To implement informative, relevant, forward-focused training, the Center relies on skilled professionals who specialize in and are committed to supporting the nonprofit sector. During these past few weeks, our faculty has gone above and beyond enabling us to implement a rapid, real-time response to the unprecedented challenges of this crisis. Classes already scheduled were transitioned to webinar format and modified to address current issues, and we presented eight new COVID-19 related programs providing much needed information, tools and guidance.


We’re proud of and very grateful to these outstanding individuals:

Swafia Ames, Brighter Strategies

Sharon Anderson, The Anderson Difference

Flannery Berg, FMA

Sarah Bowman Ratjik, Human Resources, Inc.

Octavia Caldwell, Caldwell Group

Maria Carrasquillo, MJH Consulting

Alfreda Edwards, Edwards Consulting Services

Amir B. Eyal, Mylestone Plans

Lewis Flax, Flax Associates

Javier Goldin, Goldin Group

Mike Gellman, Fiscal Strategies 4 Nonprofits

Carol Hamilton, Grace Social Sector

Britt Hogue, The Collective Good

Barbra Kavanaugh, Brighter Strategies

Sergei Khadjiev, Goldin Group

Emma Kieran, Pilot Peak Consulting

Debbi Lindenberg, Cafritz Foundation

Stefanie Lomax, HR Pro 4 You

Payal Martin, Brighter Strategies

Daniel Mushala, Training Works

Fiona Oliphant, Healing Equity United

Barbara O’Reilly, Windmill Hill Consulting

Larry Robertson, Consultant

Mark Sachs, Mark Sachs & Associates

Will Schermerhorn, AtomStream Communications

Elizabeth Scott, Brighter Strategies

Alex Suchman, Brighter Strategies

Kathlyn Taylor Gaubatz, Consultant

Don Tebbe, Strategic Planning and Succession Planning Consultant

Gretchen Upholt, FMA

Rachel Werner, RBW Strategy

Meico Whitlock, Mindful Techie

Peter Wolk, National Center for Nonprofit Law

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… supporting local businesses through difficult times
The grants, funded by the DC Department of Small and Local Business (DSLBD), are focused on helping businesses work through the challenges brought on by the Coronavirus and will fund technical assistance, equipment, physical improvements and business development.


The Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street (UGAMS) awarded a total of $35,000, with grants going to the Missouri Avenue Market, PRMP Brow and Beauty Studio, Creative Ways Therapy, Galaxy Healthcare Solutions, Two Macs Barber Shop, J & J Mex Taqueria and Mail Ship and Print.

The Parks Main Street (TPMS) awarded a total of $34,000, with grants to De Colores Learning Center, Ramdass Pharmacy, Peaches Kitchen Restaurant, Senbeb Cafe’ and Natural Foods, the Davis Center, Integrative Bodywork, Troka Insurance and Manor Park Barber Shop.

The UGAMS and TPMS are members of DC Main Streets, a comprehensive program of the city’s DSLBD to revitalize neighborhood business corridors in the District of Columbia. The Center for Nonprofit Advancement provides fiscal and organizational management, leadership and technical assistance to each of them.

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This past Fall, the Center was proud to be asked to partner with Pepco in their 2020 Call for Exhibits at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, DC. Through a transparent and competitive process, nonprofit organizations across the Pepco service territory were selected to participate in a two- to four-week residency that involves an in-kind donation of gallery space at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery.


Congratulations to the organizations selected!

We invite everyone to come see the amazing, meaningful work of local artists capturing life in the DC area. Join us for the Opening Receptions, or stop by during the day. Located at 702 8th Street, NW in Washington, DC, the Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4pm.

Exhibit Schedule for January – June

January 15 – February 29
DC Infrastructure Academy Exhibition: “Life Beyond the Line”
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 13, 5:30 – 7:30pm

This powerful series of portrait photographs, captured by DC artist Reginal Cunningham, envelop the observer with the personal, vulnerable and dramatic character of Pepco’s line professionals who are recent D.C. Infrastructure Academy (DCIA) graduates. This exhibit brings the public face-to-face with the people delivering the area’s critical resource and asks us to consider the life beyond the line. Through sound and visual elements, this immersive multimedia exhibit encapsulates what life is like for these individuals beyond the transmission lines, and demonstrates how participating in the DCIA program has changed the lives of these local Washingtonians.


March 1 – March 20
Pulitzer Center Exhibition: “Crisis Reporting Everyday DC Exhibit”
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 11, 5:00 – 7:30pm

The Everyday DC photography exhibition aims to make positive contributions to media representation of DC by visualizing everyday life in the District through the eyes of DC public middle school students. The exhibition is the culmination of a photojournalism unit that was inspired by Everyday Africa, an Instagram feed aimed at countering negative media coverage of the continent.

The goals of the Everyday DC unit are to teach students to evaluate the composition and intent of the images they see, and to compose images that visualize underrepresented moments from everyday life in the District. By the end of the unit, students master photography techniques, caption-writing skills and exhibition curation. They are also able to articulate how they can compose photos that tell underrepresented stories about their city, and how the images they compose can work to combat dominant media representation of DC.


March 24 – April 10
National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest
Student Art Contest Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, March 24

DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools students will embrace their community “Home is where the Blossoms Are” with a focus on friendship, exploring what’s in their backyard and embracing cherry blossoms beyond the Tidal Basin. They will be encouraged to discover art and blossoms in their community and find other ideas through the Resource Guide.

Students are directed to create artwork that tells their “Home is where the Blossoms Are” story by discovering what cherry blossoms mean to their perspective communities, find similarities—via symbols, murals, patterns and culture, and think of how to express their thoughts in the framework of their own backyard. In the “group submission” category, a class can create a collaborative piece that tells a story with collaboration at heart.


May 1 – 31
The Beacon Newspapers and AARP Exhibition: “Celebration of the Arts 2020”
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 27, 5:00 – 7:30pm

This show will feature amateur artists over 50 who live throughout the Pepco service area and whose work has been selected through the online Celebration of the Arts competition conducted by The Beacon Newspapers. Artwork will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry, mixed media and photography that have been selected for prizes by professional artist jurors.


June 1 – June 12
Creative Expressions Youth Art Show
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 4, 5:00 – 7:30pm

The Creative Expression Art Competition (CEAC) was created to provide opportunities for youth in the District of Columbia Public and Charter Schools to experience the arts. The Inaugural Event on June 2014 was called Civil-Tea Citywide Creative Expression Competition with over 100 art exhibits and 22 schools participating. The experience provided a medium to give our youth a voice to express the effects of civility and incivility on their lives. The event also gave teachers a teaching moment to use various teaching methods to engage students in all aspects of civility.

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Paul W. Ruppert is an innovative entrepreneur who builds diverse teams that collaborate to create noteworthy projects. As president and founder of Warehouse Industries, Paul oversees the day-to-day operation of a restaurant and retail development company that conceives, builds and operates restaurants, art centers and retail outlets in Washington, DC. Recent projects include Slim’s Diner, Cappy’s Crabs, Crane & Turtle, Upshur Street Books, Petworth Citizen & Reading Room, Hogo and Room 11.


Paul grew up and currently lives in Ward 4. He is a former nonprofit executive and founding Treasurer of the Shaw Main Streets board. Through opening small businesses, he has connected with city agencies since the early 1990’s and is currently the Co-Chair of Councilmember Brandon Todd’s Ward 4 Business Advisory Committee. Recently, he was named a Distinguished Fellow at the Catholic University’s Busch School of Business, and advises students in the area of business development and entrepreneurial projects.

“This section of Georgia Avenue is one of the heartbeats of our city—a city where I have spent several decades working to build community through private enterprise. To be sure, the challenges for small businesses on Georgia Avenue are real. With Walmart at one end of the corridor, Target at the other and the Walter Reed project in the middle, our local independent businesses have to operate at their highest level in order to be successful,” observes Paul. “By supporting existing businesses through the proven Main Street framework, we can do our part to strengthen the business community. This increased vitality will in turn help attract new businesses and contribute to a thriving neighborhood. As the executive director of the UGA Main Street, I am excited to be a part of this challenge.”

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December 14 – January 3

Five cents from every donut sold at Sugar Shack (located at 804 N. Henry Street) during January will be donated to ACT for Alexandria, reported by Alexandria Living.

Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically! (ALIVE!) is featured in an article about their history and their accomplishments, posted on Alexandria Times.

Ford’s Theatre Society announced that audiences and the company of A Christmas Carol raised $83,388.91 for Bright Beginnings during performances of this season’s A Christmas Carol, reported by Broadway World.

Britepaths executive director Lisa Whetzel is quoted in an article that discusses the ‘giving gap’ since the GOP tax law took effect, reported by CNBC.

Lyft’s DC advisory council gave $25K in transportation grants to local nonprofits, $5,000 of which was given to Calvary Women’s Services and another $5,000 to Nueva Vida Inc., reported by

Patagonia announced that its community raised $10 million in donations to 1,043 grassroots environmental organizations in 17 days, including the City Kids Wilderness Project. City Kids executive director, Eloise Russo, comments on the impact in an article discussing Patagonia’s charitable efforts posted on

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) has announced that DC Central Kitchen is its community game-changing partner of the month for January 2020, as reported in

Karen Cunningham, executive director of Everyone Home DC, as well as Jesse Rabinowitz, Miriam’s Kitchen advocacy and campaign manager, are quoted in an article in The DC Line about how broken systems created homelessness and only multifaceted solutions can end it.

Buzz Roberts, chief executive of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, is featured in The Washington Post article discussing an overhaul of anti-redlining law that has sparked a rift among financial regulators.

Aaron Dorfman, president and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, is quoted in an article about the battle against billionaires and how it could reshape American giving, posted on Inside Philanthropy.

Potomac Health Foundation has announced its 2020-2021 Howard L. Greenhouse Large Grant Program call for Letters of Intent. This year, the focus is on Access to Health and Capacity Building. The Foundation will present a webinar about the opportunity on January 7 at 1:00 pm, and hold “office hours” to discuss potential projects January 13 and 14. LOI’s are due on January 24.

Laura Mayer, PRS CrisisLink Program Director, was interviewed by the Today Show‘s Tom Costello, an NBC News Correspondent. The interview covers the recent announcement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai that the FCC will consider establishing 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention hotline at their meeting on December 12, 2019. Laura Mayer was interviewed to share the national importance of this legislation and how it will impact local call centers, like PRS CrisisLink.

Deshapreca Robinson, a criminal justice reform leader with Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE), is featured in an article about legislators backing the public defender office in Prince William County, reported by WTOP.

The YWCA National Capital Area is proud to welcome five new members to its Board of Directors. According to CEO Monica Gray, “… we value and seek out leadership from women who are committed to racial, social and gender justice in both their professional and personal lives to help guide our organization.”


December 7 – 13

Nestle USA donates $200,000 to Arlington Community Foundation for child care scholarships supporting low-income families, reported by the Washington Business Journal.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that Bright Beginnings will be the infant and toddler care provider at Thaddeus Stevens Early Learning Center in Ward 2, as reported in The DC Line

The Campagna Center recently held its 2019 Alexandria Holiday Home Tour, and a recap with photos of some of the featured historic homes in Old Town Alexandria is posted on Alexandria Living.

Habitat For Humanity of Northern Virginia has recently wrapped up two projects in the Richmond Highway area, providing new homes for a senior citizen and a family of four, reported by Covering the Corridor.

HealthHIV has announced they are launching the Opioid Learning Institute, as reported in The DC Line.

Karen Cleveland, president and CEO of Leadership Fairfax, is quoted in an article about Fairfax officials recently tackling equity issues at a roundtable discussion, reported by InsideNoVa.

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter was one of the local nonprofits to benefit from this year’s Loudoun Empty Bowls event that raised $37,500, reported by the Loudoun Times.

Martha’s Table CEO Kim Ford is featured in an article in the Washingtonian about new developments at the organization, as well as her background.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced more than $2 million in awards for fiscal year 2020 through the Maryland Housing Counseling Fund, $38,000 of which was awarded to the Maryland Rural Development Corporation to provide housing counseling, reported by Kent County News.To combat drunk driving, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is sponsoring free rides through the holiday season starting next Friday, December 20, as reported by Tysons Reporter.

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November 23 – December 6

Heather Peeler, president and CEO of ACT for Alexandria, offers advice and tips on how to assess charities and give effectively this holiday season in Alexandria Living.

Alexandria Seaport Foundation is featured in an article about their story and impact posted on the Alexandria Gazette.

Ford’s Theatre announced that for the 11th year in a row, its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” will raise money for a Washington-based charity that is dedicated to eradicating homelessness, hunger and poverty. This year’s charity is Bright Beginnings,” as reported by Fairfax Times.

Calvary Women’s Services opens a new housing program called Reach Up. As winter approaches and temperatures plummet in the region, more women will have access to a safe home in a newly renovated building, as reported in The DC Line.

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) will present its 2019 Hands-on Help Award to former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, reported by the Daily Stock Dish.

Carpenter’s Shelter is featured in an article about how abandoned malls have been sputtering back to life with megachurches, rooftop pools and homeless shelters, reported by The Washington Post. Shannon Steene, Carpenter’s Shelter’s executive director, announced at a recent celebratory luncheon that the nonprofit raised $2,196,940, exceeding their fundraising goal for its New Heights campaign, reported by The Zebra.

CFH, Inc., formerly called Catholics for Housing, has named George Davies its new executive director. Davies will take over for the current executive director, Karen DeVito, when she retires at the end of this year, reported by The Arlington Catholic Herald.

Thanksgiving celebrations at Food & Friends included 600 volunteers preparing, wrapping and delivering full feasts to men, women and children referred to the regional nonprofit by their medical providers. Read the full story at WTOP.

Nicole Lynn Lewis, founder of Generation Hope, is quoted in a Washington Post article about parents in college needing child care, but federal dollars falling short.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) $2.8 million to expand a quality program and improve cybersecurity for medical devices, according to a recent press release. Read more about the story at HIT Infrastructure.

Miriam’s Kitchen is featured on NBC4 talking about their “Be My Neighbor DC” campaign. Scott Schenkelberg, president and CEO of Miriam’s Kitchen, also contributes to an article discussing how to make sure your donated items aren’t burdening charities, reported by The Washington Post.

DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter, My Sister’s Place, turns to smart panic buttons to help keep residents safe. Read the full story at The Washington Post.

Jim Goodman, president of the National Family Farm Coalition, is quoted in a Time article about why small American farmers are nearing extinction.

Suited for Change is included in an article discussing the disparity in clothing access in DC and how it makes it hard to dress for success, reported by The Georgetown Voice.

Together We Bake raised $22,821 on Giving Tuesday. These funds combined with their end-of-year campaign donations will support their upcoming winter class that starts in January, according to Co-Founder Tricia Sabatini in an article on The Zebra.

Volunteer Alexandria’s Community Toy Drive will continue through December 16th according to The Patch, where details about the drive and how to donate are posted.


November 16 – 22

Bright Beginnings is featured in an article in The Washington Post about Mary McCane and her grandson, Zhion, one of the many inspiring stories of how the school helps both parents and students. The story is part of the ‘The Washington Post Helping Hand’ series.

Britepaths seeks sponsors for Fairfax families during the holiday season, as reported in InsideNova.

A donation from Amazon has helped Carpenter’s Shelter meet its $2 million fundraising goal for the construction of its new building. Amazon donated $300,000, the single largest contribution to the homeless shelter’s New Heights Campaign, reported in The Patch.

The Nationals Foundation has launched a donation match of $150,000 to local nonprofits for Giving Tuesday (on December 3rd) of which $25,000 will be donated to DC Central Kitchen. Full story at MASN Sports.

Womble Bond Dickinson has been named the 2019 honoree in the Corporate Leadership: Organization category of the Northern Virginia Leadership Award presented by Leadership Fairfax, reported by citybizlist.

Donors to the Loudoun Impact Fund recently celebrated the award of grants totaling $102,000 to support 15 nonprofit organizations, one of which was Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter who received $10,000. The full list of awarded organizations and the story is posted on Loudoun Now.

Lyft recently partnered with Martha’s Table, enrolling more than 400 families who took more than 5,000 Lyft rides to and from local grocery stores. Full story at Forbes.

Adam Rocap, deputy director of Miriam’s Kitchen, is quoted in an article about what the organization and other similar local organizations are doing to end homeslessness in DC, reported by The DC Line. Miriam’s Kitchen also kicked off its Be My Neighbor Campaign to raise $250,000 to support their work of making DC a better place to live for all of its residents, particularly for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Restonians have banded together to launch ‘Light Up Reston,’ a community-wide initiative that aims to encourage residents to decorate homes for the holidays, to support charities, and to raise funds for Public Art Reston, Friends of Reston, and Cornerstones. Full story at Reston Now.

Nathan Toews, director of Meal Programs at Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA), published an article about ‘Caring Connection’ — a proactive program designed by SSA to bridge the gap between vulnerable older adults and health care professionals who can address issues before they develop into something more serious. The full article is posted on Connection Newspapers.


November 9 – 15

The Washington Post Helping Hand will take place over the next eight weeks. This annual fundraising drive supports three local nonprofit groups, including Bright Beginnings. Columnist John Kelly will tell stories of the organizations and the people they serve to inspire and encourage donations, according to The Washington Post.

The Caregiver Action Network(CAN) and its chief executive, John Schall, as well as the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and its CEO, Sandy Markwood, are featured in an article about what steps are being taken to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps to help older adults, reported by The Washington Post.

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) will be presenting the 2019 Hands-on Help Award to former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, reported by Globe Newswire.

Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), is quoted in an article discussing Rep. Norma Torres recently announcing legislation protecting students’ access to basic needs, reported by IECN.

Chef Marcelle Afram of Bluejacket won DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight, a signature fundraising event that raises over $815,000 for the local nonprofit’s culinary training and anti-hunger programs, reported by CSRwire. Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen, is quoted in an article about activists protesting USDA changes that threaten free school lunch, reported by NPR.

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) and its Veterans Education Project (VEP) is partnering with Concorde Career Colleges to join forces in advocating for US military veterans and addressing their growing educational and career training needs, reported by Business Wire.

Donald Trump will pay judge-ordered fines to DC area charities, including Martha’s Table and the United Way of the National Capital Area, reported by the Washington Business Journal.

Chef Cheryl Bell of Miriam’s Kitchen and her crew are featured in an exclusive article about their recent Veteran’s Day experience giving back to vets, reported by WJLA.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has proclaimed the week of November 17-23 as Discover Catholic Schools Week—a nationwide opportunity for prospective families, donors and other partners to learn more about Catholic school education, reported by Catholic Star Herald.

Rebuilding Together is featured in an article discussing their mission and their recent partnership with Sears in helping veterans, reported by The Zebra.

Jennifer Bires, executive director at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, is quoted in an article about ‘survivors guilt’ and its effect on cancer survivors, reported by Cure.A Veterans Day ‘search-and-rescue mission’ targeting the District’s homeless was organized and led by Veterans on the Rise and the Union Veterans Council of the AFL-CIO. The full story is reported on The Washington Post.


November 1 – 8

Heather Peeler, CEO of ACT for Alexandria, published an article discussing how to help local nonprofits excel in the Alexandria Times.

Michelle Bloodworth, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, is quoted in articles discussing the EPA recently walking back two Obama rules on coal plant toxic waste, reported by the Washington Examiner and Environmental Protection.

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) is featured in an article about the difficulties homeless face when it comes to voting, reported by MotherJones. An Arlington bicycling group will host its first annual “Cranksgiving” charity ride, a scavenger hunt ride that will take place on Saturday, November 23 at 10am and will benefit A-SPAN, as reported in ARLnow.

Jeff Chester, director of the Center for Digital Democracy, is quoted in an article about regulators being expected to make Google’s purchase of Fitbit more difficult, reported on Zawya.

Olivia Golden, executive director at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), comments on a bill sponsored by senators Kamala Harris and Jeff Merkley to extend school days for elementary students, as reported by KDRV12.

Wala Begay, the staff attorney for the District of Columbia Nurses Association, is quoted in an article about potential funding for the United Medical Center, reported by the Washington Informer.

Cheryl Bell, the executive chef for Miriam’s Kitchen, is featured in an article about DC and its high food insecurity rates, reported by The GW Hatchet.

Virginia expanded its natural area preserves by 315 acres, 63 of which were conserved through open-space easements with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, reported by InsideNova.

In support of Senior Services of Alexandria, patrons enjoyed the organization’s 8th annual ‘Oktoberfest Tour and Tasting’ this past October 15 at Port City Brewing Company, raising more than $26,000. The full story and recap are in Alexandria Gazette.

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The Center has been awarded a grant from DSLBD to help create the new Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street, as well as provide fiscal and organizational management, leadership and technical assistance. The Center is currently conducting a leadership search to fill the position of Main Street Executive Director for the UGA Main Street. We encourage all who are interested to review the job description and apply by the deadline—5:00pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

For more information, please email Carla Trussell, Interim Executive Director, Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street, or call 202.247.1521.

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Progressive Life Center (PLC) has been awarded the grant to serve as the Administrative Partner for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) 2020 Community Programming Initiative (CPI) Service Coalition. The Center is partnering with PLC to deliver training and capacity building support to the selected coalition of providers.

This program serves as a bridge between youth, families and the community through outreach, engagement and other supportive services. Learn more about its positive impact and the Center’s new role in this collaborative effort.

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October 19 – November 1

ACT for Alexandria’s work toward building racial equity capacity is featured in an article by Alexandria Living.

Michelle Bloodworth, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, is featured in an article in The Washington Examiner about expectations rising for another Trump effort to aid coal.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was honored by the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) with its Congressional Champion Award for his leadership in supporting policies, reported by Fremont Messenger. Also, Eric Scharf, Wendell Foster CEO, has accepted a seat on the ANCOR board of directors.

‘Zoup!’, a new restaurant in Ballston, hosted two “sneak peek” previews on October 18 and 19, collecting over $1,700 in donations for the Arlington Community Foundation, reported by QSR Magazine.

Arts On The Horizon presents the world premiere of SQUEAKERS & MR. GUMDROP on December 5 through 21, 2019 at The Lab at Convergence in Alexandria, Virginia. Read more about the play at Broadway World.

Brighter Strategies will hold The Culture Journey—a fun, interactive opportunity to learn about culture and apply the concepts to your own organization—on November 12, from 1:00-4:00pm at Goodwin Law Offices, 1900 N Street NW, Washington, DC, and is extending a discount to Center members.

Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz, executive director of Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB), is featured in an article about saving money and how much you should aim for, particularly in DC, reported by WAMU 88.5.

The Center for Alexandria’s Children recently celebrated the city’s first responders who serve the community’s toughest cases, those including abused and neglected children. The event is recapped at Alexandria Times.

The Center was awarded its second grant from DSLBD, this time to establish and operate the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street. They are currently inviting individuals and organizations interested in serving as representatives on the founding board of directors to send an email along with resume and/or bio to Glen O’Gilvie (copy Ericka Best at by close of business on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Meg Booth, executive director of Children’s Dental Health Project, was awarded a 2019 Shils Fund Innovator Award in recognition of her “Excellence in a Nonprofit Organization” efforts to transform the status of children’s oral health across our nation, reported by Yahoo Finance.

FreshFarm and Community Foodworks are merging, creating the nation’s third-largest farmers market group, reported by The Washington Post.

Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) awarded its 2019 Justice Grant to Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. (DOL), reported by PR Newswire.

The VA and Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) partner to increase access to suicide prevention resources for its members, reported by Southern Maryland Chronicle. Daniel Elkins, legislative director for EAGNUS, is featured in an article about lawmakers, interest groups and military officials saying more needs to be done on guard and reserve parity, reported by the Federal News Network.

Subhalakshmi Nandi, director of the International Center for Research on Women, is featured on BBC’s list of 100 inspirational women in 2019.

League of Women Voters receives Champion of Democracy award from DC Vote. Read more at Oakland News Now.

Martha’s Table recently celebrated their 20th year for Empty Bowls fundraiser. The event is recapped by The Whig.

The Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) announced it has been awarded $2.8 million in funding by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the expansion of the Case for Quality and medical device cybersecurity programs, reported by Business Wire.

Stacey Metcalfe, director of government and community relations for Inova Health, discussed equity and the social determinants of health with Patricia Matthews, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Valmarie Turner, assistant county administrator for Loudoun County, and Karen Schaufeld, a local philanthropist and author, at a Community Foundation summit, reported by the Loudoun Times.

Pacific Retirement Services (PRS) hires Rouxbe to bring culinary innovation to senior living. Read the full story at PRWeb.

Pathway Homes, Inc. kicked off its 20th Annual 5K Help the Homeless Walk on Saturday, October 19 at the Veterans Amphitheater in Fairfax City. The event is recapped at Fairfax Connection.

Deadline for the 2020 Call for Exhibits is this Friday, November 8 at 4:00pm. Through a transparent and competitive process, a minimum of twelve nonprofit organizations across the Pepco service territory will be selected to participate in a two- to four-week residency that involves an in-kind donation of gallery space at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery.

Mary-Claire Burick, president of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, is featured in an interview discussing the new Rosslyn City Center and what else is up-and-coming in the area, in The Washington Post. Burick is also featured in an article about Arlington’s H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program and Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program having completed their relocation, reported by the Washington Business Journal.

Local craft beers, original artwork, and amazing food are all up for grabs at The Art League’s annual Art on Tap, on November 1st. More about the event at Alexandria Living.

Signal Vine, the leading provider of blended SMS communications with students across the education industry, has announced a new mission-driven partnership with The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC), reported by PRWeb.

The Veterans Consortium announces William S. Foster, Jr., Esq., is the new chairman of the executive board, reported by PR Newswire.

This Is My Brave is bringing its final College Edition performance to Tufts University, Tuesday, November 5, reported by Broadway World.

Volunteer Alexandria is exclusively featured in an article discussing ways people can get involved with their programs, reported by Alexandria Living.

Kurt Gregory Erickson, president of Washington Regional Alcohol Program, the organization that conducted the region’s SoberRide effort in collaboration with Lyft and other partners on Halloween, is featured in an article about their success, reported by InsideNova.

October 12 – 18

Smithfield Foods has donated $100,000 and 40,000 pounds of protein to DC Central Kitchen, according to Globe Newswire. DC Central Kitchen was also featured live in a WUSA9 special where they gave a preview of their Capital Food Fight fundraising event.

Karen Cunningham, executive director at Everyone Home DC, is featured in an article posted on Greater Greater Washington discussing ‘couchsurfing,’ the simple idea behind DC’s homelessness prevention program.

Lyric Thompson, director of policy & advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women, was part of a live discussion on Plugged In with Greta Van Susteren addressing child marriages and what is being done to stop them. Full video can be found at Voice of America.

An event hosted by the Alexandria Health Department and the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria was recently held to engage residents from across the city to discuss the underlying causes behind local challenges with affordable housing, poverty, and mental health. The full story and a recap can be found at Zebra.

Dr. David Weintritt and the organization he founded, the National Breast Center Foundation, were featured in an article about their cause and their recent event, “Walk to Bust Cancer,” on The Zebra.

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care has announced its 2019 Leadership Award winners. Awards will be presented at their 43rd Annual Conference, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia during the Awards Reception on Monday, November 4th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom. View the award winner’s full bios at the National Consumer Voice website.

Tidewater Community College announced its sixth president will be Marcia Conston, a vice president at a community college in Charlotte, NC. See the full story in The Virginian Pilot.

Each year, Volunteer Alexandria’s Annual Community Toy Drive, which will start on November 13., calls on community members to donate to their cause. Learn how you can help at Alexandria Living.

October 5 – 11

The Arlington Community Foundation is accepting proposals for funding from its Arlington Education Fund and the Julie Dickson Brown Memorial Fund, reported by Inside NOVA.

The 2019 Celebration of Giving, hosted by The Community Foundation of the New River Valley in September at Sinkland Farms, took place last week and is recapped by The Roanoke Times. CFNRV is also pleased to announce its annual call for scholarship applications opened October 1. High school students, college students and adults returning to college in the New River Valley can review more than 40 available scholarship opportunities and apply here.

DC United Goalie Bill Hamid is featured in an article in which he discusses DC Scores and his experience with the organization, posted on Washingtonian.

Fair Chance returns to one of DC’s landmark locations to host its highly anticipated Butterfly Bash fundraising celebration at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday, October 18 at 7:00pm. More at the Patch.

Since the Foundation Center joined forces with GuideStar to become Candid, they have shifted the way they work to better serve the Washington, DC and Northeastern communities. Their library resource center closed to the public on October 1, and they are redirecting library customers to nearby Funding Information Network (FIN) locations as part of this shift. Select trainings will be hosted on-site, but an increased focus will be placed on bringing trainings to communities through local FINs. Go to to see when they will be in your community, and to also find a FIN location near you.

Friends of Guest House‘s newly opened residential reentry program has provided twenty formerly incarcerated women with a new home. More about the story and the organization can be found at the Patch.

In the past five years, the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter has more than doubled its budget. Their story and organization is featured in an article on Loudoun Now.

Martha’s Table is featured in an article about creative partnerships with nonprofit developers in Washington DC. that can ease the affordable housing crisis, posted on Washington Business Journal.

McLean ArtFest attracted thousands to Central Park on October 6. The event and the host, McLean Project for the Arts, are featured on The McLean Connection.

On October 17, Miriam’s Kitchen president and CEO Scott Schenkelberg will join Professor Alnoor Ebrahim, author of Measuring Social Change, for a lively discussion from 6:30-7:30 pm at Kramerbooks on 1517 Connecticut Ave, NW. Those interested should reserve their free tickets here.

The District’s oldest domestic violence shelter in January will begin hosting dedicated play programming for children living there thanks to a new partnership between the DC-based Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and the organization that runs the shelter, My Sister’s Place, reported by Curbed.

National Catholic Education Association celebrates two honorees in the Archdiocese of Washington with Seton Awards, reported by the Catholic Standard.

Melanie Lockwood Herman, executive director and CEO of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, is featured in an article about whistleblower policies and why your organization should have one, posted on Associations Now.

Shop in support of senior citizens on Community Giving Day where Whole Foods will be giving 5% of net sales from the day to Meals on Wheels America, which is locally operated by Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA), reported by The Zebra.

Local residents raised more than $100,000 to support local women in The National Breast Center Foundation‘s annual walk in Fort Hunt Park on October 6. More about the event at Alexandria Living.

The nonprofit organization Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) will again partner with Lyft to provide a SoberRide service to parts of Washington, DC and Virginia for Halloween celebrations from October 26 – 27, reported on Patch.

Scott Nova, executive director of Workers Rights Consortium is quoted in an article speaking out against a company in China flagged for forced labor that makes baby pajamas being sold at Costco. More on the story is at 41 WMGT.

September 28 – October 4

The Butterfly Effect Mural Fundraiser, a result of a partnership between Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Tasha Wahl, ACT for Alexandria, Asana Partners, and Bloomers, has raised over $10,000 for 100+ nonprofits. Read more about the story on The Zebra.

The Arlington Community Foundation has announced additional speakers for its Spirit of Community luncheon, to be held on October 15, reported by InsideNova.

RiverSmart, a program of the DC Department of Energy and Environment, partners with Casey Trees. More about their efforts and what is being done to conserve the trees of DC at Forest Hill Connections.

Karen Cunningham, executive director at Everyone Home DC, is featured in an article about DC drastically reducing the number of people in shelters, reported by Street Sense Media.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) will showcase four of its ensemble groups in a concert, Small Ensembles Extravaganza, which will be held October 26. Learn more at MD Theatre Guide.

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded Loudoun County a $750,000 grant to strengthen the county’s response to domestic violence as a result of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and the Leesburg Police Department collaborating with Loudoun County, reported by Loudoun Times.

On September 21, hundreds of Ward 8 residents went to Martha’s Table to vote in the 2019 biennial convention election for the Ward 8 Democrats’ new officers. More on the story at the Washington Informer.

The 13th annual MPAartfest was held at McLean Central Park on October 6 by the McLean Project for the Arts. Read more about the event and its art at Inside Nova.

Both Miriam’s Kitchen and Healthy Living, Inc. are featured in an article discussing healthy eating and tools for eating healthy in DC, posted at On Tap Magazine.

Local parents recently attended a “Community Forum on the Safety of Playgrounds and Artificial Turf Fields in D.C.,” at which Diana Zuckerman with the National Center for Health Research was featured as a panelist. More about the community meeting at WUSA9.

The Center is proud to be partnering with Pepco in their 2020 Call for Exhibits at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, DC. Through a transparent and competitive process, a minimum of twelve nonprofit organizations across the Pepco service territory will be selected to participate in a two- to four-week residency that involves an in-kind donation of gallery space.

On September 18, Gene Wiley, board president of The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area, Inc., awarded $5,000 to Just Neighbors, reported by Connection Newspapers.

The Parks Main Street (TPMS) was featured in the Washington Post as they celebrated the birthday of their oldest entrepreneur and discussed the core focus of TPMS. Their mission is to address issues of economic, racial and gender disparities in business for entrepreneurs in their community by providing businesses with improvement grants, technical assistance, mentoring and promotions that keep them going.

Volunteer Alexandria is having a party in Ivy Hill Cemetery on October 30 with music, drinks, food, a costume contest and more, posted on Alexandria Living. Volunteer Alexandria also invites children between 6 and 12 year olds to prepare 75 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches to be donated to a local school, learn more at The Zebra.

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September 21 – 27

The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT and Prince William County Schools Office of Special Education are presenting a workshop called “Recipes for Disaster” on Wednesday, November 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Learn more about the event at Prince William Living.

Anne Vor der Bruegge, director of grants and initiatives at the Arlington Community Foundation, wrote an article titled, “Can Everyone Share in Prosperity? A Few Big Businesses in Arlington Say ‘Yes’,” published by ARLnow.

Building Bridges Across the River is featured in an article discussing the benefits of building bridges for equitable economic growth in DC, published on CitiesSpeak. Scott Kratz, vice-president of the organization, is featured in an article about a proposed 11th Street Bridge Park gaining support in Anacostia, featured on WUSA9.

The second annual 5k run, Home Run for the Homeless, is scheduled for October 5 at 9:00am in Arlington. The proceeds will go to Bridges to Independence and two other nonprofits that provide housing, employment and child care services to homeless parents in Northern Virginia. Learn more on the DCist.

Damien Ministries was among the nonprofits selected to benefit from the Cherry Fund this year, receiving a $5,000 grant, as reported by the Washington Blade.

Leanpath launched the ‘12.3 Initiative’ to expand the reach of food waste prevention tools and expertise, and DC Central Kitchen is the first recipient, reported by Business Wire. Chef Marcelle Afram is featured in an article about ‘the changing face of food events’ and DC Central Kitchen’s annual event, Capital Food Fight, posted on the Washington City Paper.

DC Vote executive director Bo Shuff joined FOX to discuss if DC should become the 51st state, posted on FOX5.

On October 6, 2019, the National Breast Center Foundation will hold its 4th annual Walk to Bust Cancer at Fort Hunt Park, as reported on Alexandria Living.

Kathryn Monet, CEO of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, is featured in an article discussing how advocates have found success in ‘housing first’ to combat veteran homelessness, reported on The Hill.

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) is featured in an article about shuffling staff and their focus on social justice, reported by The Nonprofit Times.

The National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) discusses their new plan for growth and makes changes to its leadership team, reported by PRNewswire.

Caitlin Kelly of the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is featured in an article about the OAS commission holding a hearing on Cuba human rights abuses, reported by the Washington Blade.

This week, reporters from across the nation gathered at the University of Michigan for the Education Writers Association’s annual higher education seminar. The event is summarized on Idaho ED News.

Kurt Erickson, president of the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program, was interviewed for an article discussing a new law that increases prison time for convicted drunk drivers, reported by 105.9 WMAL.

September 14 – 20

ANCOR, American Network of Community Options and Resources, is featured in an article discussing a shortage of direct support professionals hindering community inclusion reported in the Daily Herald.

Jessica Sanders, director of science and policy for Casey Trees, is featured in an article about a debate on whether to save eight old trees or build more affordable housing in DC, reported by The Washington Post. Casey Trees is also mentioned in an article discussing what Washingtonians can do to help curb climate change, reported by DCist.

Jeffrey DeShawn Richardson has been appointed the new Executive Director of CBE Leadership Council at Center for Black Equity, reported on the Washington Blade.

Wendy Cervantes, director of immigration and immigrant families at CLASP, is featured in an article discussing the back to school season after the recent shootings and immigration turmoil, reported by The 74. Olivia Golden, executive director of the same organization, is featured in an article about Mazie Hirono introducing a bill to block the Trump administration’s public charge rule expansion, reported by KITV4.

For the next 51 days, DC Vote will send a three-by-five-foot 51-star flag to anyone who donates at least $51, reported by the Washingtonian.

Hrant Jamgochian, CEO of Dialysis Patient Citizens, is featured in an article about how critics skewer fine print in mandatory kidney care model, reported by Healthcare Dive.

Carlos Quesada, executive director of the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, is featured in an article about the Inter-American Dialogue’s recent event called, “Weaponizing Justice: Rule of Law and Cuba’s New Constitution,” reported on The Dialogue.

The Fredericksburg City Council named Lloyd F. Moss, of the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic, to the Wall of Honor, reported by

Solutions Global (SSG) partners with National Human Services Assembly to expand access to SSG’s products, solutions and insights, reported by Stocks Beat.

Diane Yentel, president and chief executive of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is featured in an article about the Trump administration recently floating a new role for police regarding homelessness, reported by the Beaumont Enterprise.

Public Art Reston is featured in an article about their Chalk Fest at Reston Town Center 2019, posted on The Connection.

Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, president and CEO of Quality Education for Minorities Network, is featured in an article discussing statements made by the Trump Administration regarding HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), reported by Diverse Education.

Jim LaGraffe, executive director of the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, is featured in an article about the addiction recovery process, reported by Fauquier.

Sommer Ingram Dean, staff attorney at the Student Press Law Center, is featured in an article about the ‘growing hostility’ between student media and administrators, reported by the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

The T. Howard Foundation and the journey of its fellows are featured in an article by NCTA.

Together We Bake and their mission is featured in an exclusive article reported by NBC Washington.

United Way of the National Capital Area is featured in an exclusive article about its mission with its Project Homeless Connect, reported by WUSA9.

Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, is featured in an article about First Lady Melania Trump giving the White House a makeover, reported by Time.

September 7 – 13

The Army Historical Foundation and its new museum are featured in an article on WJLA.

A 5K race to support Arlington social-safety-net efforts will kick off at 9am at Bluemont Park, 601 North Manchester Street. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, including Bridges to Independence, reported by Inside Nova.

Olivia Golden, executive director at the nonprofit Center for Law and Social Policy, is featured in an article about America’s poverty rate falling while household incomes remain the same, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement will hold its 40th Annual Celebration on Tuesday, November 5, from 8:00 to 10:30am, at Union Stage in Washington, DC, with featured guest, Ibram X. Kendi.

Through City Kids Wilderness Project and his organization, Soul Trak, Tyrhee Moore is enhancing the lives of his community’s next generation by helping them discover local nature as well as some of the world’s more beautiful landscapes, according to SNews.

On September 19, DC elected officials will speak at a hearing for H.R. 51, a bill to make DC the 51st state in the U.S. Bo Shuff, the executive director of DC Vote, talks about grassroots advocacy for statehood in a podcast on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Karen Cunningham, executive director of Everyone Home DC, is featured in an article about the new naloxone pilot program in DC, reported by the Washington City Paper.

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Independence Empowerment Center is sponsoring a festival on October 12 at the Park West Lions Club in Manassas, that will have games, musicians, artists, face painting, and a silent auction, reported by Prince William Living.

Committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of Washington, DC area women, children and families in need, Many Hands awards four grants annually, one each in the focus areas of education, health, housing and job readiness. The grants include a $100,000 Impact Grant and three Partner Grants. Questions about the grants can be emailed from October 1-15, and answers to all questions received are posted on their website. Applications are due by November 15.

On Sunday, October 6, the National Breast Center Foundation is holding its third annual Walk to Bust Cancer to increase awareness and celebrate survivorship. Check-in begins at 7:30am, and the 1.2 mile walk begins at 9am. Participants are encouraged to register ahead of time.

The Alexandria Health Department and the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria invite all community members to a community health workshop on Saturday, October 5 at T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus, reported by Zebra.

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District is featured in an article about Flags Across Rosslyn, posted by WTOP.

Wednesday, September 25, Suited for Change will host its monthly Boutique Sale at 1023 15th Street NW, Suite 601, Washington, DC from 4pm – 7pm. New and like-new clothing, accessories and shoes will be available at affordable prices. All proceeds will help provide women in transitional circumstances with professional clothing, job-readiness support and pathways to achieve financial independence.

Co-chair of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), Becca Gillespie Messman, is featured in an article on The Presbyterian Outlook.


September 1 – 6

For years, Ward 8 residents have been undercounted during the decennial census, but the Anacostia Coordinating Council has determined that the 2020 census will be different and is featured in a story posted on the Washington Informer.

Heather Peeler, President & CEO of ACT for Alexandria, is featured in an exclusive interview on Alexandria Living.

Center for Digital Democracy is mentioned in multiple articles discussing the recent fine paid by Google of $200 million for alleged YouTube privacy violations, published on Android Central, Silicon Republic, and VPN Compare.

DC Safe was among those that responded to the potentially toxic dust cloud from an artificial turf field that briefly settled over a Bethesda neighborhood recently, as reported on WUSA-9.

International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is featured in an article about a well-known Nicaragua LGBTI activist recently being arrested, reported by the Washington Blade.

McDonald’s is set to expand its pre-employment training pilot to DC and Prince George’s County while partnering with local organizations, including the Latin American Youth Center, reported by MENAFN.

A fundraiser dinner for McLean Project for the Arts will take place on September 10th in McLean, reported by the McLean Connection.

The president and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, Lee Sherman, will retire in November, after having led the Washington, DC based nonprofit association for three years, reported by NYN Media.

Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is featured in an article discussing the Trump administration releasing housing finance reform proposals, reported by Affordable Housing Finance.

Through a partnership between Public Art Reston, Reston Association, and Atlantic Realty Companies, Artist Ben Volta’s new public artwork for the ‘Colts Neck Road Underpass’ has received its final design approval, putting the project on track for installation later this month, reported by Reston Now.

Page County Sheriff’s Office, along with other organizations like the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, are partnering for the 2nd Annual Stuff-the-Cruiser event, reported by WHSV-3.

Space of Her Own has been featured as the nonprofit of the month by The Patch.

The co-founder and executive director of This Is My Brave, Jennifer Marshall, wrote and published a powerful article about her story, her organization, and what can be done to improve mental health for young people, posted on Pennlive.

Together We Bake is featured in an article recruiting volunteers for their upcomming events, posted on The Zebra.

WV Caring (formerly Hospice Care Corporation) will be welcoming golfers to their 31st Annual Dr. D.R. Davis Golf Classic this coming weekend, at Preston Country Club. All proceeds from the event will be used to help patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses, reported by Mountain Statesman.

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