About Us


The Greater Washington Urban League is a major interracial, nonpartisan, nonprofit social services and civil rights organization with headquarters in the District of Columbia and offices in the District and Prince George's County, Maryland. Our mission is “to increase the economic and political empowerment of blacks and other minorities and to help all Americans share equally in the responsibilities and rewards of full citizenship.” We empower communities and change lives using the approaches of social work, advocacy, law and other disciplines. The League with a staff of 60 individuals from various disciplines provides direct services and advocacy to more than 65,000 individuals annually. The League manages and administers some 30 programs in the areas of Education, Employment and Training, and Housing and Community Development. We are a membership organization governed by a 40-member Board of Directors and an advisory board that provides expertise and guidance to support our programs.

The Greater Washington Urban League continues to seek creative ways to involve the private sector and community groups in joint ventures. The League is a 501(c)(3) organization and a member agency of the United Way of the National Capital Area, Designate #8214. We invite you to join the Greater Washington Urban League family. Memberships are available for individuals and corporations. Learn more about membership categories.