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"At Maryland Nonprofits, we are member-focused and member-driven.  We strive everyday to listen to your needs and respond with effective programs and benefits.  Come join us!" -- Heather Iliff, President & CEO, Maryland Nonprofits
About Us

"Maryland Nonprofits is here to help make your job easier. Don't recreate the wheel... Let us know how we can help you! Come join us!"

  Beverley Francis-Gibson, Board Chair



To strengthen, educate and engage nonprofits so they can achieve their missions.


To promote a highly effective, ethical and accountable nonprofit sector that inspires public trust and involvement, enhances the fabric of all communities, and drives change through collective action and advocacy.

Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations (Maryland Nonprofits) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, formed in 1992. 

Membership in Maryland Nonprofits is open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, and Associate Membership is available for students, individuals, businesses and government, and Emerging Membership is available to organizations in the process of obtaining their 501(c)3 status. Maryland Nonprofits has approximately 1,300 members and associate members. Benefits of membership include access to educational resource materials, discounted workshops and conferences, discounts on products and services such as liability insurance and background checks, and representation in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill regarding the shared public policy priorities of Maryland’s nonprofit sector.

Maryland Nonprofits created and operates the national Standards for Excellence program that provides resource materials, educational programs and credible, third-party review for accreditation of nonprofit organizations that meet the highest standards of ethics and accountability. Organizations from Maryland and from across the nation participate in the Standards for Excellence program and Standards for Excellence Institute.

Maryland Nonprofits aims to improve the Quality of Life in Maryland and beyond by connecting the important mission work of nonprofit organizations, and by providing nonprofits access to capacity-building resources to enable them to operate effectively, efficiently, and ethically.   


The story of Maryland Nonprofits began with a broad dialogue among nonprofit leaders that expressed the need for an organization that could encourage nonprofits to “band together in promoting, enhancing, and strengthening their services to the people and communities of Maryland.” Our predecessor organization, the Health and Welfare Council, worked with Partners in Giving to convene more than 200 people representing all sectors of the Maryland Nonprofit community in 1990. The group reflected on the paper released by Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies, entitled More Than Just Charity, that was funded by the United Way and Maryland Chapter of the National Society for Fundraising Executives, which joined forces to become “Partners for Giving” to implement the report’s recommendations.

Overwhelmingly, people across the state agreed with the recommendation from More Than Just Charity:

“For nonprofit organizations to operate more effectively in the current climate, they must become more visible and develop ways to work together on common problems.”

Indeed this goal is just as true today as it was in 1990.

Maryland Nonprofits was incorporated in 1991 by members of the Partners for Giving (Jan Rivitz, Tim Armbruster, Andrea Krupps, and Sandy Skolnick) and received its tax-exempt status in 1992. In order to build an association of enduring value, they based Maryland Nonprofits on the strongest elements from highly successful associations such as the California Association of Nonprofits, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and Washington Community Foundation. In 1992, the Founders hired the first Executive Director of Maryland Nonprofits, Peter Berns, who served in that role for 16 years. Subsequent chief executives were Darryl Jones, Greg Cantori, and, currently, Heather Iliff. 

Today, Maryland Nonprofits is one of the most active nonprofit associations in the United States, serving over 1,200 members. Maryland Nonprofits' members represent every county in the state and all sectors of the nonprofit community, including human services, health, educational, cultural, environmental, religious, and other charitable organizations and foundations. Our members range from all-volunteer organizations to major institutions.



Guided by Nonprofits and Responsive: We are accountable to nonprofits by seeking input from members and prospective members and being proactive in offering value that addresses diverse nonprofits’ management and governance needs.  We depend on nonprofits to actively create our learning community.

Build Trust and Pursue Excellence: We aim for high performance with high integrity and transparency. We are disciplined, rigorous, ethical and dependable in our work, promoting best practices and using fair practices in earning income and pricing services. We help nonprofits uphold these standards in their own work.

Appreciative and Respectful Leadership: We lead by listening to the individuals across the spectrum of nonprofits, speaking with a voice that draws on the wisdom of nonprofit staff and volunteers, and our own staff and collaborators. We seek to represent the diverse perspectives of nonprofits, influencing policies and practices that serve their best interests. 

Collaboration and Connectivity for Capacity: We connect people, organizations, information and wisdom across nonprofits, philanthropy, government and business. We build bridges that leverage resources among nonprofits, help nonprofits build strong networks in their own work, and help nonprofits strengthen their infrastructure and overall organization capacity.

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