Caitlin Clark’s meteoric rise to prominence has captured widespread attention. Search her name, and a myriad of headlines extol her achievements, from lucrative sports deals to the electrifying atmosphere she creates in stadiums, necessitating moves to larger venues. However, amidst the excitement surrounding her, the broader implications of her success remain uncertain. Does her soaring popularity signify a seismic shift in societal perceptions of women’s sports? Could it serve as a catalyst for addressing longstanding pay disparities? While these questions loom large, one thing is clear: discussions surrounding Caitlin offer an opportunity for meaningful discourse, perhaps particularly so for nonprofit professionals and those engaged in the nonprofit sector. So, whether or not you’re a fan of Caitlin, let’s use the mention of her name as a jumping off point for conversations that produce meaningful paradigm shifts in the office.

Delving into the narrative of Caitlin Clark unveils several points ripe for deeper exploration:

  1. Authenticity: One aspect that endears Caitlin to our culture is her authenticity. This cherished quality holds valuable lessons for nonprofit professionals. How can authenticity be infused into the fabric of our work? Encouraging teams to embody honesty and relatability can humanize organizational missions. It’s not about forsaking professionalism or charting a course that lands us on SNL, but about showcasing the authentic faces behind the work being done.
  2. Pay Disparities: Caitlin’s salary, juxtaposed with her male counterparts in the NBA, starkly illustrates gender-based pay gaps. Similarly, recent studies in the nonprofit sector have revealed significant discrepancies in compensation between genders. Confronting this issue demands introspection and deliberate action. Strategies for fostering salary transparency, as advocated by experts like Kim Scott, warrant consideration. However, decisions in this realm should be made thoughtfully and inclusively.
  3. Intersectionality: Caitlin’s ascent to stardom in a league traditionally known for its representation of black and queer women raises complex questions. Her appeal to sponsors and commercial powers is further enhanced by her identity as a white, straight woman hailing from America’s heartland. This intersection of privilege and talent underscores broader societal dynamics. Institutions, whether in sports or the nonprofit sector, reflect the values of the society that created them. Acknowledging and dismantling systems of privilege as they manifest, even in the most virtuous of organizations, are essential steps towards fostering equity and inclusivity.

While Caitlin’s journey highlights systemic challenges, it also presents an opportunity for reflection and action. By engaging in these conversations, nonprofit professionals can contribute to creating more equitable and inclusive spaces within their organizations and beyond, thus embodying the values they seek to promote.


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The Center for Nonprofit Advancement honors Arab American Heritage Month, a time to honor the profound impact and enduring legacy of Arab Americans throughout history. While the national acknowledgment of Arab American Heritage Month is relatively recent, the contributions of this community have deep roots and rich narratives.

In the realm of civil rights, figures like Ralph Nader have spearheaded movements for consumer advocacy, reshaping attitudes toward corporate responsibility. Meanwhile, the courageous journalism of Helen Thomas, the first female member of the White House press corps, blazed a trail for generations of women in media.

Today, the torch of activism is carried forward by inspiring leaders such as Linda Sarsour, whose advocacy spans civil rights, feminism, and intersectionality. Similarly, Amer Zahr’s blend of humor and social commentary challenges stereotypes and fosters dialogue on vital issues facing Arab American communities.

Arab American Heritage Month is not only a time to reflect on past achievements but also to celebrate the diversity within the Arab American community itself. From Lebanese Americans to Yemeni Americans, each group contributes unique traditions and perspectives, enriching the American cultural landscape.

As April ends and May begins, let’s renew our dedication to elevating the voices of Arab Americans and acknowledging their invaluable contributions. In doing so, we can take significant steps toward fulfilling the vision of a diverse and equitable America. In the wise words of Kahlil Gibran, “You have your Lebanon and I have mine.” Let’s honor and celebrate the rich heritage of Arab Americans, an indispensable part of the mosaic that shapes the American experience.

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At the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, our mission is clear: to empower nonprofits, foster collaboration, and drive positive change in communities. We are committed to supporting economic mobility and enhancing the effectiveness of organizations dedicated to this cause.

We are proud to announce our involvement in Season 2 of Opportunity Knock$, an award-winning reality show on PBS that highlights the journey of debt-burdened families towards financial stability. Through this partnership, we have had the privilege of showcasing our expertise in capacity building and organizational support.

Throughout the series, you’ll witness how the Center for Nonprofit Advancement has played a pivotal role in assisting Veterans Growing America to strengthen their organizational capacity. Our approach is comprehensive and tailored to the unique needs of each organization. Here’s how we’ve made a difference:

  • Conducting in-depth organizational assessments to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Developing personalized capacity building plans that address specific challenges and opportunities.
  • Evaluating communication strategies, including social media and website platforms, to enhance visibility and engagement.
  • Facilitating strategic thinking sessions to refine programming, improve efficiency, and develop long-term strategies.
  • Providing ongoing coaching, technical assistance, and guidance to ensure sustainable growth.
  • Delivering detailed reports with actionable recommendations for organizational development.

Check out our Instagram posts below to see our Chief of Staff, Taylor Strange and Chief Executive Officer, Glen O’Gilvie attend the premier, and be sure to stream the show in May, 2024.

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Dr. Madye Henson-McCannon is named recipient of the 2024 DMV Remarkable Winner award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the community!

In acknowledgment of her achievement, Dr. Henson directed the accompanying award funds to the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Congratulations Madye and THANK YOU.

Check out our photos of the feature below and click here to watch the full segment on Living Local DMV.

Honoring Dr. Madye Henson-McCannon


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The Center for Nonprofit Advancement proudly celebrates Women’s History Month, 2024. Throughout March, we honor the remarkable contributions and achievements of women throughout history, acknowledging their diverse roles and advocating for the preservation of their legacies.

While it is crucial for us to remember and continue to honor prominent figures such as Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks, it is equally important to highlight figures that were crucial to the historical progress made in women’s rights. People like Sojourner Truth, a passionate advocate for both abolition and women’s rights, whose powerful “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech continues to resonate; and Ida B. Wells, a fearless journalist and civil rights activist who fearlessly fought against racial injustice and lynching in America. These women exemplify resilience, commitment, and an intersectional approach to justice, serving as beacons of inspiration for generations to come.

As we pay tribute to the past, we also celebrate the achievements of contemporary women who are breaking barriers and shaping the future for a better tomorrow. Leaders such as Malala Yousafzai, a fierce advocate for girls’ education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate; Raquel Willis, an American transgender rights activist, writer, and media strategist, known for her work in amplifying the stories and experiences of trans women of color through media representation and storytelling; and Kimberlé Crenshaw, a prominent legal scholar and activist who coined the term “intersectionality” to describe the overlapping forms of discrimination faced by women of color.

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, let us renew our commitment to advancing gender equality and promoting the rights and dignity of all women. Together, let us continue to honor the trailblazing women who have paved the way for progress, celebrate the achievements of women across all fields and backgrounds today, and foster a reality where every woman, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, has equal opportunities to fulfill her potential and contribute her unique talents to the world.

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We want to extend our sincere gratitude to all who joined us for the fifth annual Get Centered BINGO game on March 22. Everyone who attended had a blast while learning tips and guidelines from our five expert sponsors.

CEO Glen O’Gilvie set the stage for the event, warmly welcoming everyone to another thrilling round of Bingo and introducing our sponsors. Taylor Strange, the Center’s Chief of Staff, then laid out the rules for winning, emphasizing the importance of declaring “BINGO” with gusto upon victory.

The game started off strong, with Cody Bahn, Communications Manager of Young Playwrights’ Theater, emerged triumphant in the first round of BINGO. Selecting prize basket #1, Cody was thrilled with their winnings, which included a couple Amazon and Sugarwish gift cards, a 60-minute IT support or IT security consultation, a sleek 24” Samsung Curved LCD, and a coveted set of AirPods. Cody expressed that they were especially happy to win a new pair of AirPods – you just can’t beat that sound quality! 

As anticipation mounted with each ball drawn from the Bingo Cage, Anna Bahn, Digital Strategist for KFF, secured victory in the second round, proudly declaring a double bingo! She claimed Basket #3 as her prize, which included Amazon and Sugarwish gift cards, a complimentary personal tax consultation, Airpods and a sleek 24” Samsung Curved LCD

In the final round, Christine Tomasik, Associate Vice President of Philanthropy for Out Teach, exclaimed a triumphant BINGO! She won Basket #2, which included Amazon and Sugarwish gift cards, a new pair of AirPods, a Goldin Group branded portable charger, and a 60-minute IT support or IT security consultation.

We also raffled off several prizes, with Jeanne McCarty, CEO of Out Teach, winning a Center for Nonprofit Advancement branded A/V case – a bona fide collector’s item. Nnamnse Ammons, Director of Swim to Code, undoubtedly had a memorable Bingo experience when he secured a year’s worth of Center membership at a 50% discount.

Overall, the event was a resounding success, offering attendees a delightful and educational way to conclude the first quarter of the year. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to making it such a memorable occasion!

A huge ‘Thank You’ to our sponsors for helping us put on an excellent event! If you need any assistance with the areas of expertise covered by our sponsors, we encourage you to reach out:


Goldin Group

 Ariel Goldin


Simple IT Care 

Christopher Chung
855-471-8200 x601
703.655.5020 (cell)




Cheryl L. Jones


Nonstop Wellness


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Community powerhouses, The Parks Main Street, Casey Trees and the Anacostia Watershed Society, collaborated on Earth Day to combat invasive species from Hellbender Hill, a protected conservation easement. Volunteers not only removed the invasive plants, but also learned about the harmful effects of these species and how to prevent their spread. See their outstanding efforts in action, check out the photos below!

Community powerhouses combat invasive species

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We want to extend our gratitude to all who joined us for the fourth annual Get Centered BINGO game on March 31. Everyone who attended had a blast while learning tips and guidelines from our five expert sponsors.

As we all prepared our BINGO cards and reviewed the tasks required to claim the squares, CEO Glen O’Gilvie kicked off the event with an insightful explanation of the Center’s connection between the game of BINGO and the sponsors’ areas of expertise.

The game started off strong, with a call for BINGO from none other than the Center’s very own Elisha Hardy. Since being a team member for the Center is rewarding enough, we decided that her win would be applauded, but that the prize baskets would go to attendees of other nonprofit organizations.

The second round of BINGO was won by Terrel White, the Director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. He chose prize basket #2, which was comprised of Amazon gift cards, a free personal tax consultation, a New 24” Samsung Curved LCD and a new set of AirPods.

Cody Bahn, Communications Manager of Young Playwrights’ Theater, won the third round after being the first of six people to call out BINGO. They took home a prize basket that included Amazon gift cards, a security awareness training program and a new set of AirPods.

In the final round, Brian Ullman, the Senior Manager of Learning and Impact for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, exclaimed a triumphant BINGO! He won Basket #3, which included a personal tax consultation and a 30-minute IT support or IT security consultation.

We also raffled off four prizes, with Jessica Graner, the Staff Accountant of Great River Homes, Inc., winning a copy of For Every One by Jason Reynolds and $10 Starbucks card while Bob Clements, CFO of Pathway Homes, Inc. took home a copy of Good Economics for Hard Times and $10 Starbucks card. Candy Herbert, the Director of Operations/HR at Farnham Family Services, had her day made when she won a free center class and Marianne Stemm, the Director of Human Resources at Thrive Alliance, was all smiles when she won a $50 Amazon gift card.

Overall, the event was a great success, providing attendees with a fun and informative way to wrap up the first quarter of the year. We’d like to thank everyone who came out and made it such a memorable event!

A huge ‘Thank You’ to our sponsors for helping us put on an excellent event! If you need any assistance with the areas of expertise covered by our sponsors, we encourage you to reach out:

Goldin Group



Simple IT Care 








Nonstop Health




Lenserf & Co.



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Yesterday, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development (DMPED) announced the recipients for this round of the Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant.

Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street, in partnership with SEAS Community Partners and using funds from the Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD’s) Technical Assistance program, assisted four businesses with the Great Streets application process, three of whom received awards. Zuri Bistro (7317 Georgia Ave NW), Kukus Beauty Supply (7327 Georgia Ave NW), and J&J Mex-Taqueria (6231 Georgia Ave NW) were awarded a one-time grant of $50,000 each, which is the highest amount available per business.

Kuku Smith expressed excitement and said, “this grant will give me the opportunity to expand my business by installing more security features within my store to make it a safe place for people in the community to shop, and to continue providing the best customer service at Kuku’s Beauty Supply.”

Deset Ethiopian (6128 Georgia Ave NW) also received an award for $50,000. Altogether, these grants total $200,000 in investment for the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street corridor’s small business community.

Jessica Mailander, Interim Executive Director for UGAMS, congratulates the awardees and says, “Grant funding can be truly transformative and provides the unique opportunity for businesses to reimagine their strategy, expand, and fully grow. We are excited for our neighbors and all of the possibilities for their futures.”

The Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant is the hallmark grant opportunity for the Great Streets program and has helped hundreds of small businesses renovate their storefront to attract new customers and drive profitability.

The Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street was created in 2019 to provide support to local businesses in Brightwood, Manor Park, Shepherd Park, Takoma, and the Parks at Walter Reed. By applying the transformative Main Street Four Points Approach of Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion, and Organization, UGAMS works on strengthening the economic corridor. For additional information and to access the 2022 UGAMS Impact Report, visit here.

UGAMS is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

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The Center would like to recognize and uplift those nonprofits supporting the AAPI community, and celebrates the integral role it plays in our city.

The broad Asian/Pacific term encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Because of the variety of history and lived experiences, there is no single story of the AAPI community and how it has strengthened our culture and society.

Last year, the Center commemorated the diverse experience of AAPI leaders through the I Am the Change series.

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