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PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Charles County
Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County

Professional Services Hub

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The Professional Services Hub is a resource for local nonprofits to tap into the professional expertise of Leadership Southern Maryland alumni. This partnership between LSM and the Nonprofit Institute offers basic legal, accounting/financial, and insurance-related counsel from LSM alumni at no initial charge.

To find out how your organization may benefit from this pro bono service, please contact:

Michelle Sullivan, Program Specialist
Cara Fogarty, Coordinator, Charles County

Grants & Opportunities

Philip L. Graham Fund: The Philip L. Graham Fund awards grants to organizations providing programs and services in the areas of education, health and human services, community enrichment, and the arts. Communities served span the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert counties.

Deadline: The next Letter of Intent (LOI) due date is October 15, 2019

Nonprofits Needed to Host Senior Training Opportunities: Nonprofit organizations are needed to host the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert counties.  Community residents age 55 and older who need training in order to re-enter the workforce are placed with a nonprofit, receive a state stipend, and help fill an organization’s needs. 

Nonprofits partnering with SCSEP are able to grow with their support, fulfilling various on-site needs, for example, reception area/registration, entry-level booking, inventory assistance, customer service, etc.

For more information, contact:
Jody Cabi, Employment Specialist
301-374-1162 or

Local Resources

Consultants: Need advice or guidance on strategic planning, financial management, board development or marketing? The Nonprofit Institute can help. We have partnered with consultants who will offer their services to nonprofits on a pro bono basis or for a reduced rate.

Additionally, the Nonprofit Institute, in partnership with Leadership Southern Maryland, created the Professional Services Hub, offering basic legal, accounting/financial, and insurance-related counsel from LSM alumni at no initial charge.

To find out how your organization may benefit from these pro bono services, please contact:

Michelle Sullivan, Program Specialist
Cara Fogarty, Coordinator, Charles County

Foundation Information Network: Southern Maryland Libraries host the Foundation Information Network, a funding information database from the Foundation Center. Please note - you must be in the library to access the database.

  • Calvert Library Prince Frederick Branch houses the Foundation Information Network. The library has a current print collection of materials on grantmakers and guides to proposal writing, as well as free in-house access to three Foundation Center databases. The library maintains a list of nonprofit resources. For more information, contact Jen Seidel.

Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland (HRASM) is a membership-based organization that provides networking, educational, advisory, and training opportunities to HR professionals in Southern Maryland.  Members are offered activities and programs for professional growth and improvement while meeting and networking with other locally based professionals.

Southern Maryland SCORE is a not-for-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as business mentors. SCORE is a resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and offers mentoring services and workshops.

Download the SCORE Guide to Starting a Nonprofit

Download the SCORE publication - Business Planning Tools for Nonprofit Organizations

State Resources

Governor's Grants Office: The Governor’s Grants Office helps state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations find, win, and manage grants. You will find a host of information and training materials about grants and the life cycle of grants management on this site. You can search for an available state grant or foundation grant and click on links to take you to sites where federal grants are posted.

Enoch Pratt Free Library: Based in Baltimore, this library has a Grants Collection; these materials can be sent to your local library for free. Online resources include how-to and subject guides, including How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland.

Maryland Nonprofits LogoMaryland Nonprofits: Maryland Nonprofits is a membership-based organization that offers professional development opportunities and special events. Some resources are free, but most are available to paid members.

Maryland Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV): This is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. GOSV funds AmeriCorps State programs and recognizes volunteer service. They are also an advocate for effective volunteer program management on behalf of the Governor of Maryland.

The Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services (MCDVS): Volunteer administration organization that offers resource and leadership development for volunteer services professionals. Membership based, with some scholarships available for trainings.

National Resources

GrantSpace: A free service of the Foundation Center that provides training, tools, and many other resources for nonprofits.

National Council of Nonprofits: This site contains useful tools & resources. The Council is a central coordinator, identifying emerging trends and sharing proven practices. Free reports are available on the site. Sign up for two free e-newletters.

Blackbaud: A leading provider of nonprofit services and software, Blackbaud’s industry surveys are based on primary and secondary research. You can access them for free on the site.

National Center for Charitable Statistics: Features high quality data on nonprofits and their relationships to other sectors.

BoardSource: A go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals: (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions.

Federal Resources

Start a nonprofit using federal guidelines. is a portal where organizations and individuals can electronically find and apply for grants from the federal government. Community Blog features content and resources to assist with applying for federal grants. provides information on grants and financial assistance for nonprofits.

Southern Maryland Veterans Resources

Functionality Matrix - a comprehensive resource of veteran support organizations that assist veterans and their families in Southern Maryland.

Charles County Government Veterans Corner

St. Mary's County Veterans Resource Guide

Calvert County Veterans Resource Guide

Workshop & Course Resources

Annual Grants Training: Logic Models

Download the PowerPoint presentation from the Sept. 21, 2018, Annual Grants Training workshop.

Social Media Platforms: It's More than Just Posting

Download the PowerPoint presentation from the Sept. 25, 2018, workshop: Social Media Platforms: It's More than Just Posting: How to Create an Effective Social Media Communications Plan.

Download the Sample Social Media Calendar >>

Download the Social Media Strategy Framework >>