August 24 – 30

ACT for Alexandria is mentioned in an article about the local fight to end racial inequality, reported by Alexandria Times.

American’s for Peace Now argue for two-state support at meeting with Envoy Friedman as discussed in their featured article on The Jerusalem Post.

The Army Historical Foundation is featured in multiple articles discussing the official announcement of their new National Museum of the U.S. Army to open in June 2020, reported by USA Today and the DCist.

Beacon House welcomes three new board members: Tony Elachkar, a Managing Director with Guidehouse LLP, Candice Gayl, an Air Force veteran who has been working as an independent consultant for 15 years, and Glenda Lee, a lead instructor with the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) at Ballou Senior High School.

Bright Beginnings is mentioned in an article about Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud and her winning of the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award, reported by the Washington Mystics.

Capital Area Asset Builders is featured in an article about DC’s experiments with giving rental subsidy recipients control over their spending, reported by Street Sense Media.

Carpenter’s Shelter is mentioned in an article discussing a local Alexandria mall redevelopment, reported by Alexandria Living. The organization is also mentioned in an article about the annual event, Taste of Old Town North, reported by the Alexandria Times.

Catholics for Housing (CFH) is featured in an article discussing Northern Virginia’s growing crisis in affordable housing, reported by the Catholic Herald.

Child Care Aware is mentioned in an article featuring a recent report that found the cost of child care in Virginia has risen 7 times more than women’s wage growth, reported on

Sarah Hall Aguila, director of operations at Central American Resource Center, is interviewed in an article discussing why certain immigrant communities thrive in Washington, DC, reported by US News.

Community Foodworks is mentioned in an article discussing how urban farmers are working to end ‘Food Deserts in DC’, reported by AFRO.

The Council for Court Excellence is featured in an article discussing the future of DC’s halfway houses for men, reported by the DCist.

Patty McCarthy Metcalf, executive director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, is interviewed in an article discussing HHS efforts to change SUD privacy rules, reported on Health Data Management.

The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) intends to start assisting the news media with their own new media service that will give expert commentary any time a hazardous materials incident occurs, reported by Benzinga.

Miriam’s Kitchen is featured in an article discussing the many ways that leftover food turns into meals for DC’s homeless community, reported by DCist.

The National Family Farm Coalition is mentioned in an article discussing a new farm policy and whether or not the policy will help rural America rebound, reported by Civil Eats. Jordan Treakle, also with the Coalition, is featured in an article discussing financial problems and mental health concerns for farmers, reported by Tristate Homepage.

PRS CrisisLink celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a special event on Thursday, September 19, 6:00–8:00 pm at the PRS Administrative Office and PRS CrisisLink Call Center in Oakton, VA. Visit their website to RSVP or for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC is working with NBA Star Stephen Curry on a new golf program at Howard University, reported by CNN.

Together We Bake has received a $10,000 lifeline from AT&T, as reported by The Zebra.

Amy Pisani, executive director of Vaccinate Your Family (formerly known as Every Child By Two), is featured in an article discussing new federal rules that allegedly threaten to discourage undocumented immigrants from vaccinating their children, reported by STAT.

Washington Interfaith Network and their lead organizer, Jennifer Knox, are featured in an article discussing the Wells Fargo announcement of a $1 billion investment into affordable housing. Reported by AFRO.

Washington Regional Alcohol Program will host a “Football & Fundraising” event September 18 in Fairfax City to benefit the organization’s anti-drunk driving initiatives, reported by Patch.

August 17 – 23

The Anacostia Coordinating Council was one of 16 organizations to receive part of an $800,000 grant awarded by Mayor Bowser for 2020 census community engagement, featured in an article on WAMU 88.5.

April Foreman, Ph.D., an executive committee member for the American Association of Suicidology, is featured in an article about suicide prevention, reported by Woman’s Day.

Sarah Meek, director of legislative affairs for the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) is interviewed in an article about Trump extending a program helping people leave ceratin institutions, reported by disabilityscoop.

The Army Historical Foundation is featured in an article about their efforts to help open a new interactive museum in northern Virginia, reported by Leisure.

Bright Beginnings is featured in an article about Richmond police officers helping children with back-to-school shopping, reported by NBC 12.

Casey Trees is mentioned in an article for their efforts to help save D.C.’s trees from Dutch elm disease, reported by USA Today.

Abel Nuñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center, is featured in an article about making D.C.’s immigrant communities count in the 2020 census, reported by WAMU 88.5. The organization is also part of a group of advocates suing the Trump Administration over a rule targeting immigrants of color, reported by Colorlines.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is referenced in an article discussing Dollar Store’s success and its effect on low income Americans, reported by KUOW.

Enlisted Association of the National Guard is featured in an article discussing the fight over for-profit colleges’ funding centers for veterans, on The Wall Street Journal.

Everyone Home DC is featured in an article in the Washington Post encouraging people to give back through the organization’s programs. The nonprofit is also featured in an article about the Sip and Savor event on September 14, in which some of the proceeds will go to Everyone Home DC, reported by The Hill is Home.

Friends of Guest House will open a new home next month in Old Town for formerly incarcerated women, reported by Alexandria Living.

Lung Cancer Alliance‘s merger with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation to form the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, was highlighted in US News. Their partnership with eHealth app Belong.Life to improve treatment management was reported by Cision PR Newswire.

The International Center for Research on Women is featured in an article discussing ways to improve your presence as an introvert, reported by Refinery29.

The International Spy Museum is mentioned in an article referencing some of its exhibits and featuring a CIA disguise artist from the Cold War era, reported by PBS News Hour.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is hosting a new schedule of classes this fall for adult English-language learners in a variety of locations across Northern Virginia, reported by insideNOVA.

Miriam’s Kitchen is featured in an article about a local restaurant that donates customer reservation cancellation fees to the nonprofit, reported by the Washington City Paper.

Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, is featured in an article discussing the Virginia Crime Commission and their data on mass shootings, reported by The Washington Post.

The National Council of Negro Women, the Tom Joyner Foundation and PUSH Excel announced a partnership with Denny’s recently. The celebration event was recapped by Rolling Out.

Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is featured in an article discussing Trump’s rule to make it tougher to prove discriminatory housing practices, reported by ABC News, NBC News, and Newsone.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, in partnership with other local community partners, will host a community suicide prevention conference in September according to Inside NoVA.

The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C., is featured in an article discussing famous athletes, like Tiger Woods and Stephen Curry, and their efforts to improve diversity in golf, reported by The Washington Post.

Washington Regional Alcohol Program is mentioned in two articles about Virginia’s law enforcement plans to increase DUI checkpoints on Labor Day weekend, reported by Richmond Times and The Connection.

The Worker Rights Consortium is featured in an article discussing apparel brands like Levi Strauss and The Children’s Place uniting to tackle gender-based violence in Lesotho, reported by Just Style. The organization is also featured in articles discussing its recent report on the Levi’s, Wrangler, and Lee seamstresses that are being harassed in Lesotho, reported on Kokomo Tribune and Fashion United.

August 10 – 16

Lucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy at the Arc of Northern Virginia, was awarded the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award during the 2019 Disability Awareness Awards Ceremony according to The Zebra.

Arlington Community Foundation will hold its annual Spirit of Community Luncheon to honor this year’s William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community award recipient Dr. Alfred Taylor, Jr. on October 15, reported by

At Home Alexandria is referenced in an article about Jane King, an Alexandria native who has made invaluable contributions to making Alexandria a more livable community for older adults, reported by Zebra.

The American Association for Suicidology is referenced in an article discussing suicide survivors and what can be done to help them in The Barnstable Patriot.

W. Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, is featured in an article discussing Taiwan’s intent to increase defense spending amid China instability, reported by Military Times.

Britepaths needs help providing school supplies and monetary donations are especially sought, according to an article published by the Fairfax Connection.

Building Bridges Across the River is featured in an article discussing D.C.’s highly-anticipated bridge park by OMA and OLIN coming in 2023, reported by The Architects Newspaper. They were also highlighted in The Washington Post for their support of CulturalDC’s “The Barbershop Project”.

Martha Arevalo, executive director of Central American Resource Center (CARCEN), is featured in an article discussing children of TPS (Temporary Protected Status) holders fighting for their parents’ protection in court, reported by NBC News.

Capital Area Asset Builders‘ partnership with the District of Columbia to administer the DC Opportunity Accounts program was featured in Fairfax Times.

The Carpenter’s Shelter received the 2019 Disability Awareness Award presented by the American Physical Therapy Association as reported by The Zebra.

Elizabeth Lower-Basch, director of income and work supports at the Center for Law and Social Policy, is featured in an article discussing the Department of Homeland Security’s recent finalization of its “public charge” rule on The American Prospect. She is also featured in an article reporting that illness is one of many new factors to count against immigrants seeking US residency, in The Washington Post. Olivia Golden, executive director of the organization, is featured in an article discussing the “public charge” rule in Arab American News.

Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, is featured in an article reporting that a ‘big data’ firm sold Cambridge Analytica’s methods to global politicians, in Quartz. Jeffrey is also featured in an article discussing privacy questions as humans reviewed user audio at Facebook reported by WILX-10.

Child Care Aware of Virginia is featured in an article promoting their shipment of 1,000 hang tag giveaways, designed to remind parents, grandparents and other caregivers that young children are still in the car, on

Chef Venod, a recently appointed board member of DC Central Kitchen, is featured in an article by WUSA-9 discussing his background and his many contributions to the community.

The Fund for the Future of Our Children is referenced in an article discussing Grace Cavalieri, a Maryland poet laureate, who frequently works with the organization, reported by Capital Gazette.

The International Center for Research on Women is listed in an article featuring organizations that are fighting for women’s rights in the US and abroad, on Insider.

International Spy Museum hosted hundreds of partygoers for the “Mission Impossible: Party Protocol” sponsored by Brightest Young Things according to The Washington Post.

John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, is referenced in an article discussing the Green New Deal, reported on CNN. The Institute is also referenced in an article reporting on Amazon’s delivery infrastructure on Vice.

The League of American Orchestras is referenced in an interview with Damon Gupton, an actor on a tv series titled ‘Black Lightning’, who helped Damon with his musical pursuit, reported by the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding announced that Susan Fiske Koehler will serve as Executive Director according to Loudoun Now. Koehler, who has served in the role on an interim basis, also served as a judge for The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s AIM Award.

The Lorton Community Action Center is referenced in an article discussing the National Night Out in Lorton, an event they coordinated that took place on August 6, 2019, posted on Fairfax Station Connection.

Maryland Nonprofits President and CEO, Heather Iliff, discussed the decline in charitable giving to arts organizations in Greenwich Time.

McLean Project for the Arts unveils lineup for the upcoming festival, the MPAartfest, in the Tyson Reporter.

Brittney Washington, a senior caseworker at Miriam’s Kitchen, is featured in an article discussing racial equity and homelessness, reported by Street Sense Media.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is featured in an article discussing aging in place programs on Next Avenue.

Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, is featured in an article discussing teen vaping and the astounding rate of hospitalization as a result, reported by CBS News and is also in Yahoo Entertainment.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is mentioned in an article discussing the story of the son of a MIA Vietnam vet flying his dad’s remains home on  NPR  and in the Toronto Sun.

Lori Smetanka, executive director of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, is featured in an article discussing a recent analysis finding most nursing facilities are failing in CMS requirements around RN staffing, reported by McKnights.

Denny’s will serve as a presenting sponsor of the 2019 National Council of Negro Women’s ‘Hungry For Education HBCU Tour’ as reported by Yahoo Finance.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is referenced in an article discussing ideas, policies, proposals, suggestions and radical notions to fight the affordable housing crisis on President and CEO, Diane Yentel, is also referenced in an article discussing a new Trump administration rule cracking down on legal immigrants in Michigan, on Michigan Advance as well as Curbed.

Wharton seminars for business journalists announces two all-expenses-paid fellowships for its October 2019 program, courtesy of the National Press Foundation, as reported by Yahoo Finance.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle is now accepting applications for its 2019 grant cycleNonprofit organizations and schools can apply for grants of up to $20,000 to support STEM programs serving girls and young women, preschool through college age in Northern Virginia.

Partnership for Global Security is referenced in an article discussing advanced nuclear reactors and their promise of clean energy for gulf countries on Utilities.

John Hedrick, vice president of operations of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, is featured in an article discussing a parks innovative new approach with toilets that use worms to compost your bathroom waste, reported by Popular Science.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities‘ legal director, Morgan Whitlatch, was featured on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Wednesday, August 7, discussing the need to extend the DDA Health Initiative contract to allow for meaningful stakeholder input on the future of health care coordination services for DC residents with intellectual disabilities.

Tina Campanella, Quality Trust’s CEO, was quoted in the Washington Post on July 25 on the DC government plan to end disabilities services contract.

Amy Schwartzman, senior Rabbi at Temple Rodef Shalom, is featured in an article discussing Tyson’s Corners’ lack of a single congregation and local faith leaders desire to help it find its soul, reported on GGWashington.

Wesley Housing Development Corporation announced three additions to their real estate development team on The Zebra.

A report by the Worker Rights Consortium was recently published and has been featured in a CBS News article referencing the sexual harassment and violence at Levi and Wrangler jean facilities.


August 3 – 9

Colleen Creighton, executive director at the American Association of Suicidology, was interviewed for a webinar discussing crisis management on PR News.

Americans for Peace Now (APN) urges Congress and presidential candidates to commit to supporting two states, and to reject Trump’s departure from this long-held principal US policy objective, in a featured article on The Arab Daily News.

Antoine Elachkar, Managing Director at Guidehouse, has been named to the Board at Beacon House, as reported by PR Newswire.

Bright Beginnings is featured in an article discussing their recent efforts to aid students with school shopping on the Yadkin Ripple.

Casey Trees is featured in an article discussing the recent lack of rain and its effect on the local environment by The Washington Post.

Abel Nunez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), discusses the recent mass shootings, as well as what is and can be done to prevent them in a podcast on Sputnik.

Jeff Chester, director of the Center for Digital Democracy, is featured in an article discussing concerns with data rights on Clay Today. The Center is also featured in an article discussing Facebook and a proposed privacy settlement and new oversight on Media Post.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) Executive Director Olivia Golden, is interviewed in an article discussing recent ICE raids, English Forums. Carrie Welton, a policy analyst at CLASP, is featured in an article on Education Drive discussing college groups voicing their support for a bill to help students get SNAP benefits.

The Council for Court Excellence is featured in an article discussing the lack of halfway houses for men returning from federal prison in The Washington Post.

DC Vote is featured in an article discussing ‘the agony of statelessness in DC’ on The DC Line.

Effie Worldwide is featured in an article discussing South African advertising and media case studies on The Media Online.

Hemophilia Federation of America seeks additional explanations from Bayer on mislabeled Kogenate recall, as reported by Hemophilia News Today. CEO Kimberly Haugstad has left HFA and been hired by Global Genes as CEO, as reported by PR Newswire.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. will be performing at the National Trans Visibility March Benefit Concert on August 23, as reported by Washington Blade.

Kelly Blanks has joined Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice/Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) as the nonprofit’s first director of development, reported by Loudoun Now.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging awarded MARC, a home-delivery meal service organization, its 2019 Aging Innovations Award for MARC’s recent app as reported by Shawnee Mission Post

The National Center For Health Research is featured in an article discussing the dangers of vaping on the Inquistr. The Center’s president, Diana Zuckerman, was interviewed in an article discussing expensive medications and the money in big pharmaceuticals on USA Today.

The National Council of Negro Women founder, Dorothy Height, was recently remembered locally for her legacy of leadership at a luncheon event reported by the SacObserver.

A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows blight of housing instability in an article on Orlando Sentinel.

The Parks Main Street helped three local small businesses receive a total of $50,000 from the District’s Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to support improvements to their operations and better meet changing customer demands.

PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families is featured in an article discussing how 3D printing has helped kids with autism on Yahoo.

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club is featured in an article discussing the best locations for hiking in the area on Fauquier Times.

Rick Blum, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press’ policy director, is featured in an article discussing a controversial board policy recently instituted by CalPERS’, reported by Chief Investment Officer.

Matthew Costello, senior historian for the White House Historical Association, is featured in an article discussing the history and symbolism of the U.S. Presidential Seal on Lindsay Chervinsky, also a historian at the Association, was interviewed in an article discussing presidential vacations in the past by The Washington Post.

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It’s time to get serious about keeping top performers on your team. That is the takeaway message from a new report from Nonprofit HR, a Washington-DC based research and consulting organization.

The 2019 Talent Retention Practices Survey chronicles staff retention strategies and practices in over 350 nonprofit organizations from across the US (and some from Canada). Respondents were evenly distributed across the spectrum from small employers (fewer than 10) to large (more than 500 employees), and across budget sizes, from less than $1 million to more than $40 million. The report is one of the first (if not the first) to identify and quantify the challenges around employee retention in nonprofits.

The Center recently published an article in its 2019 Nonprofit Agenda about the cost and downside of employee turnover. As a supplement to that article, here are some steps that key leaders in your organization can take to keep your top performers from leaving. 

What CEOs need to know and do

Know where your organization stands when it comes to retention: What’s your turnover rate, particularly among your high performers and first-year employees? Where are your turnover hot spots? What’s driving those hot spots? And more important, what can you do about them?

  • Recognize that whether you’re aware of it or not, your nonprofit has a reputation as an employer. If you don’t have a listing on Glass Door or one of the other employee rating sites, that won’t last long. Word on the street is rapidly being replaced by word on the web. And it’s not just prospective employees who are checking out those sites—it’s prospective donors as well.
  • Recognize that the three main drivers of employee retention—culture, leadership and career quality—are things under your direct control. What changes do you need to make to your leadership style or organizational culture to improve employee retention? How can you enhance your employees’ career quality?
  • Consider implementing “skip level” conversations. These are periodic conversations with front-line employees about how you can make your nonprofit a great place to work and what staff need specifically to stay with your organization.
  • Use programs like TINYpulse to gather direct, unfiltered information about how your employees are feeling about your organization and their jobs, and what’s enhancing or hindering their performance.
What nonprofit boards need to know and do

While your chief executive is your board’s only employee, the board is responsible for the stewardship of the entire organization. That means making sure that your organization’s culture and practices foster the development of the organization’s human and reputational assets. Implementing that is the executive’s responsibility, but holding the CEO accountable is the board’s job. Ensuring your nonprofit is a stellar place to work starts with your board members.

What HR managers need to know and do

An organization’s HR professionals should be keenly aware of turnover rates and what’s influencing employee retention. CEOs are responsible for a multitude of things, and employee retention, while terribly important, is just one of those things. Here’s what HR staff can do to elevate the importance of employee retention and get the resources and leadership attention needed to do something about it:

  • Gather good data about the factors that are influencing your organization’s retention rates. Continue using the retention strategies outlined in the article, including exit interviews, but consider incorporating retention or “stay” interviews if you’re not doing that already.
  • Make a compelling case to your CEO to help address the areas for improvement. Is it culture? Leadership practices? Or career quality? Help your CEO understand the ROI and the fact that strategies for improving employee retention are usually free or cheap. And those that cost have a big payoff.
  • Help the CEO understand that creating a great place to work can be one of his/her enduring leadership legacies.

It doesn’t matter if your nonprofit’s mission is to inspire, support, educate or transform, it’s your people who are the power behind that mission. Are you doing all you can do to prove to them that they have invested their career and their life energies in the right organization, the right mission, and the right leader?

Contributing author: Don Tebbe, Leadership Succession Consultant, Author and National Speaker, Center Faculty

To learn more, see “It’s time to get serious about employee retention” in the 2019 Nonprofit Agenda.

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Last year, the Center was selected through a competitive process facilitated by the District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to establish and operate The Parks Main Street (formerly the South Dakota Avenue-Riggs Road Main Street). We have been providing customized capacity building, coaching and technical assistance to the community board of directors, executive director and businesses in Riggs Park and Manor Park successfully over the year.

We are now excited to announce the Center’s second grant award from DSLBD to establish and operate the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street. The scope and goals of our efforts will include:

  • assisting business districts with the retention, expansion and attraction of neighborhood-serving retail stores; and
  • unifying and strengthening the commercial corridor

The Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street area will range from Georgia Avenue NW from Missouri Avenue to Eastern Avenue, including collaborating with The Parks development for the Fern Street to Aspen Street portion.

Utilizing the nonprofit and Main Street methodology that has worked across DC and the nation, we are recruiting a committed and diverse board of directors that is representative of the Shepherd Park, Takoma, Brightwood and Manor Park communities located along the Upper Georgia Avenue economic corridor.

The Main Street will be launched by a small founding board of three to five individuals, coming primarily from the neighborhood associations and community organizations that are already engaged on the Upper Georgia Avenue business corridor. At this time, we invite individuals and organizations to express interest in serving as representatives of the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street founding board of directors. Following expressions of interest, we look forward to setting up a date and time for the initial kick off meeting on Upper Georgia Avenue.

Please share your interest along with a copy of your resume and/or bio with Glen O’Gilvie (and copy Ericka Best at by close of business on Friday, November 15, 2019.

As the Community Board develops and the Main Street is activated, there will be additional Board seats for neighbors and business owners, as well as committee positions.

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After an extensive evaluation process, the EXCEL Award selection committee completed the difficult task of narrowing the field to five finalists. They visited each of these organizations and then made their final selections.
Congratulations to our three winners and two honorable mentions!

We invite you to read their thoughts on leadership and what it means to be recognized with this award.

2019 EXCEL Award Winners


Steve Glaude
CNHED (Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development)




Hugo Mogollon
Community Foodworks




Bridgette Stumpf
NVRDC (Network for Victim Recovery of DC)



2019 EXCEL Award Honorable Mentions


Harold Pettigrew
WACIF (Washington Area Community Investment Fund)




Clark Seipt
CCH (Community Coalition for Haiti)


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The Center is proud to be partnering with Pepco in their 2020 Call for Exhibits at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, DC.

Deadline is 4:00pm on Friday, November 8

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. Our intent is to exhibit work that is uplifting, provides a positive representation of the Greater DC community and heightens the visitor experience in Chinatown. Sales are encouraged throughout the duration of the exhibit, and nonprofits are also encouraged to schedule “exhibit opening” events to raise awareness and promote attendance.

The goal of this call for submissions:

  • Provide support, exposure, and professional benefit for visual artists and organizations
  • Increase the exposure of local nonprofit arts organizations and the artists they represent
  • Support and increase the diversity of artists
  • Provide capacity building resources through the Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Curated use of the gallery space includes but is not limited to:

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Fabric arts
  • Ceramics
  • Sculptures
  • Mixed media works
  • Prints

Applicant Eligibility

The application is open to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—regardless of budget size or scope of programming—that is based in Washington, DC, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Other criteria includes:

  • Organization must meet all grant guidelines for eligibility
  • Organization must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a board of directors
  • Exhibit range is two to four weeks
  • Grants will be considered for new and existing programs that fall within the funding categories, as well as requests for funding that clearly demonstrate a connection to key business objectives
  • One exhibit per year per organization will be granted at a time
  • Organization must be located geographically within the Pepco service territory

Exhibit Categories

For the 2020 calendar year, we are specifically seeking work reflective of the following:

  • Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote
  • Promotes and encourages participation in Census 2020
  • Promotes and encourages “Get Out the Vote” for Election 2020
  • Celebrates racial/ethnic heritage months (ex. African American History month, Hispanic Heritage Month, etc.)
  • Celebrates Pepco employee resource groups and the communities they represent (ex. PRIDE community, veterans, etc.)
  • Recognizes and promotes innovation in STEM education and energy
  • Recognizes and promotes environment stewardship focusing on the impact of climate change, clean energy, etc.

Learn more in the Application Packet.

For questions, contact Goldie Patrick.

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The Center is pleased to announce we have a new space to hold classes in Prince George’s County, making training more accessible to those in suburban Maryland.

We also plan to have designated office hours there a few times a month, so members can more easily meet with staff if desired. Once these hours have been confirmed, we will post them on our website.

Upcoming classes at 9701 Apollo Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD, include:

Performance Measurement 101: Developing Your Logical Outcome Model
September 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Grant-Writing for Greater Impact
October 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Volunteer-Staff Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
November 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

How to Present with Confidence, Command, and Charisma
December 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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July 27 – August 2

American Association of Suicidology was mentioned in The Washington Post for their work to decrease suicide rates in the US and support attempt survivors. The Association’s Co-chair, Travis Atkinson, was interviewed in an article discussing community crisis lines shutting down amid loneliness epidemic on Interlochen Public Radio (IPR).

Arts on the Horizon announced their 2019-2020 season line-up in Broadway World. This marks the 7th season for the company.

The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) granted Jacobs their 2019 Visionary Award.

A study by BoardSource, in partnership with Stanford University and GuideStar, on nonprofit board service was highlighted on The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Casey Trees was highlighted in Bustle for their work to increase DC’s tree canopy in an article discussing what countries and organizations have done recently to plant more trees and influence the environment.

A Richmond (VA) youth is teaming up with Child Care Aware of Virginia to bring attention to hot car deaths according to Richmond Times.

disABILITY Resource Center celebrates 29th anniversary of ADA and is featured in an article by Hazard Herald.

Hemophilia Federation of America‘s FIRST Program, Promoting Women in Patient-centered Research, wins PCORI Grant, reported by Hemophilia News Today.

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter will host a display during the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office 8th Annual Child Safety Day according to Fairfax News.

The National Center for Health Research‘s forum to discuss potentially high levels of lead on some Washington area playgrounds was featured on WUSA9. Additionally, the organization discussed breast implant standards and safety in Allure.

National Catholic Partnership on Disability was highlighted as a resource for preparing children with disabilities for baptism and confirmation on The Dialog.

A report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition about housing affordability while earning minimum wage was featured in Yahoo Finance.

Melanie L. Herman, executive director of Nonprofit Risk Management Center, was named a top 50 influencer of 2019 by Nonprofit Times.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation granted $20,000 to Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area as a part of its Employee Giving Program reported by Financial Buzz.

Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria is partnering with the Alexandria (VA) Health Department to develop a community health improvement plan as was featured in The Zebra.

Project Knitwell‘s program to promote wellness and help people cope with stressful situations in hospital settings was featured on WJLA 7.

The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT recently held its annual dance for county residents with special needs, and the event was recapped on Prince William Living.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam appointed Dr. Tammy Mann, President and CEO of The Campagna Center to the Virginia Board of Education according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Volunteer Alexandria is recruiting volunteers for the 2019 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics according to Alexandria Gazette Packet.

YWCA National Capital Area discussed racial profiling and the impact it can have on young people in WTOP.


July 20 – 26

Arlington Community Foundation announced educator and civic leader Dr. Alfred Taylor, Jr. as the recipient of the 2019 William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award in Inside NoVA.

A collaboration between Building Bridges Across the River and the Washington, DC government to build the city’s first elevated public park received its latest donation, $5 million from Exelon, according to DCist. The 11th Street Bridge Park is scheduled to open in 2023.

DC Central Kitchen joins a panel discussion hosted by Food Tank to inform legislators on Capitol Hill about the intersections between food and health.

DC Vote was highlighted in The Washington Blade for their efforts to advance statehood for Washington, DC.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance was mentioned in a Washington Post article about the negative impacts Dollar Stores can have on communities.

League of American Orchestras awarded $80,000 in grant funding to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra according to the Virginian-Pilot. Funds will be used to help support a concert series.

National Catholic Educational Association‘s annual conference on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust was highlighted in Catholic News Service. The conference is hosted in partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Georgetown University.

The National Center for Health Research applauded the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to press Allergan to recall certain breast implants after they were linked to rare illness in The Washington Post.

A report by Open Markets Institute about the concentration of power in several agriculture-related sectors was featured in Civil Eats.

Tidewater Community College received a $179,493 grant from the Virginia Community College System to assist with expanding workforce training programs according to NBC 29 News.


July 13 – 19

Arts on the Horizon announced they will host their second annual 5K fundraiser in September 2019 according to Alexandria Living.

Casey Trees discussed Washington, DC’s crape myrtle flowers and their origin in DCist.

The Father McKenna Center was highlighted in a Washington Post story about Frères Branchiaux, a candle company started by three local young entrepreneurs. Each month, the boys donate a portion of the proceeds to Washington-area homeless charities.

A report by the Health Care Transformation Task Force about maternity care in the US was highlighted on Health Affairs Blog.

Research by the National Low Income Housing Coalition about the nation’s affordable housing shortage was mentioned in CNBC.

National Press Foundation is partnering with Bayer AG to launch two educational programs focused on increasing journalists’ awareness of agriculture and cardiovascular disease according to Yahoo Finance.

Open Markets Institute discussed federal government antitrust enforcement and competition in the tech sector in Bloomberg and The American Prospect.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Executive Director, Bruce D. Brown, discussed concerns about a proposed federal bill that would criminalize the disclosure of the identities of covert CIA agents operating abroad in The Washington Post.

Tenants and Workers United discussed the impact Amazon HQ2 will have on Northern Virginia rental prices and affordable housing options in Curbed and Richmond Times.

Wesley Housing Development Corporation discussed the decline of affordable housing options across the Washington-area in Curbed.


July 6 – 12

Britepaths was named Non-Profit of the Year by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce at the Greater Washington Good Business Awards on June 7, 2019.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement will hold its 2019 Board Leadership Award Reception on Thursday, July 25 at 6:00pm. The award reception will follow a special professional development program where participants will learn success secrets from the award finalists: Adventure Theatre, Martha’s Table and Primary Care Coalition.

The Campagna Center‘s partnership with Hooray for Books was featured on WTOP. Recently, over three hundred books collected for the organization were lost due to flooding. Since then, the bookstore has begun re-collecting books to donate them to the organization.

Hemophilia Federation of America was recognized with a four-star rating by Charity Navigator and a Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar according to EIN News.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance discussed waste management efforts across the Washington Region on WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi Show.

N Street Village was featured on WJLA for their work supporting women experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.

Nonprofit Village currently has affordable professional space available for nonprofits. They have multiple membership tiers to fit a wide range of needs and budgets, saving organizations at least $7,000+ annually on services and equipment. More details and tour information can be found on their website.

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June 22 – July 5

Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School was featured in WAMU 88.5 for their work to advance adult literacy and educational achievement in Washington, DC.

Several Alexandria (VA) nonprofit leaders and volunteers were featured on the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 list, including leaders from: ACT for Alexandria, The Campagna Center, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Arlington Community Foundation awarded over $821,000 in scholarship funding to local high school and college students according to Arlington Now.

Building Bridges Across The River was featured on NBC4 Washington’s News4 Your Sunday.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement launched its call for nominations for the Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award. The deadline for nominations is July 19, 2019.

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley announced a newly endowed fund by New River Valley Leading Lights according to the Roanoke Times. The Fund will honor volunteers making an impact in the community.

DC Central Kitchen and Friends of Guest House were featured in Richmond Times-Dispatch for their work supporting women after incarceration.

Maryland Nonprofits partnered with several local nonprofits and universities to launch a regional nonprofit impact report according to The Dispatch.

National Low Income Housing Coalition‘s latest report, “Out of Reach”, about the nation’s housing crisis was featured in Forbes.

Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area was featured on WDVM 25 for their efforts to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease.

The Arc of Northern Virginia partnered with the Fairfax County (VA) Board of Supervisors in hosting an inaugural Disability Inclusion Conference on June 29.


June 15 – 21

826DC and DC Scores stopped by NBC Washington News4 Your Sunday segment to discuss youth activities this summer.

Center for Black Equity CEO, Earl Fowlkes, was profiled in LGBTQ Nation for his efforts to advance queer people of color around the world.

DC Central Kitchen‘s culinary job training program was featured in WJLA.

Friends of Guest House will expand its services following a vote by the Alexandria (VA) City Council to loan the organization $145,000 according to Alexandria Times. Additionally, the organization was highlighted in The Washington Post for their work supporting women exiting prison.

Latin American Youth Center staff and clients gathered to celebrate the life of Zoe Spears, a transgender woman recently murdered in Maryland according to WTOP and The Root.

Latino Economic Development Center was highlighted in a Washingtonian article about up-and-coming chefs of color in Washington, DC.


June 8 – 14

Arlington Community Foundation was awarded a $3 million donation from Amazon to help support affordable housing and address homelessness according to The Washington Post and WTOP.

The Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation (“McDowell Foundation”) is currently accepting annual grant applications from organizations that undertake systemic, social justice litigation. The Foundation awards grants for cases that will have an impact on an area of the law or a legal issue through the establishment of a legal precedent. Applications must be submitted by August 1st for grants to be awarded for the following fiscal year of the Foundation, which is October 1 to September 30.

Breast Care for Washington and Miriam’s Kitchen were among the nonprofits selected to receive a grant from Qlarant Foundation according to Yahoo Finance.

Britepaths and United Way of the National Capital Area were among several Washington area nonprofits awarded a community grant by The TEGNA Foundation according to Yahoo Finance.

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) announced it has awarded a total of $90,000 in major grant funding to Washington, DC, area nonprofit organizations, along with a number of other smaller denomination and short-term grants, to close out the League’s 2018-19 fiscal year. Grant recipients included DC Scores, N Street Village, Bright Beginnings, Little Lights Urban Ministries, Suited for Change and The Child and Family Network Centers.

A study by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy about philanthropic giving to immigrant rights groups was featured in Nonprofit Quarterly.

The Arc of Greater Prince William received a donation of toys and supplies worth $500 from Birmingham Green according to Potomac Local.

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May 18 – June 7

Abramson Scholarship Foundation, Academy of Hope Adult PCS, Building Bridges Across the River, Capital Area Asset Builders, Deaf Abused Women’s Network (DAWN), District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), Fellowship Square Foundation, Friends of Guest House, Little Lights Urban Ministries, Lorton Community Action Center, McLean Project for the Arts, Sitar Arts Center, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, and Washington School for Girls are among those recognized as #OneoftheBest local nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

ACT for Alexandria President and CEO, Heather Peeler, discussed the launch of the Foundation’s new Racial Equity Capacity Building Initiative in Alexandria Times.

Anacostia Coordinating Council discussed efforts to rebrand the “East of the River” neighborhood of Washington, DC in WAMU 88.5

Building Bridges Across the River was awarded a $115,000 grant from Mars Food according to WUSA9 and The Washington Post. The grant will support cooking classes and urban farming programming.

Center for Black Equity is gearing up to host the 29th Annual DC Black Pride celebration week according to PR Web. Over 40,000 individuals are expected to participate in the week’s events.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement launched its call for nominations for this year’s EXCEL Award. The award recognizes outstanding nonprofit executives in the region and provides educational grants to the winners and their organizations.

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is offering a free legal clinic on June 26 for nonprofits to meet one-on-one with an attorney who will draft or review and update whistleblower and record retention policies, and conflict of interest policy and disclosure form.

DC Central Kitchen’s culinary arts program for ex-offenders was featured in The Washington Post.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance bi-weekly podcast, “Building Local Power,” was featured on GreenBiz. Episodes feature community leaders creating their own economic futures.

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter is one of the seven nonprofit beneficiaries for this year’s Dulles Greenway’s Drive for Charity according to Loudoun Now.

Miriam’s Kitchen provided testimony on a Washington, DC City Council proposal to reduce tax incentives for technology companies and redirect funding to social service programs according to WAMU 88.5. Miriam’s Kitchen also shared the signs of hyperthermia and what to look out for in DCist ahead of the summer season.

The Child and Family Network Centers was featured in The Zebra for their work to advance educational outcomes for children in Alexandria, VA.

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley’s 2019 Scholarship Awards Dinner was featured in The Roanoke Times. This year, over $80,000 in scholarship funding was awarded to 67 local students.

United Way of the National Capital Area and Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers are teaming up with other regional based organizations to discuss strategies for ensuring a complete and accurate 2020 Census according to Prince William LIving.

Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement was featured in Fairfax Times about their Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman candidate forum.

May 11 – 17

Casey Trees discussed their efforts to increase and protect tree canopy on WAMU 88.5.

Community Foundation of the New River Valley‘s 2019 GiveBigNRV Giving Day brought in $327,581 according to Southwest Virginia Today. The total exceeded the organization’s goal of $300,000.

DC Central Kitchen and Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena were among several nonprofits to receive grants from the Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation during the 2018-19 season according to Capitals Outsider.

District of Columbia Nurses Association commented on the proposed budget cuts to the United Medical Center on Fox 5 DC.

Friends of Guest House in Alexandria was featured in Inside NoVA. Since 1974, the organization has helped over 3,000 women re-enter society following their incarceration.

The re-opening of the International Spy Museum was featured on CBS News, WTOP, WAMU 88.5 and Yahoo News. The new space features 10,000 artifacts and interactive exhibits.

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and Good Shepherd Alliance were among 32 nonprofits selected to receive grants from 100WomenStrong, totaling $296,935 according to Loudoun Now. The 2019 grant awards were announced May 14 during a ceremony at the Telos headquarters in Ashburn.

The Arc of Greater Prince William and Leadership Prince William partnered with Comcast to host the 18th Annual Comcast Cares Day according to Inside NoVA. During the event, over 300 volunteers completed service projects with The Arc.


May 4 – 10

Alliance for Health Policy is accepting nominations for the 2019 Bipartisan Health Policy Leader Award, Bipartisan Congressional Staff Award and Unsung Hero Award. Winners will be presented with the awards at the Alliance Annual Dinner on October 15, 2019 at Eastern Market’s North Hall.

SCAN of Northern Virginia partnered with Arlington Community Foundation and Arlington Department of Human Services to host a life-skills forum for youth aging out of the foster care system according Inside NoVA.

Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing Center in Loudoun is celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month this May by offering free Kids Speech & Hearing Screenings. There are still two dates left: May 18 and 25, beginning at 8:00 am.

Glen O’Gilvie, Center for Nonprofit Advancement CEO, will speak at DC VERGE, one of several events hosted by Campbell & Company across the country to provide a platform for fundraising and nonprofit professionals to listen, network, and dive into Giving USA’s 2018 Report. Scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 8:00am to 12:00 noon, the event will pinpoint the biggest headlines of the report in a short video, followed by a series of discussions focused on the future of philanthropy. Registration deadline is June 13.

The International Spy Museum geared up for the grand opening of its new location in Southwest Washington, DC this weekend according to WTOP and NBC4 Washington.

Maryland Nonprofits, in partnership with Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, will hold the 2019 Maryland Nonprofits & MARFY Annual Conference on October 3 and 4 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. Member early bird discount pricing for #MANOAC19! is available until June 30, 2019

PHILLIPS is the recipient of a grant from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation in partnership with KaBOOM to build a new playground at its Laurel campus on Whiskey Bottom Road. They will host a Build Day on May 22, 8:00am to 5:00pm to construct a beautiful new play space for the community. Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed.

The grant application process for The Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation is now open. Grants are awarded for cases that will have an impact on an area of the law or a legal issue through the establishment of a legal precedent. The Foundation expects to allocate at least $150,000 for its 2020 grants. Applications must be submitted by August 1.

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