PRESS RELEASE Mayor Muriel Bowser to Speak at DowntownDC Holiday Market for #GivingTuesday Community Celebration


WASHINGTON, D.C.— Nov. 21, 2017

#GivingTuesday, the global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, will be celebrated with a community gathering in the nation’s capital. This will be the first time the District will hold such an in-person event for #GivingTuesday. Last year 98 countries participated in #GivingTuesday and $177 million was raised online.

Mayor Muriel Bowser will speak to donors, nonprofits and other community leaders at the celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the DowntownDC Holiday Market, which is marking its 13th year as home to unique gifts from the District and around the world.

The DowntownDC Holiday Market will open on Black Friday (Nov. 24) and run for four weeks, until Saturday, Dec. 23. This year’s Market features over 150 curated, hand-crafted items.

The market is produced by Diverse Markets Management (DMM) in partnership with the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID). Organizers see the Celebration of #GivingTuesday as a way to highlight Washingtonians who give back at this special time of the year.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy, Washington’s trusted “go to” source for connecting citizens to the very best nonprofits in our region, will also be participating in its new role as the community leader for #GivingTuesday.


WHO:       Mayor Muriel Bowser

Neil Albert, President and Executive Director, DowntownDC Business Improvement District

Bob Wittig, Executive Director, Catalogue for Philanthropy

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation

Michael Berman, President, Diverse Markets Management

Jim Stephanson, Guitarist


WHAT:     Celebration of #GivingTuesday

Entertainment and free samples from DowntownDC Holiday Market vendors

Costumed characters


WHEN:    Tuesday, Nov. 28

11:30am–12:30 p.m.


WHERE:   DowntownDC Holiday Market

F Street NW between 7th and 9th

Washington, D.C.



About Diverse Markets Management

Diverse Markets Management (DMM), LLC is a DC-based firm specializing in the development and management of outdoor public exhibitor markets. Principals in the firm are experienced leaders in specialty vending and in managing relations with this unique group of small business entrepreneurs. Members of the DMM team have an experienced and successful history of working together on markets, especially at historic Eastern Market. Because DMM has actual investments and livelihoods based on vending and deep roots in the city, there is a particularly personal commitment to a market’s success. DMM is strongly dedicated to developing and maintaining a financially sustainable market while enhancing the ongoing integration of a market into the community. @DMMEvents

About the DowntownDC BID

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in 1997 and is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong and accessible. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships and enhancing the DowntownDC experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @downtowndcbid.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is the region’s only locally-focused guide to giving and volunteering. We believe in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change. Our goal is to create visibility for our charities, fuel their growth with philanthropic dollars, and create a movement for social good in our region.

Since 2003, the Catalogue has raised more than $40 million for our network of vetted charities. Every nonprofit in our network is evaluated for excellence by a team of over 120 local experts. Each organization in our network is assessed for impact, community needs and financial transparency.

We highlight the best local charities, and their work, to show what is possible when caring citizens connect with worthy causes, acting together on behalf of the greater good. Our vision is a stronger, more resilient community, here, where we live.

About the UN Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at: