Know the Importance of Documenting Your Procedures

Guest blog post from Nadine A. Harris, CPA


2017 AIM Award finalist: Mary's Center

Three nonprofit organizations have been chosen as our 2017 AIM for Excellence Awa

2017 AIM Award Finalist: PeacePlayers International

Three nonprofit organizations have been chosen as our 

2017 AIM Award finalist: DC Scores

Three nonprofit organizations have been chosen as our 20

#ServeYouth Tweet chat with United Way NCA

The Center is excited to partner with United Way of the National Capital Area to host Connecting Together To Serve Our Youth on May 17th, a one-day conference for youth-serving nonprofits. We sat down with UWNCA leaders, Syreeta Evans, Thandor Miller, and Lisa Rucker for a tweet chat on challenges facing nonprofits that #ServeYouth. Here's what they had to say:

#TimeToTHRIVE: Refreshing Policies & procedures

In every organization there comes a time of rebirth and renewal. It's time to take a good, hard look at what you do and how you do it. Our Partners In Advancement work with the nonprofit community to update processes and procedures that make them more efficient and effective in accomplishing their mission. Here's the strategies they shared:


Center: What policies and procedures can nonprofits improve upon with the use of your product/service?

The Most Common Mistakes Office Tenants Make

As the second largest line item on a Nonprofit’s budget, an organization’s lease costs often plays a large role in the success of an organization. Failure to frequently review the office lease and strategically plan for upcoming office space needs can have an adverse effect on organization’s mission & bottom line.

Whether it’s addressing an existing office space need or developing a strategy for an upcoming lease expiration, engaging a real estate broker earlier than later, can save significant time and money.

3 Ways to Increase Your Nonprofit's Budget & Employee Bandwidth

Guest blog by UST Trust

Change can be either good or bad... and since change is often unpredictable, your organization is at serious risk if you don’t plan ahead for it.

A dedicated partner of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, the Unemployment Services Trust (UST) helps nonprofits and their staff to efficiently manage such risk through industry-leading HR and claims management resources.

Nonprofits must make cybersecurity a top priority

Guest blog by Anne Schrantz, Partner, CohnReznick 

We constantly hear about cyber attacks on corporations and large organizations. With companies like Target, Yahoo and even the federal government being affected, these organizations face a tremendous amount of pressure to be cyber secure to protect the valuable information they possess. But for not-for-profit organizations, are cybersecurity threats as much of a concern as they should be?

According to CohnReznick’s most recent Not-for-Profit Governance Survey, 71% of not-for-profits surveyed have not conducted a cybersecurity vulnerability assessment to evaluate their technology exposure. In addition, 69% do not have a cybersecurity breach response plan in place.

From these findings, it’s clear that in the not...

One Message, Many Voices

Guest blog by Betty Dean, CEO, Betty Dean & Associates

Influence: “the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others”

Time to THRIVE: Honoring Board Leadership

The Center knows a committed Board of Directors is crucial to the success of a nonprofit. We'd like to honor the board members who work tirelessly to advance their missions, so we sat down with board members and previous Board Leadership Award winners, YWCA NCA and City Blossoms. Here's what they had to say:

What is unique about your organization's Board of Directors? 

YWCA: The YWCA NCA board is very passionate about the organizational mission and are highly engaged. 

The State of the Sector: Opportunities & Challenges for Nonprofits in 2017

With a new administration and policy changes, the nonprofit sector's landscape has already begun to change. We asked our Partners In Advancement, Swell Fundraising, how they percieve the state of the sector. Here's what they had to say: 

Time to THRIVE: 5 ways to save time as a Center member

The mission of your organization should be top priority, but we know too often nonprofit leaders and staff find themselves bogged down in day-to-day work. 

We know nonprofits do amazing work, but they need time to focus, strategize, grow, and develop their organization to continue pursuing their mission. As the leading advocate, educator, and service provider for nonprofits in the District of Columbia, Prince George's and Montgomery counties of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Center is leading the charge to ensure nonprofits THRIVE.

Understand, Assign and Update: Best Practices for Compliance Under Uniform Guidance

Guest Blog post from our partners at Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman by Jennifer Arminger

Uniform Guidance was implemented over two years ago, but many Federal award recipients are still challenged by compliance and struggle with the organizational changes necessary to meet the requirements. By following some simple best practices developed by organizations already successfully achieving compliance, non-Federal entities can easily implement policies and procedures to thrive under Uniform Guidance.

Understand the Requirements

The Power of the Business Plan

The Power of the Business Plan 
guest blog post from Altruist Partners