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: Home Care Partners

Home Care Partners serves the Washington, DC metropolitan area with a mission to enable vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities to remain in their own homes with comfort, safety, and dignity.

The organization was founded in 1957, then known as Homemaker Service of the National Capital Area. Aides were called “Homemakers” and helped families with young children. With passage of the Older Americans Act of 1965, their focus shifted to helping the elderly and adults with disabilities. Since then, Home Care Partners has been committed to providing comprehensive home care services, supporting family caregivers, and improving home environments to facilitate aging-in-place.

The organization provides a range of services including personal care, homemaking, respite care, and companionship to assist seniors and adults with disabilities in their daily activities. Home Care Partners' trained home care aides and professional social work and nurse case managers work closely with clients and their families to develop individualized care plans tailored to their unique needs. The organization also offers educational resources and support to family caregivers to help them manage their loved ones' care needs and ensure their own well-being.

Marla Lahat, the Executive Director of Home Care Partners, is a passionate proponent of the invaluable access to expertise provided by the Center. "Being a member of the Center has been very beneficial for Home Care Partners. Membership not only connects us with our peers in the nonprofit space doing similar work, but it also provides us with access to experts in accounting, insurance, and other areas critical to nonprofit management."

Our Team 

Created in 1979, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement is the nation’s first state association for nonprofit organizations. For more than 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

$29,000 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.