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: PRS

For more than 50 years, PRS has served individuals living with severe mental illnesses, mild intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and anyone who faces life crises.

In addition to the life saving support of CrisisLink (a 24-hour call and text hotline), PRS also provides a course-based program focused on community integration, life skills training, employment services, housing and more. With these life changing services, clients increase self-sufficiency, reconnect with family, friends and community, and enjoy independent, fulfilling lives.

PRS appreciates the Center’s focus on best practices for nonprofits in all areas and values the benefits of membership, particularly VitalHealth, the Resource Center and the variety of Training opportunities, including leadership training.

“The Center is the only entity focused on our region and its invaluable nonprofits. PRS has learned a lot from other member organizations, which has helped us to be the best leader we can be in our field,” says Wendy Gradison, CEO and past recipient of the EXCEL Award. Gradison has also served on a selection committee for the EXCEL Award, and PRS has been an AIM Award finalist.

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