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Nearby Funding Information Network Locations

Visit a Funding Information Network location in the Washington, DC, area, for free access to a core collection of Foundation Center print and electronic resources, including Foundation Directory Online Professional. These network partners are often located in libraries, community foundations, or nonprofit resource centers. They offer workshops and training classes for local nonprofits as well as one-on-one assistance when using Foundation Center resources. No appointment is necessary, but hours vary, so we recommend calling before you visit.

Technical Assistance Providers

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.
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  • 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.

  • CultureCapital

    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.

  • NeighborhoodInfo DC
    A project of the Urban Institute and a partner of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership

    Tel: (202) 643-4110

    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.

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  • 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

    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.

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

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  • 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 Adminstration 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 resource.

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  • 501cTech
    2001 S Street, NW, Suite 630
    Washington, DC 20009
    Tel: (202) 234-9670

    Formerly known as NPower Greater DC, 501cTech offers fee-for-service technology consulting, training, and support services for nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

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Metropolitan Washington Coalition of Volunteers
(The following organizations link individuals and groups to volunteer opportunities and provide technical assistance.)

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General Sources:

  • Good360

    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.

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Arts Funding:

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


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