Hispanic Heritage month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of U.S. Hispanic communities.

The anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua is on the 15th of September, which is why the month of celebration spans from September 15th to October 15th.

This month, the Center commemorates the diverse experience of Hispanic leaders through the I am the Change series.

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Jackson Carnes joins the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street as the Executive Director in July of 2021. He has nearly ten years of experience working with communities across the District of Columbia. Jackson is a former director of constituent services for Ward 4 and senior policy adviser at the DC Council. He has also served in key management roles for council and mayoral campaigns.

Before that, Jackson was twice elected an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods. He spearheaded several community initiatives, such as the Upper Georgia Avenue Beautification Project and the School Without Walls High School internship program, and has served on the board of directors for Shepherd Elementary School Star Achievers.

For more information, please visit the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street page.

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… commemorating its history and the movement for change


This past year, systemic racism, brutality and violence have tragically demonstrated how far our country still needs to go in achieving racial equity, justice and inclusion. Like many other organizations, the Center already recognizes Juneteenth as a holiday. Today we join Americans around the country in celebrating a positive step forward with its official designation as a national holiday.

The Center is committed to modeling and ensuring racial equity across all sectors. Our Center for Race, Equity, Justice and Inclusion focuses on supporting and building momentum toward real change.

In honor of Juneteenth 2021, the Center office is closed on June 18, and we are gifting a copy of Ibram Kendi’s book “How to Be an Antiracist” to three randomly selected Center members.

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A time to both celebrate and remember

During this month of commemoration and celebrations, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement acknowledges and applauds the history and bravery of the LGBTQ+ movement. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City. At the time, gay and LGBT acts and bars were illegal. The Stonewall Riots that followed sparked a long resistance movement for LGBTQ+ liberation in America.

It is important to note that key, often forgotten, early leaders of this movement are trans women of color and lesbians of color. There are several resources to learn more about current women of color leading the movement and those on the front lines in 1969.

In the past two decades, the LGBTQ+ community has made huge progress worth celebrating! From landmark Supreme Court rulings like same-sex marriage equality in 2015 and protection against anti-LGBTQ employment discrimination in 2020, to the increasing amount of representation and storytelling in books and media, there are many victories.

There is still more work to do to, but this month we join with the LGBTQ+ community in celebrating substantial steps toward liberation.

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In 1999, the Institute of Caribbean Studies petitioned President Bill Clinton for the recognition of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which led to unofficial celebration activities in the month of June. In 2006, the House and the Senate officially passed the resolution, and ever since, June is designated as Caribbean-American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation.

Since then, the celebration and acknowledgement of the significant contributions Caribbean-Americans have on the fabric of our communities have grown. The Center for Nonprofit Advancement celebrates the diverse and rich Caribbean-American culture.

The National Archives has an abundance of resources to learn more about Caribbean-American history.

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… providing a little extra motivation to meet aspirations for a healthy, active lifestyle.


The program is available to everyone enrolled in VitalHealth, PLUS staff at all Center member organizations—at no charge. The only thing needed to participate is a Smartphone (there’s no tracker/wearable device required!).

The program’s app makes it easy to set goals, track progress and compete with colleagues in fitness challenges. Our first challenge, Step Up with VitalHealth begins April 12! Learn more and access the challenge link in our members-only resource center (you will be prompted to login first).

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and searching for our next star!

The Center is delighted to share the growth and success of the Upper Georgia Avenue (UGA) Main Street program and recognize Executive Director Paul Ruppert as he moves to lead small business programming in West Virginia.

For nearly two years the Center has partnered with the District’s Department of Small and Local Business Development, Community Board Members and Main Street America to support businesses and communities on Georgia Avenue from Missouri to Eastern Avenues. Accomplishments include:

  • Providing more than $55,000 in grant funding to 17 independent businesses along Georgia Avenue in 2020
  • Providing direct support, technical assistance and capacity building to over 75 businesses in the corridor impacted by the pandemic
  • Launching and maintaining engaging social media platforms and a comprehensive website for ongoing communications and coordination with the community and small businesses
  • Hosting ongoing technical assistance and community engagement sessions

The Center is excited to launch the search for our next Executive Director to continue the exciting work of the UGA Main Street program.

Learn more or apply for the position at Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street Executive Director

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As we move forward from this unbelievable year, we’d like to remember and share some of the positive changes and outcomes we saw at the Center. We’d like to hear about your achievements as well. Email Ellen Pochekailo with your proudest moments, and we’ll share with our networks.

Review the Center’s 2020 Look Back below or download a PDF here.

We’d like to thank Greater Washington Community Foundation for also sharing their impact report. They launched the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund on March 12, 2020 and led a coordinated regional philanthropic response to the pandemic and resulting economic crisis. See the results here.


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… about why we should apply a racial equity lens to our year-end (and year round) giving

By intentionally applying a racial equity lens to our giving, we can not only support organizations that are advancing critical work, but can also send a powerful message to other groups, encouraging them to follow through on their commitment. Glen shares suggestions about how we can all play a role in advancing racial equity, justice and inclusion, creating a positive impact on our communities. We encourage you to read the full article.



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… now available in an easy to read digital format!

In this year’s issue, experts weigh in on key topics such as improving cyber security, planning through uncertainty, taking meaningful steps in DEI and more. We encourage you to give it a read!



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