Nonprofit Development Center

Nonprofit Development Center and MD Dept of Commerce LogosIf you’re in the early stages of running a nonprofit and need help finding your footing, look no further! The Nonprofit Development Center (NDC), sponsored by the Maryland Department of Commerce, offers free resources, training, consulting, and more. Participating in the NDC is like getting the owner’s manual for your nonprofit organization!


  • Classified as a 501 (c) (3), (4), or (6) organization
  • Operating budget under $750,000
  • Less than 10 years old.
  • Located in Maryland
  • Apply now!

Participation in the NDC is not a full membership with Maryland Nonprofits. Full members get additional benefits. Join as a full Maryland Nonprofits member today!



Apply to the NDC

There is no cost to join the NDC. To apply, submit an online application. After reviewing your information and determining your eligibility, we will send you a notification regarding your acceptance. 


Should Maryland Nonprofits Members Apply to the NDC?

Yes! Members have additional benefits as NDC participants.

NDC Participant Benefits by Membership Type All NDC Participants NDC
Online Member Community access x x
Free technical assistance via online portal x x   
Free document downloads x x
Discounted and Free Classroom and Online Training x    x  
Free participation in Executive Roundtables x    x
Discounted Annual Conference registration x   x   
Free technical assistance by phone x x
1-hour free consulting x   x  
Priority registration for certain programs x   x  
Free consulting engagement eligibility* (up to 20 hours)   x  
Free Annual Conference registration*    x
Standards for Excellence Basics Recognition application & license fee waived   x
*Subject to limitations   x
Once I'm accepted, how do I begin accessing resources?

Once you’re accepted, you will receive a welcome email inviting you to set up an initial appointment with NDC staff who will set up your one-hour consulting session. We will invite you to attend a welcome webinar with our Membership Manager who will explain how to take advantage of the benefits that the Nonprofit Development Center has to offer. You will also receive an invitation to log into the member community. There you will find:

  • Immediate access to our member network newsfeed — an opportunity to connect with others.
  • A searchable library of articles, educational resources, sample documents, and customizable templates, including all 27 Standards for Excellence™ companion resources.
  • The “Ask a Question” help desk button, which links you directly to our staff for quick answers.
  • Access to discounted and free member learning and networking events.
  • The ability to extend the NDC benefits to additional staff and board members by adding them to your account.
How will I know which resources are appropriate for my organization?

Prior to your 1-hour consulting session, we will invite you to join take our capacity assessment. This quick online survey will help to identify where you may need to improve and what resources will be most helpful for you.

What if my issue is really complex?

Sometimes, a sample policy or a professional development opportunity isn’t enough. If you’ve got a complex issue you need help solving, a limited number of NDC participants each year may apply for a consulting engagement (up to 20-hours). Strong applicants will demonstrate that they have taken advantage of all the NDC services available to them and should show how a consulting engagement will have an impact on their ability to achieve their mission.

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