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Awards & Honors

  Volunteer Arlington Award

Doorways for Women and Families’ Volunteer Resources Manager, Melissa Kenney, received the Leadership Center for Excellence’s 2017 Volunteer Arlington Leadership Legacy Award. Recipients are selected for their demonstration of leadership in our community and support of the Leadership Center’s mission “to enlighten, inspire and connect” leaders in our community. The recipients also exemplify a variety of leadership capacities, visionary thinking, servant leadership and ethics in thoughts, words and actions. Read more.

“I love working with volunteers because they inspire me every day,” Melissa said. “Our volunteers’ passion, energy and commitment to addressing issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and family homelessness make a real difference in the lives of so many right here in our own community.”

  IMA Best in Class Award

The Doorways for Women and Families website redesign by Matrix Group International, Inc., a digital agency in the Washington, D.C. area specializing in web design, development, AMS, integration, branding, mobile and e-marketing services, received the 2016 Best in Class Award, the IMA’s top honor. Read more.

   2015 Brava Award

Doorways’ President and CEO, Caroline Jones, wins the 2015 Brava Award! The Brava Awards program celebrates female CEOs, nonprofit leaders and high impact executives who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava Award winners are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Read Caroline’s profile here.

“I’m honored to receive the 2015 Brava Award along with many impactful leaders. I am so grateful for Doorways’ dedicated community of supporters and our staff and volunteers for making our work possible, and I thank our survivors for teaching us how to have the greatest impact in their lives and our community,” said Caroline.

 2014 James B. Hunter Human Rights Award

The awards are given each year to individuals and organizations who show a “sustained commitment and/or outstanding accomplishment in the area of human rights made in Arlington.” Read the full press release here.

  Charity Navigator

Doorways has been awarded high ratings from Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, for eight years in a row, signifying that we are one of the most recognizable and trusted nonprofit brands outperforming most charities who advocate for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. See Doorways’ full Charity Navigator Profile and view Doorways’ 4-star certificate.

Washington Post Award Logo  Washington Post Award for Excellence

Doorways, Arlington’s leading provider and advocate for survivors of homelessness, violence and abuse was honored on June 15th by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the 2009 winner of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. Now in its 21st year, The Washington Post Award is a competitive program open to all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the Washington metropolitan area. Candidates are judged in the areas of fiscal management, information and communication, organizational development, people development, planning, resource development, risk management and use of technology. Read Former Congressman Jim Moran’s Congratulatory Statement in the Congressional Record.

  Catalogue for Philanthropy

Doorways has been a recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy since being elected as a feature charity in the 2009-10 Catalogue. A panel of 90 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, larger non-profit organizations, and the DC government evaluated nearly 240 applications; Doorways for Women and Families was one of 68 outstanding nonprofits to be featured that year. Now in its 12th year, the Catalogue has become a trusted intermediary connecting smaller, community-based organizations with individual and foundation donors. View Doorways’ online profile.

Additional Awards


Doorways voted Best Non-Profit Organization in the Sun Gazette’s 2015 Best of Arlington


Doorways wins Shining a Light Photography Contest (see the photo)


Doorways’ President and CEO Caroline Jones recognized as one of the Washington Business Journal’s “People on the Move”


Doorways selected by the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s 2010 Annual Media Summit for the “Moving Your Message” Winner: Social Media Advocacy a Success for Doorways


Doorways awarded Innovation Award for Partnership with Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing


Doorways selected by Washingtonian as one of the great Washington area charities


Doorways For Women and Families Awarded Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant


Arlington Chamber of Commerce Honors Doorways for Women and Families
Doorways for Women and Families Wins James B. Hunter III Community Hero Award