Maryland Nonprofits

aka Maryland Nonprofits   |   Baltimore, MD   |


Maryland Nonprofits' mission is to strengthen organizations for greater quality of life and equity.

Ruling year info


President & CEO

Heather Iliff

Main address

1500 Union Ave Suite 2500

Baltimore, MD 21211 USA

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NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (Y02)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Standards for Excellence

The Standards for Excellence® Institute offers various services to assist nonprofits with implementing the Standards to improve their governance and management. It promotes excellence and integrity in nonprofit organizations based on the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. Organizations may seek accreditation or recognition through our certification program, in which applicants voluntarily submit to a rigorous review of all aspects of their operations. Licensed Consultant Training is an exclusive professional development initiative that gives independent consultants the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to work with nonprofits.

Population(s) Served

Maryland Nonprofits provides extensive training and technical assistance to members and the greater nonprofit sector through 60+ workshops and webinars/year. The Nonprofit Development Center (NDC), sponsored by the Maryland Department of Commerce, provides free resources to small and emerging nonprofits including one-on-one coaching, educational resources and free workshops and training.

Population(s) Served

Maryland Nonprofits is the only advocate for the entirety of Maryland's nonprofit sector and the public interest.

Population(s) Served

The Maryland Nonprofits Consulting Group offers creative and practical problem-solving expertise to address the complex challenges faced in the nonprofit sector. Grounded in the nationally recognized Standards for Excellence® program, our collaborative approach develops options that address real world needs and have lasting benefits for our clients.

Population(s) Served

Maryland Nonprofits is proud to be the home of the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY). MARFY is an association of private child caring organizations providing foster care, group homes, and other services through more than 200 programs across Maryland. MARFY advocates on behalf of the provider community through its lobbyist in Annapolis and its member-led coalitions to improve the state’s system of care for the youth and families it serves. MARFY has furthered legislative interests such as rate-setting, labor laws, foster care and placement regulations, and procurement issues and is now considered the “go-to” group for state officials seeking provider input on the system of care in Maryland.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Maryland Latinos Unidos (MLU) is a statewide network of organizations, businesses, and individuals who support Latino and immigrant communities. MLU works within and with the Latino/Hispanic community in Maryland by supporting Latino-serving nonprofits, convening around public policy priorities, and working together in common cause.

Population(s) Served

The Charge Up Collaborative is a partnership of leading capacity-building organizations in the Greater Washington Region. Members work to strengthen and build high-performing nonprofits by identifying their needs, assessing their readiness, and providing them access to appropriate services. Through the sharing of resources and expertise, Charge Up members strive to improve the sustainability, quality, and impact of the nonprofit sector. The Charge Up Collaborative is coordinated by Maryland Nonprofits.

Population(s) Served

With leading funding from the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Nonprofit Accelerator Program is designed to help small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations advance their mission, growth, and sustainability by improving operational excellence and efficiencies and reducing risk.

Population(s) Served

Maryland Nonprofits membership is available to 501(c) nonprofits and those individuals and organizations who support our mission. Membership connects a network that spans sectors and missions across Maryland and the nation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success


Context Notes

Maryland Nonprofits, Maryland Association of Resources for Families & Youth (MARFY), Maryland Latinos Unidos and Standards for Excellence Institute memberships.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Maryland Nonprofits was founded in 1992 as the state association of nonprofit organizations in Maryland dedicated to strengthening nonprofit capacity and collaboration. Our mission is to strengthen organizations and networks for greater quality of life and equity. We provide a range of programs and services to nonprofit organizations that:
*Help organizations build their capacity through one-on-one technical assistance, workshops, webinars and consulting;
*Represent and involve nonprofit organizations on key public policy issues such as state procurement and open government;
*Engage organizations in cross-sector dialogue to foster greater information sharing and collaboration.
*Help organizations operate more efficiently through group buying of products and services such as insurance, background checks and office supplies;
Maryland Nonprofits has approximately 1,700 members. Our members come from all areas of the state and the nation.

Our Standards for Excellence Program, a Candid partner, provides a comprehensive set of educational materials and benchmarks for nonprofit organizations to achieve and be recognized for meeting the highest standards of ethics and accountability. We provide workshops, consulting, technical assistance, and a range of online resources to help organizations strengthen their capacity and achieve their missions. We work to enhance the quality of life in Maryland by bringing nonprofits together with businesses and government to work toward a shared vision for a better Maryland. Maryland Nonprofits advocates for the interests of nonprofits and the communities they serve in our state legislature and at the federal level.

Maryland Nonprofits has 30 years of experience in strengthening nonprofit organizational capacity. We have an engaged board of directors and a highly professional staff that answers hundreds of nonprofit questions each year. Our team includes a public policy director with more than 20 years of experience, an internal consulting team that provides strategic planning, board governance and legal expertise to nonprofits, and our nationally-renowned Standards for Excellence team.

Our Standards for Excellence program has accredited more than 200 organizations across the country, expanded the program with replication partners such as the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofits and the American Nurses Association, and assisted thousands of organizations in accessing resources to apply best practices. We have not yet made the Standards for Excellence a household name among donors which is a high priority. Our advocacy efforts have led to wins at the federal and state levels and we regularly play a leadership and coordinating role among advocates to address the many pressing needs of nonprofits and vulnerable communities. Our capacity-building programs have successfully helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations improve their board governance, strategic planning, marketing and communications, fundraising and legal compliance.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Maryland Nonprofits

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Maryland Nonprofits

Board of directors
as of 02/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Walter Simmons

Employ Prince George's

Term: 2024 - 2024

Katy McGuire

The Arc Baltimore

Cheryl Thomas, CPA

Thomas and Associates

Veronica Cool

Cool & Associates LLC, Maryland Latinos Unidos

Erica Joseph

Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore

Chloe Bernardi, LICSW, LCSW-C

Hearts & Homes for Youth

Drik A Butler


Nona Carroll

Maryland Business Roundtable for Education

Will Pass

Park Heights Renaissance, Inc

Dana Vickers Shelley

ACLU of Maryland

Rebecca Teaff

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Duane Yoder

Garrett County Community Action

Walter Simmons

Employ Prince George's

Helen Kim

Hoffburger Family Philanthropies

George Leventhal

Kaiser Permanente

Jarred M Ricks

M&T Bank

Tom Riford

Duane Yoder

Zosia Zaks

Zaks Autism Consulting

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.