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: PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families

PHILLIPS’ mission is to provide special education, support services, family counseling and career and technical education for youth with behavioral health needs. At PHILLIPS, youth and families find hope. Students experience the feeling of pride—being part of a team constructing houses; learning about additive manufacturing in 3D design and print classes; growing microgreens, vegetables and herbs in an indoor hydroponic vertical farm; and cooking dishes utilizing their fresh produce in a culinary arts program.

For five decades, PHILLIPS has been a ground breaking nonprofit in the area of special education. They see the masterpiece that is every child and provide opportunities to succeed.

PHILLIPS appreciates the Center's focus on best practices for nonprofits, especially in goal setting, fundraising, fiscal stability, internal structure and strategic planning. PHILLIPS’ Chief Operating Officer, Trixie Herbert, participates in the Center's COO Cohort and has taken advantage of a variety of training opportunities.

"We were delighted to be the recipient of a grant from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation in partnership with KaBOOM! to build a new playground at our Laurel campus," shares PHILLIPS' President & CEO, Piper Phillips Caswell. "The best practices learned through training and networking with a community of peers positioned us to be selected by knowing how to effectively communicate the need of our youth.”

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

$66,000 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.