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Upcoming events

    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • NPC Training Room, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Columbia, MD 21046

    Fundraising Regulations for Nonprofit Organizations:                             How to Stay Compliant Without Risking Your Charitable Status

    This 3-hour program on fundraising regulations is part of the ACS/MDNonprofits educational partnership and will give you a deep dive into the laws and regulations that govern all kinds of fundraising. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch to this event. Water and light snacks will be provided.

    Please note:  ACS members have priority registration through August 25th. After that registration will be open to the public and may sell out, so to guarantee your spot, register early!

    • ACS Members: $35 with discount code: ACSMEMB               (Please do not share with non-members. Thank you.)
    • MD Nonprofit Members: $35
    • Non-Members: $70
    • NDC Participants: Free

    Please click here for more information or to register.

    • 18 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • NonProfit Collaborative Training Room, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Columbia, MD 21046
    • 20

    Representatives of the Community Foundation of Howard County, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, the Horizon Foundation, and United Way of Central Maryland will share their latest funding priorities and grants criteria. Following a brief panel presentation, the funders' representatives will be available for individual round table discussions to answer questions and to provide guidance on grant eligibility and how to write a successful grant proposal for their respective organizations.

    Members are welcome to bring promotional materials to put on our resource table.

    Members: Free
    Non-Members: $35

    • 18 Sep 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • NonProfit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

    Many older adults in Howard County struggle to find housing that is affordable.  Join us as we explore:

    • data describing this problem both at the national and the county level.
    • the impact that this rent burden has on older adults 
    • opportunities for creating more affordable senior housing
    • policy, zoning, and funding challenges

    Be part of the discussion.

    The Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition seeks to

      • achieve community understanding, policy making and regulatory decision that will lead to an increase in and equitable access to Howard County housing affordability. 
      • create a community-wide recognition that Howard County's economic vitality is dependent upon access to jobs, resident mobility, quality education and housing affordability
    • 09 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • NonProfit Collaborative Training Room

    ACS hosts this free forum quarterly only for Executive Directors from member organizations to share and learn from each other.   

    Our next meeting will be held on October 9, 2019 at 9:00 am in the NonProfit Collaborative Training Room. 

    Discussion Topic:  TBD

    Don't miss this opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss items, issues, and best practices that all Non-profit Executive Directors share.

    Please remember this forum is for Executive Directors only.  If you cannot attend please do not send anyone in your place.

    Thank you!

    • 16 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Training Room, NonProfit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

    How much do you know about your nonprofit neighbors? Attend this fun, interactive session to discover what your neighbors are up to and how it might align with your objectives.

    New members will find this meeting very informative, and even longstanding members who already know a lot about our community nonprofits will find this a great opportunity to get to know our newer members and learn about some of the emerging programs and initiatives being developed in response to changing needs in Howard County.  

    Come prepared with a succinct elevator speech about your mission, your programs, and thoughts about creative collaborations that could benefit your clients and your organization. Leave with connections that could help move you forward now and in the future! This event is back by popular demand.

    Members: Free

    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • NPC Training Room, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

    Fundraising GPS - Goal! Plan! Success! 

    Is your fundraising on target?  Do you a have strategy, or, do you simply pursue opportunities as they present themselves? Are you missing opportunities to raise more money?  If you are ready to transform your fundraising efforts then, developing a fundraising strategy is one way to get there. In this three -hour course you will learn an easy-to-follow, basic framework for creating a fundraising action plan for your organization. Learn the elements and information needed to create a development plan; the information that needs to be gathered before you begin, and the components required to build a case for support. The course also includes an overview of the various sources of income for nonprofit organizations with emphasis on the key elements to focus on to improve your individual giving program.

    BONUS CLASS: Be sure not to miss "Finding Grants: An Introduction to Foundation Directory Online" scheduled for 1 PM - 2:30 PM on the same day in the same location!  This class is included in your registration fee for Fundraising GPS, but you must register separately for each program. 


    • ACS of Howard County Members: $35, with discount code - text 410-615-9606 to request member discount code
    • MD Nonprofits Members: $35
    • Non-Members: $70
    • NDC Particpants: Free

    Carmen Marshall

    Maryland Nonprofits|Director of Consulting

    • 02 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • NPC Training Room, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

    Standards for Excellence Implementation Clinic:                             
    Bringing Best Practices Home

    Managing a nonprofit is no small feat: you're under pressure to innovate and collaborate; you're competing for funding, talented staff, and board members; and you're mandated to be transparent and accountable. This full-day program provides an overview of the Standards for Excellence® code, with the focus on helping attendees identify their organization’s strengths and areas for improvement in nonprofit management.  Attendees will leave the workshop with a complete, short-term work plan for implementing the best practices outlined in the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector® -- a proven model to set your organization up for success and set it apart. With best practices in place your organization will benefit from increased revenue, a strengthened board, and effective operations. This clinic can also be an initial step for organizations seeking voluntary recognition or accreditation from the Standards for Excellence Institute.This class includes a free lunch. 

    Click Here for more information or to Register.


    • ACS Members: $70, with discount code   Text 410-615-9606 to request discount code
    • Members: $70
    • Non-Members: $140
    • NDC Participants: Free

    Cancellation Policy: Maryland Nonprofits will issue a credit voucher for cancellations received at least 3 business days in advance of the scheduled event.  Credit vouchers are valued at the amount paid and must be used within one year from the cancelled event.

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