Get to Know Maryland Nonprofits

Maryland Nonprofits is a statewide membership association for nonprofits and businesses that care about making the world a better place. Because The Helen J. Serini Foundation supports Maryland-based organizations, we wanted to give this local association a chance to shine... so if you're not familiar with Maryland Nonprofits' work, or need a refresher, read on!

Our mission is to strengthen organizations and networks for greater quality of life and equity. Our goals are to strengthen organizations’ capacity, network organizations together, grow resources for the sector, and amplify the sector’s voice on behalf of the people and causes nonprofits serve.

Maryland Nonprofits offers:

Standards for Excellence®:  An A-Z resource on best practices for nonprofit organizational governance, management, policies and procedures, and legal compliance at any stage of a nonprofit’s lifecycle. Members receive access to a full library of resources available for download, including the bi-annual salary survey, compliance checklists, sample policies and procedures, board member job descriptions, sample resource development plans, resources on diversity, equity, inclusion, and more.

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Consulting and contract training:  Our nonprofit consultants provide expert guidance grounded in best practices that can help with fundraising, strategic planning, financial management, human resources, and much more. Consultants work one-on-one with nonprofit clients and can come to your location to deliver customized training for a mixed group or for your own board, staff and volunteers. Members receive discounted consulting and training rates.

Online community and networking opportunities:  Members of Maryland Nonprofits receive exclusive access to a private, members-only online community to network, get input, and share ideas. These online relationships are strengthened and supported offline by convening events, roundtables, and affinity groups for peer support.

Conferences, workshops, and webinars:  We convene nonprofit leaders in major conferences with world class speakers, smaller workshop settings for in-depth skill-building, and online through webinars offered by us and our trusted partners. Members receive deep discounts to our conferences, discounts to partner events, and free access to all events and webinars produced by Maryland Nonprofits.

A meeting space for nonprofit, grantmaker, business, and government leaders to develop a collaborative and inclusive vision and goals for a better future for the state of Maryland and beyond. We’re working on developing a shared process to track indicators and progress toward our goals.

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A voice for the sector in State and Federal funding and policymaking: Maryland Nonprofits advocates for policies that support the work of the sector and for adequate governmental funding for key programs and services that are important to nonprofits and the communities and causes we serve. 


Maryland Nonprofits is nationally recognized as a leading nonprofit association and is the home of the Standards for Excellence Institute, offering recognition and accreditation for excellent nonprofits that demonstrate best practices.

Questions? Contact Maryland Nonprofits staff.