Tis the season for indulging in all things cheesy
—whether it’s fondue, cheese platters, or delightfully cheesy holiday movies. Embracing this cheesiness plays a pivotal role in rejuvenating our holiday spirits – it’s an ingrained part of our festive experience, reminding us of the joy and warmth inherent in celebrations. And, every year, like clockwork, the Hallmark channel unveils its lineup of holiday movies, each weaving a narrative that beckons us to feel the enchantment of connection. While the mention of a “Hallmark movie” triggers varied reactions—from cringing to a heartfelt swell— it’s time to reconsider the essence of these classic holiday films. Without further ado, let’s uncover what these quintessential holiday films can teach us about embracing celebrations.

  • Embracing Emotional Intensity: Hallmark movies excel in portraying emotional intensity and familial or romantic drama. They offer a window into embracing the full spectrum of human emotions, showcasing how characters navigate highs and lows in relationships and life events. These films encourage us to acknowledge our own emotional journeys, appreciating that expressing our feelings adds depth and authenticity to our experiences, particularly in celebrating our achievements.
  • Confronting Challenges for Joyful Triumphs: A hallmark of these movies is the characters facing and overcoming challenges during the holiday season. This narrative arc teaches us the value of acknowledging and addressing difficulties in our own lives. It underlines the idea that the triumph over obstacles not only builds resilience but also intensifies the joy of festive occasions. By recognizing and conquering our struggles, we pave the way for a more genuine and fulfilling celebration of the season’s spirit.
  • Diverse Expressions of Celebration: Hallmark movies portray diverse forms of celebration, from grand communal gatherings to intimate moments shared between individuals. They emphasize that there’s no singular ‘right’ way to celebrate, encouraging viewers to appreciate and respect the unique ways people find joy during the holidays. This insight invites us to let go of comparisons and societal expectations, granting ourselves permission to celebrate in ways that truly resonate with our identities and desires.

In the spirit of honoring achievements and celebrating success, we’d like to invite our esteemed members to reflect on their organization’s proudest moments through our Holiday-themed Mad-Lib

Kindly complete the Mad-Lib, send it over to eleanors@nonprofitadvancement.org, and stay tuned for the upcoming post where we showcase these outstanding achievements.

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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 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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Friday, June 30, 2023
Ellie Shippey
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement


Washington, DC – June 30, 2023  – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is pleased to announce the recipients of the Board Leadership Award. Out Teach has been honored as the Winner of this esteemed award, while NVRDC has been recognized as the Honorable Mention.

Out Teach is a national education non-profit built to inspire and prepare today’s elementary students to become the next generation of fearless innovators. Designed by teachers, for teachers, the organization delivers personalized hands-on training, collaborative partnerships, and easily accessible resources that equip thousands of teachers in schools across the US to transform the outdoors into active learning labs. They are creating a world where every student–regardless of learning ability, race, zip code, gender, or access to resources– can step into the wonder of science.

NVRDC, established in 2012, is an organization dedicated to providing essential support and services to individuals affected by crimes in Washington, DC. Their mission is to empower victims through advocacy, case management and legal assistance.

The Board Leadership Award, initiated in 2011, aims to acknowledge exceptional board leadership within the Greater Washington area. It celebrates boards that go above and beyond recommended standards, bringing new levels of leadership that result in positive changes and notable successes.

The selection process for this award is thorough, including nominations, interviews and site visits, ensuring the recognition of exemplary nonprofit board leadership.

“We extend our congratulations to Out Teach for their exceptional achievement in winning the Board Leadership Award and for their impactful work in empowering educators and students,” said Sean Sweeney, Director of Education and Special Programs at the Center. “We also commend NVRDC for their significant contributions and recognize them as the Honorable Mention this year, providing crucial support to individuals affected by crimes within our Community.”

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement will share the 4th Annual Board Best Practices Video Shorts in the near future.

For more information, please visit nonprofitadvancement.org

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The Center recognizes and commemorates Caribbean American Heritage Month—a month of exploration, celebration and connection. Throughout June, we hope our members took every opportunity to embrace the brilliant tapestry of Caribbean culture and honor the remarkable contributions made by Caribbean Americans. This month allowed us to reflect on the richness of Caribbean American heritage, the resilience this community embodies, and gave us a deeper appreciation for the vibrant Caribbean diaspora. 

There are numerous trailblazers of Caribbean American heritage to honor—extraordinary individuals whose spirits and achievements have left an indelible mark on history. Among them, Bob Marley stood as a global icon, utilizing his timeless music and powerful lyrics to become a champion for social justice, spreading messages of love, unity and equality. Colin Powell, whose parents immigrated from Jamaica to New York in the 1920s, broke barriers and made significant contributions as the first Black man to serve as the United States Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With his exceptional leadership and diplomatic skills, Powell played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy and international relations. As we reflect upon these individuals’ groundbreaking accomplishments, we are reminded of the profound legacy they have left behind. Marley and Powell‘s remarkable journeys continue to inspire and uplift us, serving as a beacon of hope and motivation for all.

Caribbean American Heritage Month 2023 immersed the DC area in events to celebrate this community’s art, history and culture.The Caribbean Reads Events shone as a delightful opportunity to immerse oneself in the world of Caribbean American authors, their captivating stories and the profound impact of their literary contributions. Caribbean Restaurant week treated attendees to Haitian cuisines, vegetarian and vegan dishes from Chef Lois Baker of Sweet Sosumba and so much more. 

As Caribbean American Heritage Month concludes, The Center carries the spirit of celebration forward into our ongoing efforts. Inspired by the ideals of diversity and unity, we strive to foster an environment that cherishes the richness of our various heritages. Through cultural exchange, collaboration, and the promotion of equal opportunities, we continue to weave a tapestry where the achievements and ongoing contributions of Caribbean Americans are acknowledged, valued and celebrated throughout the year.

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