Engagement and Advocacy

Congress has revived Congressionally Directed Spending, also known in the House of Representatives as Community Project Funding requests and commonly known as earmarks. Learn more!

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  By: Nancy Barry, Manager, Special Initiatives and Neisha McGee, Manager of Advocacy, Engagement, and Mobilization, Independent Sector Since its inception, the nonprofit sector has served as the bridge between government and community – a role that has ultimately defined America. Yet, despite our scale and unique understanding of community needs, nonprofits are often on […]

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With a new year comes many new changes and exciting updates for the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY). January 12, 2022 brought in Maryland’s 444th General Assembly and I am excited to be working with our members and other key stakeholders to address the many changes that need to be addressed. […]

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In July of 2020, our General Counsel, Paddy Morton, was driving to Deep Creek Lake for a family vacation when she saw a human lynching effigy. Trigger warning: Distressing image Horrified, she contacted the authorities who indicated the effigy had been hanging on that private property for years and there was nothing that could be […]

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“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.

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Treasury’s New Final Rule Replaces The Interim Rule From Last May On January 6, the US Treasury Department released the final rule for State and Local Governments’ use of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds. The new rules are simpler and allow somewhat broader use of the funds than did the May interim rule. Even […]

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A-Z resource on nonprofit best practices

Advocating for the interests of families and youth

Unifying efforts across Maryland to support all Latino and immigrant populations.

Promoting a thriving and effective nonprofit sector