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: Council for Court Excellence (CCE)

Founded in 1982—and a Center member since 1983, CCE works to enhance the justice system in the District of Columbia. Together with their dynamic volunteers and community partners, CCE conducts research, advances policy reforms, and educates and engages the public. Some of CCE’s projects are designed to strengthen laws and policies, building better justice for all. Some shine a light on systemic problems or possibilities for innovation. Others encourage individuals to understand the justice system and empower them to improve it.

CCE's substantial record of impact spans civil, criminal and youth justice, as well as justice education. Their work has been the driving force behind the one day/one trial jury system in DC Superior Court, reform of DC’s administrative adjudication system, improvements in child neglect and abuse cases, adoption of criminal record-sealing laws, and many other efforts. CCE also publishes plain-language materials related to DC’s laws and court processes, hosts educational events, and holds forums on topics of law.

“At CCE, we are incredibly grateful for the diverse range of nonprofit resources the Center for Nonprofit Advancement is able to provide. CCE’s membership with the Center helps us to support our amazing and hardworking employees with benefits and training opportunities and, ultimately, to fulfill our mission!” shares Misty Thomas, Executive Director for the Council for Court Excellence.

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.