The following resource list includes many associations, service organizations, and technical assistance providers in the Washington, DC area. The list is not comprehensive, but rather is intended to serve as a starting point for those in need of assistance. When available, we provide direct links to an organization's Web site.

Service Organizations and Associations

American Society of Association Executives

1575 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 371-0940

A membership organization for association executives that provides educational forums, career development programs, and community-service projects.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Washington DC Metro Area Chapter

20 F Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 524-6888

Professional association for fundraising executives offering continuing professional education, career development, a mentoring program, a newsletter, and Fund Raising Days.

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 955-6538

The Catalogue promotes and supports the work of high-impact, small nonprofits in the greater Washington region by providing a valuable "stamp of approval."

Center for Nonprofit Advancement

1666 K Street, NW, Suite 440
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 457-0540

Association representing nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan DC region. Member services include information and referral, publications, workshops, and group-buying.


923 F Street, NW, Suite 303
Washington, DC 20004
Tel: (202) 393-2161

Regional service organization for artists and arts organizations whose member services include information and referral publications, workshops, job bank, group-buying, Business Volunteers for the Arts, and TICKETplace.

Maryland Nonprofits

1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2500
Baltimore, MD 21211
Tel: (410) 727-6367
Toll free: (800)273-6367

Statewide association of Maryland nonprofit organizations. Member services include: training and technical assistance, cooperative buying programs, information sharing and networking, publications and public policy advocacy.

Urban - Greater DC
A project of the Urban Institute

Provides DC community-based organizations and residents with local data and analysis they can use to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 740
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 939-3440

Technical assistance, professional development and issue-oriented programs for grantmakers. Also, offers fiscal sponsorship services for nonprofits.

Legal Services

Community Law Center

3355 Keswick Road
Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21211
Tel: (410) 366-0922

The Community Law Center is a nonprofit legal services organization dedicated to strengthening neighborhoods and local nonprofits in Maryland. They provide legal services and technical assistance to improve the quality of life and economic viability of communities.

DC Bar Pro Bono Center

1101 K Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 737-4700

The Nonprofit Legal Assistance Program of the DC Bar Pro Bono Center matches community-based nonprofits with pro-bono legal counsel, offers clinics with brief one-on-one meetings for legal advice and provides training on nonprofit legal issues. For the Center’s free guides and other resources, click on DC under "Find Help by State" at and enter “nonprofit” in the search field.

George Washington University Law School
Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics

2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Tel: (202) 994-7463

Established in 1977, the Small Business Clinic is the premier clinic in the country devoted to providing free start-up legal services to Washington, DC-area entrepreneurs, nonprofit groups, and arts organizations. It provides a wide range of legal services including drafting articles of incorporation, bylaws for corporations (for profit and nonprofit); creating limited liability companies, reviewing leases, conducting legal research on specific problems, business licenses and permits, trademark and copyright applications, contract drafting and contract review. Clients are seen by appointment only.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service (MVLS)
Community Development Project

201 North Charles Street
Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: (410) 539-6800

MVLS provides free or reduced fee representation for nonprofits that have civil and legal problems throughout the state of Maryland. The Community Development Project helps nonprofits overcome legal obstacles so that they may become more effective organizations and focus their limited resources on services for disadvantaged people and communities. By providing these organizations access to experienced lawyers, MVLS makes pro bono count for nonprofits, and most importantly, the community.

Northern Virginia Pro-Bono Law Center

4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 216
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: (703) 246-3779

Northern Virginia Pro-Bono Law Center only provides assistance for established 501(c)(3) nonprofits, not organizations seeking nonprofit status. It provides free legal counsel with experienced corporate attorneys to nonprofit organizations located in northern Virginia in need of legal services. The Center responds to requests by nonprofits in areas such as preparing and amending organizational documents, mergers, corporate authorization of transactions, buying and selling property, leasing/rental matters, land use/permitting, finance, employment/labor law, insurance, contracts, and tax law/charitable giving.

University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
Community Development Clinic

4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 274-7400

The Community Development Clinic provides free legal assistance to DC residents who need help with starting a nonprofit organization or small business. Note: There is a waiting list of 3-6 months for this service.

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

1629 K Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 289-4440

Publications, information and referral, workshops and legal assistance for artists and arts organizations. 

Consulting and Training Resources

(Also check with area colleges and universities and their continuing education centers for additional opportunities.) 


750 9th Street, NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 349-2500 or (877) 892-6273

Publications, information and referral, workshops, on-site training.

Communications Consortium Media Center

1300 I Street NW, Suite 400E
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 326-8700

Technical assistance and training in use of media.

COMPASS: A Volunteer Consulting Alliance

1712 N Street, NW, Suite 302
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 629-2354

COMPASS volunteers provide pro-bono business consulting to nonprofit organizations in the Greater DC community.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education

1307 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 328-2273

Publications, information and referral, workshops for higher education institutions.

Fair Chance

2001 S Street NW Suite 310
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 467-2420

Capacity building services for youth-serving organizations in Wards 5-8.

Georgetown University Pro-Bono Client Database
Center for Social Impact Communication

640 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 687-8552

Nonprofit partnership opportunities.

Industry Experts

Center for Nonprofit Advancement
1666 K Street, NW, Suite 440
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 457-0540

An online directory of professionals, consultants and businesses working with nonprofit organizations.

Innovation Network, Inc. (InnoNet)

1625 K Street, NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 728-0727

Training, workshops, consulting, and Internet technical assistance, primarily regarding evaluation plans.

Management Assistance Group

1155 F Street, NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20004
Tel: (202) 659-1963

Organizational consulting.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center

204 South King Street
Leesburg, VA 20175
Tel: (703) 777-3504 or (202) 785-3891

Technical assistance, consulting, publications, and workshops.

Raffa Learning Community

1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 822-5000

Offers free and fee-based classes, roundtables, panels and forums on issues such as nonprofit accounting, technology and human resources.


2000 P Street, NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 223-1145

Pro bono support through service grants.

Academic Programs

American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (855) 725-7614

This online program provides a targeted blend of courses in public administration and policy analysis. Offers a Master of Public Administration and Policy, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

The Catholic University of America
Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064
Tel: (202) 319-5000

Offers a M.S.M. program with courses in leadership and management.

George Mason University
School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
Undergraduate program
Robinson Hall A 201
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: (703) 993-1400

Offers an undergraduate degree in Public Administration.

Graduate program
Main Office & Graduate Services
Founders Hall, 5th Floor
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: (703) 993-2280

Offers a graduate-level Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Georgetown University
McCourt School of Public Policy
Old North, Suite 100
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057
Tel: (202) 687-5932

Through the McCourt School of Public Policy, offers a Masters in Public Policy with special tracks in Public Management and Nonprofit Studies as well as a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate.

Howard University
Center for Urban Progress
1840 Seventh Street, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 865-8572

Offers the Community Development Leadership Program (CDLP), a collaborative undertaking which brings together two interrelated components- the University Wide Committee on Community Development in the Curriculum, and the Undergraduate Minor in Community Development and Community Development Internship Program.

Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 101
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 663-5875

Online program offers an accredited graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The certificate may be completed on its own or in addition to graduate degree offerings within Johns Hopkins' Advanced Academic Programs, including Museum Studies, Public Management and Communication.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)
Workforce Development Office
Annandale Campus, CE 202
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
Tel: (703) 323-3168

Offers a Nonprofit Leadership and Administration Certificate which includes courses on fundraising, strategic planning, and grantwriting.

Trinity Washington University
125 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: (202) 884-9000

Offers a Master of Science in Administration with a nonprofit management concentration which includes courses on fundraising, financial management, and grantwriting.

University of Maryland
School of Public Policy
2101 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Tel: (301) 405-6330

Offers a Master of Public Policy with a Nonprofit Leadership and Management specialization. Courses include strategic management, nonprofit fundraising and social entrepreneurship.

University of Maryland University College
Graduate School
3501 University Boulevard, East
Adelphi, MD 20783
Tel: (800) 888-8682

Offers online, graduate-level Certificates and Master of Science degrees in Nonprofit and Association Management.

University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 274-5000

Offers a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, which includes courses in governance and executive leadership; public policy, advocacy and social change; and volunteer management as a human

Metropolitan Washington Coalition of Volunteers

(The following organizations link individuals and groups to volunteer opportunities and provide technical assistance.) 

Loudoun Cares 
8 South Street, SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
Tel: (703) 669-2351

Montgomery County Volunteer Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, Suite 1600
Germantown, MD 20874
Tel: (240) 777-2600

Volunteer Alexandria
123 N. Alfred Street, 1st Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (703) 836-2176

Volunteer Arlington
Department of Human Services
2100 Washington Blvd. 3rd Floor
Arlington, VA 22204
Tel: (703) 228-1760

Volunteer Fairfax
10530 Page Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: (703) 246-3460

Volunteer Prince William
9248 Center Street
Manassas, VA 20110
Tel: (703) 369-5292

Additional Funding Resources


675 N. Washington Street, Suite 330
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (703) 836-2121

Online catalog of products donated by major corporations that nonprofits can order to support their missions.

Junior League of Washington

3039 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: (202) 337-2001

Organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through the action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Office of Partnerships and Grant Services

Grant Information Resource Center
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW, 707 North
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 727-8900

Provides technical assistance and guidance through the Grants Information Resource Center.

United Black Fund, Inc.

2500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Tel: (202) 783-9300

Nonprofit grantmaking organization that provides general, program and emergency funding to community-based organizations. Provides technical and management support for its member agencies.

United Way of the National Capital Area

Main mailing address
1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 420
Vienna, VA 22182
Tel: (202) 488-2000

Washington, DC address
1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 488-2000

Provides grants from undesignated funds raised in the workplace to meet critical human service needs. All agencies listed in the annual campaign are eligible for this funding. Request information on the United Way's Community Services Fund in your region. 

Arts Funding

The following organizations provide funding for nonprofit arts organizations and/or artists. Call to receive application guidelines.