GatherDC sets the new standard for outreach in cities with large populations of unaffiliated Jews. GatherDC, the nexus of young Jewish life in Washington, DC, is at once an online calendar, a magnet for newcomers, and a coordinator for dozens of previously disparate efforts to engage 20- and 30-somethings. Career opportunities and educational responsibilities bring countless young Jews to Washington, DC every year, and they turn to GatherDC by the thousands to find their communities of choice. The GatherDC website features a master calendar for projects and events, a blog for discussions of all things Jewish, and the popular feature, Jewish Guy and Girl of the Week.
With no denominational or political agenda, GatherDC has emerged as the agreed-upon atlas for the DC Jewish community. Its website allows users to find interesting events to attend, but many people go beyond this simple function, using the platform to post their own projects and connect with each other. Hundreds of readers attend happy hours, where nearly 70% report meeting a new friend, and many also participate in service activities, like the homeless outreach program Midnight Mitzvahs.
GatherDC is funded as a collaboration between the United Jewish Endowment Fund of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, The Morningstar Foundation, and EJF Philanthropies.