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Monday, June 10, 2024

THE CENTER AND MARTHA’S TABLE PARTNER TO EMPOWER NONPROFITS IN WARD 8

Washington, D.C. – Monday, June 10, 2024 – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Martha’s Table to provide intensive, customized capacity-building support to 14 nonprofit organizations. This initiative, focusing on organizational assessment, in-depth interviews, and tailored capacity-building plans, aims to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of these vital organizations.

Through this collaboration, we strive to ensure these nonprofits can continue to make a significant impact in their communities. This partnership is part of Martha’s Table’s broader effort, in collaboration with the Greater Washington Community Foundation, to strengthen and support grassroots organizations in Ward 8.

Martha’s Table has announced that 14 high-impact nonprofits in Ward 8 will receive Community Impact Fund grants. These grants, each totaling $15,000, are designed to support innovative solutions to community challenges, enhance organizational infrastructure, and bolster program operations. This funding is made possible through the generous support of local funders dedicated to creating a more just and equitable region.

“The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s strategies to engage and strengthen nonprofits includes collaborations and partnerships.  By joining together, the Center and Martha’s Table can ensure that Ward 8 nonprofits not only sustain their operations, but also have the capability to expand their impact and outcomes,” said Glen O’Gilvie, CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. “We are committed to fostering a vibrant nonprofit sector that is equipped to address the unique challenges faced by people and communities in need.”

The FY23-24 grantees include:

  • A Beautiful Balance, Inc.
  • Anacostia AMP Outreach & Empowerment Center
  • BESTKids, Inc.
  • TheBookshelf Project, Inc.
  • College Tribe
  • Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)
  • Fresh Start Project
  • It Takes A Village DC
  • Project Create
  • Recovery Café DC
  • SoulTrak Outdoors
  • TheTraRon Center
  • William Lockridge Community Foundation
  • Women Involved In Reentry Efforts (The WIRE)

These grants will support a range of capacity-building activities and targeted initiatives. The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is excited to work alongside these organizations to help them achieve their goals and maximize their impact.

For more information, please visit Martha’s Table Community Impact Fund Recipients.

Media Contacts:

Center for Nonprofit Advancement:
Ellie Shippey
Center for Nonprofit Advancement
eleanors@nonprofitadvancement.org
202-457-0548 

Martha’s Table:
Charlie Gussom
Martha’s Table
cgussom@marthastable.org
202-849-8518

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As we enter the season of open enrollment for VitalHealth, the topic of health and wellness is at the forefront here at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. However, amidst the buzz of insurance plans and coverage options, we can’t ignore the pervasive influence of diet culture that often accompanies discussions around health.

Social media is currently flooded with posts and ads promising the “summer body” or “beach body ready.” While these messages may seem harmless, they perpetuate harmful stereotypes and ideals that contribute to a toxic relationship with food, exercise, body image and a misguided definition of healthy living.

It’s time to dismantle these damaging narratives and embrace a holistic approach to health and wellness that acknowledges their intersectionality and impact on individuals and communities.

Health is not solely determined by physical appearance. True health includes mental, emotional, and social well-being, and access to care and wellness resources that support overall wellness. By shifting the focus from narrow beauty standards to a more inclusive definition of health, we can celebrate diversity and promote acceptance of all body types.

We must also recognize systemic barriers that disproportionately affect marginalized communities’ access to care and resources. Issues like food insecurity, lack of affordability, and discrimination contribute to health disparities that can’t be addressed with simplistic “get fit quick” solutions.

As advocates for social change, we must address these inequities and work towards a more just and equitable healthcare system. This means advocating for policies that expand access to nutritious food, affordable healthcare, and culturally competent services, and challenging harmful stereotypes that perpetuate stigma and discrimination.

As we navigate open enrollment and the barrage of messages about achieving the perfect summer body, let’s remember that true health and wellness cannot be attained through quick fixes. Instead, let’s commit to promoting an inclusive and compassionate approach to health—one that honors our diverse bodies and experiences and recognizes the interconnectedness of our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Together, we can dismantle diet culture, challenge inequities, and create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of size, shape, or background.

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The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is excited to honor Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. This vibrant celebration highlights the profound impact and enduring legacy of these diverse communities. 

In the realm of civil rights, trailblazers like Fred Korematsu have fought tirelessly for justice and equality, challenging discriminatory practices and reshaping the landscape of civil liberties. Patsy Mink, the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, paved the way for future generations of women in politics with her pioneering spirit. 

 Today, the legacy of activism continues through inspiring leaders such as Ai-jen Poo, whose advocacy for workers’ rights and social justice echoes across the nation. Similarly, Hasan Minhaj’s unique blend of humor and political commentary confronts stereotypes and sparks crucial conversations on issues affecting AANHPI communities. 

 AANHPI Heritage Month is a time to reflect on past achievements and celebrate the rich diversity within the AANHPI community. From Filipino Americans to Native Hawaiians, each group brings unique traditions and perspectives, adding to the vibrant tapestry of American culture.  

As May transitions into June, let us renew our commitment to elevating AANHPI voices and acknowledging their invaluable contributions. By doing so, we move closer to realizing the vision of a diverse and equitable America. In the wise words of Yuri Kochiyama, “We are all part of one another.” This month, let’s honor and celebrate the rich heritage of AANHPI individuals, an essential part of the mosaic that shapes the American experience. 

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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
240-752-6750
ariel@goldingroup.biz

 

Simple IT Care 

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

 

 

UST 

Cheryl L. Jones
612-308-4283

 

Nonstop Wellness

 

Purchasing Point

PurchasingPoint Team – talktous@purchasingpoint.org

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The Chief Executive Leaders Ascend Program (CELAP), backed by JP Morgan Chase and administered by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, has been instrumental in bolstering eight Black women-led nonprofits in southeast Washington, DC. Each organization received a $25,000 grant, which allowed participants to address immediate financial needs while supporting vendors, fostering community economic circulation. Additionally, funding facilitated vital capacity-building efforts like wellness sessions and program strengthening.

As we celebrate the achievements of the inaugural CELAP cohort, the final evaluation report serves as a testament to the transformative power of supporting Black women leaders.  Moving forward, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement remains committed to advancing equity and fostering inclusive leadership in the nonprofit sector, ensuring that all voices are heard and amplified to create lasting change in their communities.

To view the CELAP Evaluation Report, click here.

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