35th Annual Celebration

On November 18, more than 200 nonprofit, corporate, government and philanthropic leaders gathered for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s 35th Annual Celebration, presented by Kaiser Permanente. The event was held at The Washington Post, a longtime Center partner.

Each year, the Annual Celebration provides an opportunity to recognize, honor and empower our region’s outstanding leaders from various sectors, as they work together to advance communities.

The morning kicked off with a video address from Julián Castro, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary. In the message, he commended the Center for its leadership and congratulated the organization on reaching its 35th anniversary.

In the keynote address, Stacy Palmer, Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, shared the “Six Challenges for Nonprofits.” Demonstrating the day’s theme of Outcomes Through Innovation, her talk touched on topics including the uses for social media, attracting top talent, and learning from other fields.

The event also included the announcement of the Center’s Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2014 Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Awards, and Bo Newsome and Mrs. Campbell were in attendance to deliver the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Awards. The Center is proud to continue Phyllis’ legacy and dedication to the Center’s Advocacy efforts. Each jurisdiction, Washington, D.C., Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, delivered proclamations naming November 18th Nonprofit Advancement Day in honor of the Center’s 35 years of serving the community.

The success of the 35 Campaign was highlighted as well, and the Center announced that it not only exceeded its fundraising goal of $35,000, but also secured the campaign match. Thanks to The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, United Way of the National Capital Area and Walmart for their generous support.

"We are delighted to celebrate 35 years with our nonprofit, corporate, government and foundation leaders from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia," said Center CEO Glen O'Gilvie. "Our common goal is to reach people and communities in need by strengthening nonprofits. The Center's growing base of dues-paying members and consistent service requests from all nonprofits is a vote of confidence and motivation as we move toward the next 35 years."