Upcoming events

    • 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. 

    Click here to REGISTER 

    • ACS of Howard County Members: $35, with discount code  
    • (Text 410-615-9606 to request member discount code.)  
    • (If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Rachel Mygatt at rmygatt@mdnonprofit.org or 443-438-2343.)
    • MD Nonprofits Members: $35
    • Non-Members: $70
    • NDC Particpants: Free

    Carmen Marshall

    Maryland Nonprofits|Director of Consulting

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • NPC Training Room, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046
    • 20

    Howard County Public School System Superintendent, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, will join us to discuss efforts to ensure equity and well-being for students and to close the opportunity gap. We will discuss what HCPSS is doing and how the nonprofit community can contribute to the success of those initiatives. Please come prepared with questions for Dr. Martirano and don't forget that members can bring promotional materials to put on our resource table. Please Note:  This is an ACS Members Only Event.
    Members: Free

    • 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)
    • (If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Rachel Mygatt at rmygatt@mdnonprofit.org or 443-438-2343.)
    • MD NonProfit 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.

    • 03 Dec 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • NonProfit Collaborative, 174A Training Room, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Columbia, MD 21046

    Whether its a Flood or Power Outage or Snowstorm, Readiness Matters!

    Do you have an organizational or personal Continuity of Operations Plan in case of emergencies?

    Join us for this informative Lunch N Learn presentation by Reg Avery, President of CERN, and Mary Lasky, CERN Board member, to learn what should be in your personal and business Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).  If you are a small shop, find out what you need to know as 1-2 person emergency operations center.  

    CERN, formerly Community Emergency Response Network, offers community preparedness education for individuals, groups and businesses and provides community emergency preparedness information cards including a pictorial card for those with limited reading proficiency.  http://www.cernhc.org

    Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches and enjoy them during the presentation.


    Reg Avery, is the current President of CERN, where he lives in Columbia with his wife and daughter.  He works for the Federal Government performing duties as a Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government Subject Matter Expert for the last number of years and before that he was an Army Officer.  He brings a wealth of experience in Critical Infrastructure Protection planning as well.  

    Mary Lasky is a Program Manager for Business Continuity Planning at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. She is recognized as an international expert in the area of emergency preparedness and disaster response. Involved with CERN since its inception in 2002, she remains a valuable member of its board. As president of the Grassroots Crisis Center Board in in 2013, Mary led the their strategic planning process.

    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • NPC, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

    Please plan to join the Association of Community Services for our annual MEMBERS ONLY conversation with Howard County's representatives to the Maryland State Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates as they prepare for the 2020 General Assembly.

    Each year ACS offers its members this opportunity to ask questions about the policy discussions and potential legislation that delegates anticipate will impact the nonprofit and human services community and its capacity to deliver services.

    Your attendance and participation will help demonstrate our commitment to advocating on behalf of those in need in Howard County. 

    Come prepared with questions and don't forget that members can bring promotional materials to put on our resource table. 

    8:45 am: Networking/Registration
    9:00 am:
     Conversation with State Delegation

    ACS Members: Free

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