The Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, and Trinity Washington University, and six campus ministries: University of Maryland, George Washington University, American University, Howard University, Galluadet University, and St. Mary's College. -Awards $6 million in annual tuition assistance to Catholic school students -More than 142,000 men, women and children served by Catholic Charities each year -Raise $18 million/year for charitable causes -MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington & Holy Cross Hospitals in Silver Spring and Germantown, providing millions of dollars of charitable care each year.

Ruling year info


Archbishop of Washington

His Eminence Wilton Cardinal Gregory

Main address

5001 Eastern Ave

Hyattsville, MD 20782 USA

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Subject area info




Human rights

Human services

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Population served info

Age groups

Ethnic and racial groups


Social and economic status


NTEE code info

Unknown (Z99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Food Security Program

No one should go hungry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and with school closures, job disruptions, and health risks, thousands of people in our communities have turned to food banks for much-needed support.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of people served through our parish and school food security programs monthly in our area has grown to more than 15,000, with costs rising to more than $200,000.

The Community Food Security Program helps to sustain and replenish parish and school food pantries where demand has skyrocketed throughout the archdiocese.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations

Laudato Si’ calls us as people of faith to embrace environmental science and the science of climate change to protect and preserve the environment for future generations because the Earth is God’s wondrous creation and gift to humanity. The Archdiocese of Washington’s Laudato Si’ Action Plan provides grants to parishes to assist with launching and maintaining programs in local communities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Archdiocese of Washington provides support to crisis pregnancy centers annually through the Pro-Life Grant Program. These grants help each of our 11 pro-life partners to provide counseling, housing, and material support to families in need. In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case, we are expanding the Pro-Life Grant Program to provide grants for parish-based programs. These grants will help our parishes support the life and dignity of every person – at every stage and in every condition – through a variety of community-based ministries and initiatives.

Population(s) Served

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington strives to educate youth in the teachings of the Church, encouraging them to put their faith into action. Our largest event, the Youth Rally and Mass for Life, has inspired more than 425,000 young people who have participated in the annual event in Washington, DC since 1990!
The Youth Rally and Mass for Life is vital in forming young men and women who are willing to stand up for the dignity of every person, at all stages of life. Every January, young people will be joining us from across the nation for an in-person rally at Capital One Arena to promote reverence and respect for the sanctity of all life. The Youth Rally and Mass for Life will also include a virtual event for those who are not able to attend in person.
The Archdiocese of Washington is also proud to offer a Civil Dialogue and Training Forum to support Catholic youth and young adults across the United States.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Young adults

The Annual Appeal is born of God’s abundance in your heart, it is infused with grace to strengthen the more than seventy ministries supported by the faithful that are serving people in need throughout our local Church. This includes our work to defend and promote the dignity of life in all its stages; our educating of children in the faith; our catechetical formation of new Catholics; our formation of seminarians and promotion of vocations; our support of priests and religious; our care for our common home the Earth; our celebration of the diverse ethnic communities of this archdiocese; and many more charitable works.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Economically disadvantaged people

Our priests have dedicated their lives to ministry and served our spiritual needs from baptism until our final goodbyes. Our priests have guided us in our lifelong faith journey for many decades. To honor their sacrifices and lives of service to us and our communities, thousands of the faithful support the Retired Priests Collection annually to ensure that these faithful men receive a comfortable and dignified retirement by providing housing, living expenses, and affordable healthcare.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Retired people

Natural disasters, such as major earthquakes, flash floods, drought, wildfires, and hurricanes can devastate entire communities in a relative flash. These, and many other areas, suffered great loss of life and the work of rebuilding communities will last years.

The Faithful of our Church of Washington have many ties to these areas affected by the recent devastation and have always been generous to those in need, particularly when there have been natural disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund supports the rebuilding efforts in the areas affected by natural disasters.

Population(s) Served
Victims of disaster
Emergency responders

St. John Paul II encouraged young people to “let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are.” Catholic education programs empower our future leaders – the very foundation of our future Church – to take their next steps in learning and spreading the light of Christ.

• Catholic Schools Academic Excellence: Rooted in Gospel values and the teaching mission of the Church, our Catholic schools are learning communities of faith and service dedicated to educational equity and excellence for all students.
• Catholic Education Foundation: Tuition assistance, through the Catholic Education Foundation, provides support for families seeking to have their children benefit from the faith-filled academic excellence that is the hallmark of our Catholic schools.
• Campus Ministries: With programs at six college and university campuses within the borders of the Archdiocese of Washington, our campus ministries connect hundreds of young adults to Jesus Christ.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Young adults
Children and youth
Religious groups
At-risk youth

Parishes are the bedrock of ministry and outreach to our brothers and sisters throughout the communities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Through the support of the faithful parishes adapt ministries to continue providing a spiritual home to hundreds of thousands and serve tens of thousands in need no matter what obstacles or challenges that surface.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2023

Maryland Catholic Conference 2024

International Catholic Stewardship Council 2024

Diocesan Fiscal Management Council 2023

The Nonprofit Alliance - Catholic Development Council 2024

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation Certificate of Good Standing 2024

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.32 over 1 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.4 over 1 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 46% over 1 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Archdiocese of Washington

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Archdiocese of Washington

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Archdiocese of Washington

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $43,675,510
As % of expenses 55.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $37,207,589
As % of expenses 43.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $87,970,656
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 72.4%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.8%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 17.8%
Other revenue 9.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $78,663,931
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 24.4%
Professional fees 7.1%
Occupancy 1.4%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 8.1%
All other expenses 59.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $85,131,852
One month of savings $6,555,328
Debt principal payment $3,668,200
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $95,355,380

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021
Months of cash 2.4
Months of cash and investments 19.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 13.6
Balance sheet composition info 2021
Cash $15,807,557
Investments $111,860,727
Receivables $5,583,657
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $72,421,937
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 39.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 28.2%
Unrestricted net assets $133,207,787
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $8,621,849
Total net assets $139,829,436

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021
Material data errors Yes


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Archbishop of Washington

His Eminence Wilton Cardinal Gregory

Wilton Cardinal Gregory was born December 7, 1947 in Chicago to Wilton Sr. and Ethel Duncan Gregory. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 9, 1973, and three years after his ordination began graduate studies at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Sant’ Anselmo) in Rome. There, he earned his doctorate in sacred liturgy in 1980. On February 10, 1994, he was installed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, IL where he served for the next 11 years. On December 9, 2004, Pope Saint John Paul II appointed Bishop Gregory as the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and he was installed on January 17, 2005, and served for more than 14 years. Pope Francis appointed him as the seventh Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington on April 4, 2019. On October 25, 2020, Pope Francis named Archbishop Gregory one of 13 new cardinals from around the world. Cardinal Gregory was elevated by Pope Francis to the College of Cardinals on November 28, 2020.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Archdiocese of Washington

Board of directors
as of 05/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

His Eminence Wilton Gregory

Roman Catholic Church

Term: 2019 - 2030

Wilton Cardinal Gregory

Roman Catholic Church

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/3/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/03/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.