300 Nonprofits and Nonprofit Leaders Say “Put People First”

Putting people first signers
For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Imany Dye, Communications & Marketing Coordinator Iadye@mdnonprofit.org | (443) 238 2336

Baltimore, Maryland: “With Maryland having a $4 billion plus budget surplus, no Marylander should be in need. Nonprofits should not be struggling to keep their doors open.” Says Maryland Nonprofits President & CEO Heather Iliff. On January 19, 2021, 300 nonprofits and nonprofit leaders submitted a letter to Maryland executive and legislative leaders calling for $1 billion of Maryland’s $4+ billion budget surplus be used to “Put People First” and partner with the nonprofit sector.

Maryland’s 37,000 nonprofit organizations employ 13% of the state’s non-governmental workforce and provide essential services including healthcare at every hospital in Maryland, pre-k through higher education and workforce development, arts and culture, environmental stewardship and animal rights, a wide array of human services and religious services. Maryland Nonprofits’ COVID-19 and Racial Equity Survey indicate that nonprofits led by people of color, those best connected to some of Maryland’s most historically disadvantaged communities, have faced disproportionate funding cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Collectively, as the nonprofit sector, we have shown up and we have provided food; we have [encouraged testing and vaccinations]; we have provided transportation; we have trained people searching for jobs [while] their entire industry collapses; we have assisted those in need of shelter; we have supported survivors of abuse; and we have helped people mourn the loss of loved ones and the loss of life,” said Tiffany Turner Allen, Executive Director of Nonprofit Prince George’s County.

“The immigrant community has the added challenges of trust and language,” reports Veronica Cool, Co-Founder and Chair of Maryland Latinos Unidos. “We are asking the hardest hit members of our community to give what they don’t have, over and over and over. This is why the pandemic continues.”
To respond to immediate circumstances and instill long-lasting change, we must direct the greatest resources to those areas where there is the greatest need. In addition to those recommendations stated above, other recommendations in the letter include:

  • Expanded workforce training to fill direct care jobs that are vacant now, plus to meet the workforce needs of the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.
  • Greater input into government programs from the affected communities.
  • Improved systems for managing government grants, contracts, and payments to nonprofits.
  • rant and loan programs for nonprofit enterprises similar to those provided to for-profit businesses.


Putting People First Letter to State Leadership

Signers as of January 28, 2022

Rev. Keron R. Sadler
Executive Director
Maryland Association of Resources for Families & Youth (MARFY)

Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus
Executive Director
Maryland Latinos Unidos

Laura Howell
Executive Director
Maryland Association of Community Services

Tiffany Turner-Allen
Executive Director
Nonprofit Prince George’s County

Jade Nicole Neverdon Merritt
BLK ED Network


Ruth Toomey
Executive Director
Maryland Tourism Coalition

Marceline White
Executive Director
Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition


Ande Kolp
Executive Director
Arc Maryland

Theresa Clark
Apra Maryland

Kim Jones
Nonprofit Village

Claudia Wilson Randall
Executive Director
Community Development Network of Maryland

Linda Raines
Mental Health Association of Maryland

Lesley MacDonald
Executive Director
Nonprofit Montgomery

Jennifer Pollitt Hill
Interim Executive Director
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence

Lisae C. Jordan, Esq.
Executive Director & Counsel
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Kimberly Lennon Weiner
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Maryland Chapter

Angela Martin
Executive Director
Maryland Community Action Partnership

Francine Baker
The Maryland Public Health Association

365 Diversity

A Healing House, Inc.

Accessible Resources for Independence Incorporated

Adoptions Together

African Institute of Arts, Science & Technology, Inc.

AfriThrive Inc.

Allegany County HRDC

Allegany County United Way

Always In His Footsteps

America’s Hauling for Hope


Anne Arundel County Food Bank

Anne Arundel County Human Relations Commission

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, Inc.

Araminta Freedom Initiative

Ark of God International Ministry Inc.,

Asociacion Guatemaltecos Sin Fronteras inc

Audubon Naturalist Society

Baltimore Community ToolBank

Baltimore county Association of Senior Citizens Organizations, Inc.

Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc

Baltimore Fashion Alliance

Baltimore Outreach Services

Bay Community Support Services (Bay-CSS)


Be.orecaring, Inc.

BEACON House, Inc.

Bemorecaring, Inc


BioTechnical Inst of MD

Blacks In Government

Brain Injury Association of Maryland

Breakthrough Strategies, Inc.

BTST Cares Inc.


CASA of Baltimore County, Inc.

CASA of Western Maryland

Cedar Ridge Children’s Home & School, Inc.

Center for Convention On Democratic Integrity lnc

Center of Help Inc.

Charitable Choices

Charting Careers

Child Justice, Inc.

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, Inc.

Clean Beauty for Black Girls

Climate Communications Coalition

Clinica Medica Primaria de Rising Sun


Common Cause Maryland

Community Assistance Network

Community Bridges

Community Reach of Montgomery County

Community Solutions, Inc.

Community Support Systems, Inc.

CommunityNexus Consulting LLC


Comprehensive Housing Assistance Incorporated


Cornerstone Community Housing, Inc.

Cornerstone Montgomery

Diamond Life Inc

Disability Rights Maryland

Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Inc.

Doleman Black Heritage Museum, Inc.

Dream Queen Foundation

Dyslexia Tutoring Program

Education Reform Advocates, LLC



Empowering the Ages


Faith in Family Community Center Inc

Family League of Baltimore

For 3 Sisters

Friendship Outreach Center

Fuel Fund of Maryland

Future Harvest

Garrett County Community Action

Garrett County Lighthouse, Inc.

Greater Washington Urban League

Hampden Family Center

Harvest Resources in Anne Arundel Co.

Healing church of Christ

Hearts and Homes for Youth

Heart’s Place Services, Inc.

HeartSmart Foundation

Helen J. Serini Foundation

Historical Society of Baltimore County

Hoffberger Family Philanthropies

Home Based Medical Inc

HopeWell Cancer Support

Horizon Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Hosea Housing Resource Center

Hospice of the Chesapeake

Howard County Autism Society

HTP Homes, Inc

In Reach, Inc.

Interfaith Works

Intersection of Change


It Takes A Village Collaborative

J&S Brown Urban Housing Developers

James’ Place Inc.


Joe’s Movement Emporium


Justice Jobs of Maryland, Inc.

KD Leslie LLC

Key Point Health Services Inc

Kindness for Kidneys International, Inc.

Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services, Inc.

Literacy Council of St. Mary’s

Little Deeds, LLC

Love Wins Movement

Loving Care Senior Services

Management Counsel, LTD & LLC

Manna Food Center

Marian House

Martin Pollak Project Inc

Martin Pollak Project Inc.

Maryland Citizens for the Arts

Maryland Coalition of Families

Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center

Maryland Humanities

Maryland Hunger Solutions

Maryland Rare

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service



MHCF Foundation

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center

Minority Access, Inc.

Mobile Healthcare Services International Corp

Monterey Institute of Natural Medicine

Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Inc.

Movement Disorder Education and Exercise, Inc

MSBC 5 Star Program, Inc. CDC

NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc.

National Great Blacks In Wax Museum


New Day Maryland, Inc

Nueva Vida

On Our Own of Frederick County

One Source Wellness Center

OnTrack Washington County

Outcast Food Network

PapasLand Family Educational Advancement International Foundation Inc.

Parent’s Guide Cord Blood Foundation

Park Heights Saints Community Center, Inc.

Partnerships for Sustainable Development, Inc.

Passion and Compassion, INC.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center

Phoenix International Incorporated

Prince George’s Child Resource Center, Inc.

Professional Development and Research Center International (PDRC International)

Public Justice Center

Pure Play Every Day, Inc.

Purpose Parenting, Inc

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County

Redstart Creative

ROC Global Network

Saltzberg Consulting



Seeds of the City, Inc

Shared Support Maryland, Inc.

Sharp Dressed Man

Shifting Power Workgroup

Sisters Saving the City

Stella’s Girls Inc

Strategic Music Partnerships

Student Support Network

Susanna Wesley House

Sustainable Earth Eating

Tanyimor Foundation Inc

The Arc Baltimore

The Arc Montgomery County

The Arc NCR

The Arc Prince George’s County

The Arc Southern Maryland

The Board of Child Care

The Board Room Chess Inc

The Coordinating Center

The Global Z Recording Project

The Harford Center

The Harford Center, Inc

The Hearing and Speech Agency

The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc.

The National Center for Children and Families-NCCF

The Webb Group Inc. Educational Learning Center

Toiletry and Company

United Way of Cecil County

United Way of Frederick County

United Way of Kent County, Inc.

United Way of Southern Maryland

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore

United Way of the National Capital Area

Upward Thrive Academy, Inc.

Victory of Hope Outreach Ministry, Inc.

Water 2 Wine Consulting Group

We Care and friends

Westminster Rescue Mission, Inc.

Wide Angle Youth Media

Wilcome Human Services, Inc.

Willow Oak Therapy Center

Winter Growth, Inc.

Women Veterans United Committee, Inc.

Women with Initiatives, Inc.

Yellow Ribbon Fund

Youth Sports Collaborative Network



Susan Elizabeth Atwood

Jamar P Barnes

Ms. Kimberly Becker

Neil Bergsman

Jill Anne Berry

Laurie Bezold

Trezur Kapri  Black

Tonisha Boyd

Michelle Boyle

Lois M Brown

Ericka Burke

Sarah J Clark

Dana Cole

Veronica Cool

Melissa Curtin

Carl J DeLorenzo

Dr Gregory W Diachenko

Levietta DuBerry

Carol A Duvall

Imany Dye

Mr Justin Fair

Lauren Feingold

Mr Kevin Fitzgerald

Cesiah Fuentes

Elizabeth Gatti

Steven J. Gray

Monica Guerrero Vazquez

Vinicio Guzman

Valeri Hampton

Mr John D Herron

Mrs. Anginette Holmes

Kate Hull

Ms. Yvette Hynson

Heather Iliff

Jabari Jackson

Mr Warren Jones

Christine Keppel

Erica Lancaster

Peter Lane

Keichel Lewter

Charisse Lue

Doug Mann

Ana-Astrid Molina

Ms. Jessica Morgan

Lauren Munson

Nancy Newman

Duc Ntsomi

Cynthia O’Neill

Julia Pierson

Leanna Powell

Todd Powell

Kimberly W. Raikes

Alicia A Richardaon

Marie Schell

Ronald Shelley

Mr. Guffrie Matthews Smith  Jr.

Susan Kendall Sorenson-Clark

Dr. Kristin Sullivan

Pattie Tingle

Nyah Vanterpool

Kenika Walker

Anne Wallestad

Mrs. Elsie B Watts

Jennifer Williams

Conner Wolfe

Scott Wolgamuth

Ruby Zhang

About Maryland Nonprofits
Home to more than 1,300 members, Maryland Nonprofits is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit associations, with the mission to strengthen organizations and networks for greater quality of life and equity. The association has 30 years of experience and expertise and provides a range of programs and services that help organizations build their capacity, operate more efficiently, engage in cross-sector dialogue fostering collaboration, and advocate for key policy issues. Maryland Nonprofits offers the Standards for Excellence®, a nationally replicated accreditation program that enhances governance, management and the public’s trust in the nonprofit sector, and is also home of the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth and Maryland Latinos Unidos.

Imany is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Maryland Nonprofits. Born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Imany started her journey in Baltimore at Morgan State University where she earned a B.S. in Strategic Communications. Imany has worked for the Baltimore Curriculum Project as a Social Media and Marketing Specialist and has done some freelance social media work for small businesses. She enjoys traveling and writing and has had work published in the Baltimore Times.