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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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  • ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership Greater Washington Network

    1575 I Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    Tel: 202) 371-0940
    Fax: (202) 371-8315

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

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
    Washington DC Metro Area Chapter

    20 F Street, NW, 7th Floor
    Washington, DC 20001
    Tel: (703) 647-1676
    Fax: (703) 683-0517

    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 900
    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
    Fax: (202) 457-0549

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

  • CulturalCapital

    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, group-buying, Business Volunteers for the Arts, and TICKETplace.

  • Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations

    1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2500
    Baltimore, MD 21211
    Tel: (410) 727-6367
    Toll free: (800)273-6367
    Fax: (410) 727-1914
    8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 303
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Tel: (301) 565-0505
    Toll free: (800) 273-6367
    Fax: (301) 565-0606

    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 partnership between the Urban Institute and the
    Washington DC Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

    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.

  • Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington

    1201 15th Street NW, Suite 420
    Washington, DC 20005
    Tel: (202) 955-6187
    Fax: (202) 955-3133

    Direct service providers, advocacy groups, and grantmakers joining forces to foster a shared vision for the region’s nonprofit sector.

  • Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

    1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 740
    Washington, DC 20036
    Tel: (202) 939-3440
    Fax: (202) 939-3442

    Technical assistance, professional development and issue-oriented programs for grantmakers.

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  • Community Law Center

    3355 Keswick Road
    Suite 200
    Baltimore, MD 21211
    Tel: (410) 366-0922
    Fax: (410) 366-7763

    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.

  • The District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Program/
    Community Economic Development Pro Bono Project

    1101 K Street, NW
    Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20005
    Tel: (202) 737-4700
    Fax: (202) 626-3474

    The DC Bar Pro Bono Program established the Community Economic Development Pro Bono Project in 1998 to provide a vehicle for corporate, transactional, and business lawyers seeking nonlitigation pro bono assignments. The project is designed to deliver critically needed legal services to organizations operating in and serving low-income and distressed communities in the District of Columbia.

  • George Washington University Law School
    Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics-Small Business Clinic

    2000 H Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20052
    Tel: (202)994-1010
    Fax: (202) 994-8980

    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
    Fax: (410) 451-4081

    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.

  • National Center for Nonprofit Law

    1735 20th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Tel: (202) 462-1000
    Fax: (202) 462-1001

    National nonprofit membership organization whose purpose is to help nonprofit organizations understand and satisfy legal, tax, fiscal and administrative requirements that apply to them. Services include an information clearinghouse, publications, and seminars.

  • Nonprofit Legal Support Program
    A joint project of the Fairfax Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program and The Virginia State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

    4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 216
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    Tel: (703) 246-3779
    Fax: (703) 246-2752

    The Nonprofit Legal Support Program seeks to provide free legal counsel with experienced corporate attorneys to nonprofit organizations located in northern Virginia in need of legal services. The NLSP 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

    4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    Tel: (202) 274-7400
    Fax: (202) 274-5583

    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.)

  • BoardSource

    750 9th Street, NW, Suite 650
    Washington, DC 20001
    Tel: (202) 349-2500 or (877) 892-6273
    Fax: (202) 349-2599

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

  • Communications Consortium Media Center

    401 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 450
    Washington, DC 20004
    Tel: (202) 326-8700
    Fax: (202) 682-2154

    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
    Fax: (202) 387-4973

    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.

  • Innovation Network, Inc. (InnoNet)

    1625 K Street, NW, Suite 1050
    Washington, DC 20006
    Tel: (202) 728-0727
    Fax: (202) 728-0136

    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
    Fax: (866) 403-6080

    Organizational consulting.

  • Nonprofit Risk Management Center

    204 South King Street, Suite 203
    Leesburg, VA 20176
    Tel: (202) 785-3891
    Fax: (703) 443-1990

    Technical assistance, consulting, publications, and workshops.

  • VendorBank Online

    Center for Nonprofit Advancement
    1666 K Street, NW, Suite 440
    Washington, DC 20006
    Tel: (202) 457-0540
    Fax: (202) 457-0549

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

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  • George Mason University
    Graduate Studies in Nonprofit Management
    Department of Public and International Affairs
    Robinson Hall A 252
    4400 University Drive
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    Tel: (703) 993-9466
    Fax: (703) 993-1399

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

  • Georgetown University
    Georgetown Public Policy Institute
    37th and O Streets, NW, 100 Old North
    Washington, DC 20057
    Tel: (202) 687-5932
    Fax: (202) 687-5544

    Through the Public Policy Institute, offers a Masters in Public Policy with special tracks in Public Management and Nonprofit Studies.

  • Howard University
    Center for Urban Progress
    1840 Seventh Street, NW, 3rd Floor
    Washington, DC 20001
    Tel: (202) 865-8572
    Fax: (202) 232-6751

    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. Howard also offers a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.

  • Trinity Washington University
    Master of Science in Administration
    125 Michigan Ave. NE
    Washington, DC 20017
    Tel: (202) 884-9000

    This program offers a Nonprofit Management Concentration which includes courses on topics like fundraising, financial management, and grant writing.

  • 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.

  • Walden University
    Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
    Tel: (866) 492-5336

    The online Master of Science degree program offers courses in nonprofit leadership, management, budgeting, finance, fundraising, board management, public relations, and strategic planning.

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  • 501cTech
    2001 S Street, NW, Suite 630
    Washington, DC 20009
    Tel: (202) 234-9670
    Fax: (202) 234-9672

    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:

  • Junior League of Washington

    3039 M Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    Tel: (202) 337-2001
    Fax: (202) 342-3148

    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
    300 E Street, NW
    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

    Community Services Funds
    1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 420
    Vienna, VA 22182
    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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