Our Mission

To strengthen, promote and represent nonprofit organizations, empowering them to meet the diverse, changing needs of our communities.

Our Members

Our member organizations touch the lives of countless adults, children and families throughout our region, and in some cases, throughout the nation and the world.

Our members protect our environment, help the homeless, support the arts, feed the hungry, advance education, provide employment assistance, nurture the sick, champion the underserved, and so much more. Their dedication and hard work have a direct, life-changing impact on our communities.

Member Highlight: DC Central Kitchen

A Center member since 2013—and one or our recent site visits, DC Central Kitchen is the nation’s first community kitchen. It was founded in 1989 by Robert Egger, a young nightclub manager who was frustrated by his volunteer experiences with traditional charitable responses to hunger and homelessness. So, he pioneered a new concept for tackling the problems.

Robert’s idea incorporated reducing food waste by picking it up from other places and turning it into balanced meals for shelters and nonprofits. At the same time, the model was able to provide training for jobless adults. Robert also became an early adopter of ‘social enterprise’ and started hiring DC Central Kitchen culinary graduates to staff revenue-generating contracts in 1996.

Expanding significantly in size and impact over the years, DC Central Kitchen has outgrown its original home and is moving to the Michael R. Klein Center for Jobs & Justice at 2121 First Street SW. The new space will enable them to triple their capacity, extending both the behind-the-scenes kitchen capacities and welcoming spaces for social, educational and volunteer activities.

There are many ways to get involved with DC Central Kitchen, including their very popular annual Annual Capital Food Fight. Held for the 18th time this past April, the event raised $750,000 for the nonprofit, with Chef Benjamin Lambert of The Point DC emerging as the winner. And currently—from June to October—look for special Thursday shifts where volunteers help harvest crops at local farms. Learn more at DC Central Kitchen.

Our Team 

Created in 1979, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement is the nation’s first state association for nonprofit organizations. For almost four decades, the Center has continued to grow and advance, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group:

Board of Directors



Our Impact

The Center’s primary service region includes Washington, DC, Prince George's and Montgomery Counties in Maryland and the state of Virginia. However, the Center welcomes any 501(c)(3) nonprofit that wishes to join.

Identifying, monitoring and sharing new and shifting trends within the nonprofit sector, the Center works collaboratively with local experts to develop custom programs and solutions. Through our training, resources and relationships with the corporate, philanthropic and government community, we help our member nonprofits save more … do more … and succeed more—ultimately achieving a more sustainable future.

The Center serves thousands of nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members, making it easier for nonprofits to fulfill their missions by helping them:

Strengthen capacity through training opportunities

1,500+ participants a year

Reallocate more funds to programs with operational savings

10%-50% discounts through group purchasing opportunities

Gain expert insights, market exposure and cash awards through competitions

$29,000 cash grants awarded each year

Network with nonprofit colleagues, industry experts and leaders in the foundation and government sectors

Countless invaluable connections


Our Values

We believe that...

Nonprofits are an essential ingredient in the health of our communities and our democracy. Strong nonprofits lead to better communities, better quality of life and a better democracy.

Nonprofits are stewards of public trust. Transparency and accountability are the foundation of that trust.

Diversity in all forms — organizations, people, religions, and culture — is part of our vitality. Promoting diversity and practicing inclusiveness makes us stronger.

The vibrancy and effectiveness of nonprofits hinge on information, education, celebration, collaboration, and representation. Nonprofits deserve a strong voice in the affairs that affect them. Together, we shape the future.

Intention, commitment, optimism, and a belief in a better tomorrow are vital ingredients in our growth and development and our service philosophy. Every day we strive to do better, be better, serve better.

Social Impact Vision

Effective nonprofits, thriving communities.