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: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

As CLASP celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, it continues working to advance a vision for America rooted in economic security and racial equity—and that places the lives of people with low-incomes and people of color front-and-center. CLASP’s team of skilled and knowledgeable policy experts lift up the voices of low-income children, families and individuals; equip advocates and organizers with policy ideas that work; build coalitions and partnerships to advance a bold vision; and help public officials put good ideas into practice. Through high-quality analysis grounded in data, advocacy and a strong public voice, as well as hands-on technical assistance, CLASP supports the implementation of strategies that deliver meaningful results to people across America.

CLASP has been a member of the Center for almost 20 years. They have provided their dedicated staff with affordable health insurances through VitalHealth and encouraged their team to take advantage of training opportunities to broaden skills. Through various events, resources and the COO Cohort, they have strengthened their network, extending their outreach in the government, commercial and nonprofit sectors.

“The Center has been an outstanding partner to CLASP, and membership has been beneficial to our team on many levels. It has extended opportunities to connect with and learn from peers in the nonprofit world, as well as provided meaningful professional development for our team, senior level executive coaching and other valuable leadership training. We thank the Center for their commitment and support as we at CLASP continue to combat constant threats to social and economic security and push forward toward a more positive vision for all.”

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.