Connecting again at the 44th Celebration

More than 200 leaders from the nonprofit, government, philanthropic and business sectors reserved their place at a table as the Center celebrated its 44th Annual Celebration on November 14, 2023.

This event was hosted in-person for the first time in three years! The atmosphere buzzed with an invigorating sense of triumph, echoing the collective sentiment of cherishing the delight of reuniting with cherished friends and esteemed colleagues.. Each attendee enjoyed a wholesome breakfast and a special welcome packet which included a copy of the book Happy Go Money, the 2023 Nonprofit Agenda, and the fourth edition of the Center’s Healthy Living, Thrifting Eating cookbook.

We’d like to thank all who attended and those who contributed to the event’s success!

Our Welcome Sponsors:


Champion Sponsor:

Calibre CPA

Ally Sponsors:

Hamilton Insurance Agency
Pathway Homes, Inc.
PNC Bank

Table Sponsors:

Abercrombie & Associates
Calibre CPA Group
Cooley & Darling Insurance
DC Bar Pro Bono Program
Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, MD, Inc.
Global Impact
Goldin Group CPAs
GRF CPAs & Advisors
Hamilton Insurance
KEW Consulting LLC
Latin American Youth Center
National Human Services Assembly
Pathway Homes, Inc.
PNC Bank
Scenic America
Tapestry Solutions for Inclusion
The Capital Group

Event Highlights:

Melissa Leong, our esteemed guest, seamlessly intertwined the realms of personal finance and happiness psychology, offering invaluable insights throughout her presentation. Her personable style captivated the audience, inviting us to introspect upon our spending habits with a compassionate nod to the plethora of pandemic-era kitchen gadgets consumers accumulated that are now languishing unused. Melissa's presentation delivered a renewed outlook on optimizing financial wellness alongside personal fulfillment, ultimately leaving attendees feeling motivated and empowered.

Taylor Strange, Center Chief Operations Officer, honored Glen O'Gilvie, Center Chief Executive Officer, for reaching 15 years of service with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement with a heartfelt introduction and video from loved ones congratulating Glen and praising him for his leadership and dedication.

Center Board Chair, Karen Williamson, thanked the Center Board members for their service and dedication.




Lupi Quinteros-Grady, president & CEO of Latin American Youth Center, Center Board member and previous PCN Winner, presented the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy and Leadership Award winners.

Trevor Williams from GRF CPAs & Advisors thanked the selection committee and Brigitte Winter, the Executive Director of Young Playwrights’  Theater and previous EXCEL award winner, presented the EXCEL award winners and honorable mentions.

Our special guest: Melissa Leong

A renowned personal finance expert, Melissa Leong imparts her extensive knowledge and expertise across various platforms, such as CTV’s The Social, The Drew Barrymore Show, BNN, CBC Radio, and Global News. 

Melissa’s award-winning reporting career has spanned 17 years.Throughout her journey, she has tackled a wide range of topics, including politics, arts, and business. Her writing has been featured in reputable publications like the National Post, the Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail. Most recently, she has made a mark as the personal finance writer for the Financial Post.

In addition to her impressive career as a journalist and media personality, Leong is also a talented author. Her book, Happy Go Money, is an award-winning finance guide that cleverly blends insights from psychology with practical advice on personal finance. Beyond this, Leong has also found success as a self-published author of teen adventure novels. Her novels have sold nearly 70,000 copies worldwide and have topped the bestseller lists on Amazon.

See her in action in CTV’s The Social.


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