Our Mission

To strengthen, promote and represent nonprofit organizations that directly impact and renew our communities, transforming the lives of those who live here.

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: Sitar Arts Center

Sitar Arts Center provides multidisciplinary arts education to the children and youth of Washington, DC in a nurturing, creative community where young people discover their inherent talents and gifts. Fostering personal and artistic growth through visual arts, music, drama, dance, digital arts and creative writing, the Center offers after-school, weekend and summer classes to more than 800 students a year, 80% of whom come from low-income households.

A member of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement since 1999, Sitar Arts Center has utilized the support, resources and many benefits of membership to build and strengthen capacity. Sitar has also participated in award applications and selection committees, and was the recipient of the 2015 Washington Post Award for Excellence [now the AIM Award].

“This prestigious award helps to both recognize Sitar Arts Center’s exceptional management practice while "setting a high bar" for future staff and leadership.  The AIM Award continues to provide valuable external and independent recognition and is often leveraged in areas of funding requests to demonstrate Sitar's capacity and strong commitment to being a valued nonprofit partner.” —Maureen Dwyer, Executive Director

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