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Nonprofit Institute
nonprofit@csmd.edu
College of Southern Maryland
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
301-934-7544

Charles County
Cara Fogarty
301-934-7544

Michelle Sullivan
240-988-3096

St. Mary's County

Robin Finnacom
240-725-5458

Nonprofit Institute
Helping the area's nonprofit organizations build a brighter future.


COVID-19 Status & Information

Nonprofit Institute staff is working remotely and available for consultation. Please reach out via email: nonprofit@csmd.edu or phone: 301-934-7544.

Visit our COVID-19 Resources for Southern Maryland Nonprofits web page for immediate, non-profit specific assistance and information.



Our Mission

The Nonprofit Institute at CSM is Southern Maryland’s comprehensive resource for nonprofit organizations, offering programming and consultation to enhance their effectiveness and achieve success in fulfilling their missions.


How the Nonprofit Institute Can Help:

The Nonprofit Institute provides many programs designed to meet an organization’s interests and needs.  These programs include:  

  • Monthly Executive Director learning circles & roundtables that bring leadership together to meet and discuss operational concerns and share lessons learned
  • Affinity Groups for networking and sharing of ideas centered on volunteer coordination, fundraising, and marketing/public relations/outreach
  • Training courses covering key areas of nonprofit leadership, management, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing/promotion, and board development
  • An annual conference that includes a keynote speaker and breakout sessions that  encourage learning, sharing, and celebrating the successes of the nonprofit community
  • Regular communications via monthly e-newsletter
  • Operational advice and insight in areas of leadership, management, marketing, communications and fundraising. Pro bono services are available through the Professional Services Hub, a joint program of the Nonprofit Institute and Leadership Southern Maryland offering basic legal, accounting/financial, and insurance-related counsel from LSM alumni at no initial charge. 

What Our Services Can Mean for Your Organization

In collaboration with the St. Mary’s and Charles County Nonprofit Advisory Councils, guidance in planning and evaluating Nonprofit Institute work is provided through council membership which reflects leadership in the nonprofit and business communities and local government.

Involvement in the Nonprofit Institute offers your organization opportunities that can lead to the following outcomes:

  • Stronger boards
  • More effective outreach
  • Financial growth and stability
  • An active pool of volunteers
  • More effective management practices
  • Engagement and support of colleagues
  • Achievement of educational goals
  • Effective and effective staff

Our services to the nonprofit community include:  providing resource information on current nonprofit interest items; facilitating roundtable executive director networking meetings to allow all county nonprofits time to meet, greet, and share; scheduling high-interest classroom opportunities for employees, volunteers, and board members to attend for enrichment and organization development; and to provide a centralized location for posting and disseminating nonprofit outreach and volunteer opportunities, grant information, and more.