Nonprofit Institute

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Nurturing the nonprofits that build strong communities


our Mission

The Nonprofit Institute at CSM is the premier source of professional development and capacity-building for the diverse array of nonprofits serving the Southern Maryland region. Nonprofit Institute staff is available for consultation. Reach out via email or call 301-934-7544.


How the Nonprofit Institute Can Help:

The Nonprofit Institute provides many programs designed to meet an organization’s interests and needs and is staffed by Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants, representing the highest standards of responsible governance, sound management, and accountability. Read more >>

Programs and services include:  

  • Monthly Executive Director Network Meetings bring leadership together to meet and discuss operational concerns and share lessons learned. 
  • Monthly Nonprofit Community Calls foster collaboration, information sharing, and support. 
  • Affinity Groups provide for networking and sharing of ideas centered on volunteer coordination, fundraising, and marketing/public relations/communications.
  • Professional development classes cover key areas of nonprofit leadership/management, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing/communications, governance, and operations.
  • An annual conference with a keynote speaker and breakout sessions encourage learning, sharing, and networking.
  • Regular communications via a resource-rich monthly e-newsletter
  • Operational advice and insight in areas of fundraising, leadership/management, marketing/communications, governance, and operations. 
  • Connections and referrals to grant writers, attorneys, accountants, and insurance professionals, some of whom offer services to nonprofits on a pro bono basis or for a reduced rate.

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 staff


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Nonprofit Institute
College of Southern Maryland
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

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