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: Thompson-Markward Hall

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) has been a home away from home for thousands of women for the last 133 years. Their mission is to provide affordable, safe, semi-temporary housing (two weeks to two years) for women ages 18-34 who are re-locating to Washington, DC for school or work. TMH welcomes on average 370 women per year from more than 30 countries and all 50 states. Residents are interns, recent graduates, young professionals and graduate students from all backgrounds and socioeconomic status.

TMH’s history dates back to 1833, when its founder Mary Wilkinson recognized the need and opened her own home to two young women. In 1887, the Young Woman’s Christian Home was chartered by Congress, and in 1931, a bequest from Mrs. Flora Markward Thompson established a convalescent space for women. In 1937, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated the space as Thompson-Markward Memorial Hall, which was converted to a dormitory in 1938. Today TMH is no longer religiously affiliated, but is just as committed to providing a safe, affordable, female-only community.

TMH has been a member of the Center for 31 years. Executive Director Jennifer Sharp notes, “The Center is an exceptional resource for organizations seeking continued education for staff and board members. As a graduate of the Center’s Executive Preparation Institute (EPI), I was especially impressed with the array of resources and expertise the Center offers. Their staff, experts and educational opportunities are vital for ensuring our organization operates according to best practices, enabling us to more efficiently carry out our mission.”

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.