The Center for Nonprofit Advancement recognizes and commemorates the enduring legacy and contributions of Native Americans, especially in the ever-evolving landscape of 2023. Their historical struggles for sovereignty echo the resounding calls for recognition, justice, and equality reverberating through today’s movements.

As we strive to further define and strengthen our quest for justice, figures like Wilma Mankiller and Elouise Cobell stand out as guiding beacons. Mankiller’s pioneering leadership, notably as the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Cobell’s unwavering pursuit of justice in the Indian Trust Fund lawsuit, serve as profound examples of resilience and advocacy. Their stories serve as poignant reminders, emphasizing the pressing necessity to rectify historical injustices and steadfastly defend Indigenous rights in our contemporary era.

In navigating the complex landscape of our current challenges, the significance of actionable initiatives becomes increasingly pronounced. At the forefront lies the imperative to amplify voices and narratives advocating for inclusive education, underpinned by the genuine integration of Native American perspectives. This demands not mere representation but an authentic and comprehensive inclusion within educational frameworks, weaving Indigenous knowledge, history, and experiences into curricula.

Beyond this critical educational overhaul, fostering substantive and far-reaching dialogues continues to be a vital ingredient for progress. Emphasizing the profound significance of honoring treaty obligations stands as a foundational cornerstone, acknowledging the solemn commitments made and their enduring relevance today. Equally pivotal is the preservation of Indigenous cultural heritage, not as relics of the past but as living, vibrant facets of contemporary society. These dialogues are not merely acknowledgments of history; they are calls to action, driving forward a collective responsibility to safeguard cultures, traditions, and rights that remain under threat.

The Center proudly acknowledges the unwavering dedication of contemporary activists striving for equitable change within Native American communities. Figures such as Crystal Echo Hawk, whose advocacy for Native representation in media amplifies unheard voices; Nick Tilsen, spearheading the NDN Collective’s efforts in advancing Indigenous rights and championing climate justice; and Sarah Eagle Heart, a transformative force in philanthropy and community development, epitomize the relentless pursuit of meaningful progress. As we navigate the road ahead, these individuals and their endeavors stand as beacons of hope and catalysts for lasting change. Their efforts inspire us to continue seeking innovative ways to forge a more inclusive and just future for Native American communities.

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The Bowen Center for the Study of The Family was cited in an article from Psychology Today discussing the psychological concept of “cutoff” in family relationships and its potential impact.

An article from New Jersey Monitor discussing the impact of limited medical exceptions to abortion bans, particularly on mental health, quoted Isha Weerasinghe, a senior mental health policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is hosting a class this Wednesday, November 1 – Getting productive: Intro to Risk and Change ManagementRegister now.

Don’t miss the chance to register for the Best Practices in Employment Law course, brought to you by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono CenterCenter for Nonprofit Advancement, and Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF).

The Washingtonian shared that tickets are now on sale for DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight, featuring a top chef cook-off at The Anthem on November 9.

Kelsye Adams, organizing director of DC Vote, was featured in a piece from the Washingtonian highlighting “Go-Go Alumni.”

Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), shared a quote about the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designating 483 community census tracts as Community Disaster Resilience Zones (CDRZ) to address the disproportionate impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities. Read the full press release at US Politics Today – EIN News.

The First Lady Jill Biden spoke at the PFLAG National Convention, expressing support for the LGBTQ+ community and condemning book bans in the US. Learn more at PinkNews.

Reverend Larry Golemon, executive director of the Washington Theological Consortium, was recognized for his participation in the Friendship Dinner organized by the Turkish Cultural Center Pittsburgh. Learn more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s 44th Annual Celebration is on Tuesday, November 14 from 9:30-11:30am – get your tickets now for this highly anticipated enlightening event!

Don’t miss the chance to register for theBest Practices in Employment Law course, brought to you by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center,Center for Nonprofit Advancement, and Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF).

Daily Herald highlighted that there will be a webinar on “Reclaiming the Narrative: Native American and Indigenous Muslim Stories” that will be hosted by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding on November 9th.

The Island Housing Trust (IHT) has revealed that the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society plans to showcase “Mending the Line” as a component of a fundraising initiative aimed at aiding the construction of affordable year-round residences for veterans in Oak Bluffs. Learn more at The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

Life with Pigs, an animal rescue and sanctuary situated in Williamsburg, has organized a film screening at the Norge Community Hall on November 2nd. Learn more at Williamsburg Yorktown Daily.

Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, was quoted in an article from BNN Bloomberg discussing Sarepta Therapeutics’ gene therapy trial results for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

This month, Negotiation Works is celebrating a major milestone: 1000 individuals have successfully completed a Negotiation Works program! Learn more here.

Augusta Free Press shared recognition of the Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) and the Waynesboro Public Library, which received an Honorable Mention in the “I Partner with My Public Library” national award.

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Elizabeth Lower-Basch, deputy executive director for policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy, was quoted in an article from Inside Higher Ed discussing a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service that could result in colleges and universities in eight states losing between $970 million and $1.3 billion in scholarship funding.

Kate Akalonu, director of strategic initiatives at Everyone Home DC, was quoted in an article from Hill Rag discussing various ways individuals can contribute during the holiday season, emphasizing the importance of giving back to the community.

The McLean Project for the Arts will debut the “MPA Inspires” art and jazz celebration on November 18-19. Learn more at FFXnow.

Leaders from the National Council of NonProfits are scheduled to participate in speaking engagements at the upcoming 2023 Upswell Summit, set to take place from November 15-17. Learn more at Dallas Innovates.

Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, was quoted in an article from NHPR discussing how despite earmarking millions for gambling treatment in Massachusetts, there is a notable lack of access to services, creating concerns among advocates.

Melissa Reinberg, founder and executive director of Negotiation Works, provided insights on conflict resolution in an interview with WUSA9.

The BayNet published a piece about the the annual Impaired Driving Law Enforcement Awards, a collaborative initiative by the Highway Safety Office of the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, which took place on Saturday, November 4.

NBC4 Washington reported that the The White House Historical Association is planning to open a tech-driven educational center with an Oval Office replica in 2024.

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The Center for Nonprofit Advancement proudly embraces Hispanic Heritage Month in 2023, the vivid spectrum of Hispanic culture and its invaluable contributions to American society. With the theme “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America,” we are committed to highlighting the rich history and achievements of Hispanic leaders, underscoring their role in cultivating a more empowered society.

In commemorating this month, we draw profound inspiration from the remarkable legacies of trailblazers such as Ellen Ochoa and Cesar Chavez. Ochoa’s groundbreaking journey as the first Hispanic woman to venture into space stands as a testament to the heights of human achievement, serving as a perpetual beacon of inspiration for generations to come. Likewise, Chavez’s unwavering dedication to the advocacy of farm workers’ rights has etched an enduring imprint on the fabric of our nation’s history, resonating with communities far and wide, and serving as a potent reminder of the power of grassroots activism in fostering lasting social change.

A multitude of events and celebrations took place throughout this month, giving folks around the DC area an opportunity to engage with and honor the diverse heritage of Hispanic communities. The AFI Latin American Film Festival showcased Latin America cinema while  the Latino Book Festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library provided a platform for Latino stories. Additionally, educational and entertaining programs at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress shed light on the history and cultural significance of Hispanic Americans. These events collectively highlight the significance of Hispanic heritage and its profound impact on the cultural fabric of the nation.

As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, it is imperative to acknowledge the importance of embracing diversity and taking the time to learn about Hispanic culture beyond a surface level. It is essential for fostering a more inclusive and connected society. Let us not only acknowledge the vibrant legacies and stories of Hispanic Americans but also commit to creating a space where every voice is heard, every culture is celebrated, and every individual is seen and respected.

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Has your organization ever had too many great opportunities they just couldn’t say no to?

Getting overwhelmed by a wave of events and programs happens to the best of us. And it’s happening right now to the Center. But you couldn’t tell, right? We seem so composed, right? Any assurance is welcomed, please feel free to DM us on Instagram (@centernonprof)!

We’d like to use this post as an opportunity to share a condensed list of our top three FREE events you don’t want to miss…

1. Nonprofit Capacity Building Townhall: Join us for a full day of content focused on creating effective, efficient, and sustainable organizations.
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 26, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: The ARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue Southeast Washington, DC 20020

2. Art All Night: The Parks Main Street (TPMS) is excited to bring to the communities of Riggs Park and Manor Park “Art All Night”, a live end of summer celebration.
Date and Time: Saturday, September 30, 5:00 – 10:00pm
Location: Riggs Park and Manor Park

3. Changemakers Panel: Our 5th discussion is set! Hear from our region’s top leaders of color sharing their expertise, journeys, strategies, and vision. Join us as we discuss innovative tips and strategies that reflect lessons learned from our recently released comprehensive report assessing the resilience of DC area nonprofits amidst the challenges of the 2020s.
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 3, 9:30 – 11:00am
Location: Virtual Platform, link provided at registration

*Although these events are free to attend, registration is required*

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Pink Barbie Movie Blog Title

Timing can be serendipitous. In the midst of Summer 2023’s nonprofit sector challenges, finding solace can be tough, leaving little room to savor a vacation break (if one was taken at all). Enter the Barbie movie, a surprising balm for these times. Beyond being a mere excuse to relish the cool, popcorn-scented air of cinemas, this film acts as a guide for nonprofit professionals to reclaim their peace. Intriguing, isn’t it, to think that a children’s doll movie might serve as a prompt to embrace life’s warmth and leisure? With that intriguing thought, let’s delve into how Barbie’s world provides insights into the path toward a self-acceptance that allows for and empowers our moments of rest.

  • Navigating the Ambiguity of our Roles with Resilience: Amid the Barbie and Ken universe, each character holds a role, distinct yet ever-changing, just like our own in the nonprofit arena. From President to the more whimsical “Beach,” roles span the spectrum. Yet, Barbie, despite her remarkable qualities and valiant actions, grapples with a less defined role. Through her journey, we witness her acceptance of the unknown. This resonates with nonprofit professionals grappling with broad goals but unsure paths. Barbie teaches us to face ambiguity with courage and self-compassion, unveiling hidden strengths in the process.
  • Balancing Self-Care and the Pursuit of Lasting Legacies: Hidden within Barbie’s layers is the profound truth of human transience. Amid the fervor of creating everlasting legacies, we tend to overlook our own impermanence. The nonprofit world’s all-consuming nature often leads us astray, dedicating ourselves tirelessly to our missions while neglecting our personal well-being. In acknowledging the fleeting nature of life, the film nudges us to pause, stretch and relish each moment. These simple acts become integral, a gentle reminder that nurturing ourselves complements our noble missions.
  • Embracing Imperfections and Learning: Barbie’s reflective journey addresses her role in shaping harmful body images among young girls in spite of her intended feminist-idol role. A mirror to the nonprofit sector, her realization resonates. Amidst our well-intentioned endeavors, mistakes are inevitable. Acceptance and learning from them propel us forward. Barbie’s example demonstrates the importance of facing missteps with grace, encouraging renewal and growth. Embracing our imperfections with dignity fosters respite, recharging us for future challenges.
  • Discovering Intrinsic Worth: Ken’s journey of self-acceptance can resonate deeply with nonprofit professionals. As he learns that self-worth transcends external validation, we too must acknowledge our intrinsic value. Nonprofit professionals can possess please-pleasing tendencies, and when we learn to shed the weight of others’ perceptions, we can empower ourselves with a sense of worthiness and show up with authenticity. Applied to the nonprofit landscape, this notion bolsters confidence, allowing us to face challenges secure in the knowledge of our inherent worth.

Unexpectedly, the Barbie movie illuminates many invaluable lessons for the nonprofit world. In the midst of uncertainty and challenges, embracing ambiguity, practicing self-care, learning from missteps, and acknowledging our worth can revolutionize our approach. Just as Barbie’s narrative encourages us to slow down, enjoy our vacation time and relish the warmth of life, nonprofit professionals can integrate these lessons into their journey, fostering resilience and grace for the expected and unexpected adversity we will inevitably face.

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Monday, July 31, 2023
Ellie Shippey
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement


Washington, DC – July 31, 2023  – In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships (Serve DC), the Center for Nonprofit Advancement is proud to announce its support in providing capacity-building trainings to four distinguished nonprofit organizations. Under the 2023-2024 AmeriCorps Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) cycle, these organizations have been granted $130,000. Their primary focus lies in implementing effective gun violence prevention strategies and interventions within communities of color across the District.

Strategically partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP), Serve DC has actively sought to protect and enhance the lives of men and boys of color through meaningful relationships and impactful interventions. The Center for Nonprofit Advancement, renowned for its expertise in empowering nonprofits, will facilitate capacity-building trainings for the selected grantees. Through these trainings, the organizations will gain best practices for recruiting, training and retaining a diverse community of volunteers, elevating their ability to make a lasting impact in their respective communities.

The following esteemed nonprofit organizations, selected through a rigorous competitive process, will be recipients of funding and capacity-building resources through Serve DC’s 2023-2024 Volunteer Generation Fund program:

  • Alliance of Concerned Men
  • East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership
  • NAMC, Jobs Not Guns
  • Opportunities for Deserving Children, Inc.

“The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is proud to engage the Volunteer Generation Fund grantees with resources and capacity building to increase their outcomes, combating gun violence and promoting safety in communities,” expressed Glen O’Gilvie, CEO at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. “We are empowering nonprofit organizations to expand their reach and enhance their volunteer management practices. Together with Serve DC, we are working towards creating a safer and stronger DC.”

The Volunteer Generation Fund, an AmeriCorps funded grant program, empowers organizations to broaden their reach by implementing successful recruitment, retention, and utilization of volunteers. In 2023, AmeriCorps made over $8 million available for organizations across the nation to strengthen volunteer management practices.

For more information about Serve DC’s Volunteer Generation Fund, please visit HERE.

About The Center for Nonprofit Advancement:

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is a leading capacity-building organization dedicated to strengthening the nonprofit community in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. With a focus on professional development, networking, and advocacy, the Center equips nonprofit leaders and organizations with the tools and resources they need to achieve their missions and drive positive change in the community.

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The Center recognizes and commemorates Disability Pride Month— a significant occasion to not only acknowledge, but also celebrate the rich tapestry of human diversity, as disability is an integral part of the human experience that nearly all of us will encounter at some point in our lives. It’s a fundamental identity that profoundly shapes how individuals perceive and interact with the world.

During this special month, we take the time to remember and reflect upon the immense strength and determination exhibited by disability activists, who have often been part of a less visible minority group. One such inspiring figure is Eunice Kennedy Shriver who founded the Special Olympics, an organization that provides sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics has grown to become a global movement, promoting inclusion, acceptance, and dignity for individuals with disabilities. Similarly, the legacy of Judith Heumann, a lifelong disability rights activist, stands as a testament to the power of advocacy in creating a more inclusive world. With key roles in various disability advocacy organizations and as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State, Heumann has been instrumental in driving positive change.

Disability Pride Month originated as an annual celebration to honor the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. This landmark legislation has been pivotal in advancing the rights and accessibility for individuals with disabilities. In July 2023, the Center for Accessibility at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library hosted a series of enlightening events to commemorate the ADA and promote inclusivity. These events included “From Dr. Strange to Bridgerton: Unexpected Disability Narratives in Popular Culture,” where Tolonda Henderson, a PhD student specializing in disability, race, and young adult literature, discussed representations of disability in modern media. Additionally, the “Smart Home Exhibit” showcased cutting-edge technologies designed to enhance accessibility in daily home activities, fostering independence and inclusivity.  We hope our members were able to support the work of institutions like the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library who share the resources and education required to expand our perspectives on intersectional issues like ability.

As we approach the conclusion of Disability Pride Month, it is essential to reaffirm our commitment to promoting true allyship. The journey to create a fully accessible and equitable world for individuals with both visible and invisible disabilities is ongoing. Organizations play a crucial role in ensuring that those who are differently-abled are given equal opportunities and the necessary tools to thrive, just like their able-bodied counterparts. Through fostering inclusive environments, we can empower individuals with disabilities and celebrate the richness of diversity within our communities.

For parties interested in finding out if their website is accessible to people with disabilities, you can attend this upcoming training!  


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