RELEASE: Nonprofit Organizations Form New “ACTivate Maryland” Advocacy Campaign

March 16, 2018

Contact: Henry Bogdan,, 443-438-2318

Annapolis, MD – 
Maryland Nonprofits announced a new campaign to sustain important state investments in programs that create economic opportunities, promote equity and inclusion, and improve Marylanders’ quality of life. Advocates say such state resources are particularly critical at a time when federal funding for programs related to health, transit, environmental protection and community development is in jeopardy.


The new campaign, 
ACTivate Maryland, brings together a range of nonprofit organizations across the state that support sustained investments in education, healthcare, transit and other key areas that are crucial to promoting economic opportunity.


“While Maryland is one of the nation’s most affluent states, many individuals, families, and communities are locked out of that prosperity,” said Heather Iliff, executive director of Maryland Nonprofits, a statewide association of nonprofit organizations. “When Maryland invests in its communities, everybody wins. ACTivate Maryland will encourage Marylanders across the state to be more vocal about supporting state investment in critical programs.”


ACTivate Maryland’s partner organizations include:
  • 1000 Friends of Maryland
  • Advocates for Children and Youth Associated Black Charities
  • Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
  • CASH Campaign of Maryland (Creating Assets, Savings

  • Catholic Charities
  • Community Development Network of Maryland
  • Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
  • League of Women Voters
  • Job Opportunities Task Force
  • Maryland Center on Economic Policy
  • Maryland Citizens for the Arts
  • Health Care for All
  • Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth
  • Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth
  • Maryland Family Network
  • Nonprofit Montgomery
  • Nonprofit Prince George’s
On March 7, the Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates raised its projection for Fiscal Year 2019 by $433.6 million. Members of ACTivate Maryland believe that this new revenue gives the state an opportunity to invest in critical support programs and infrastructure that improve Marylanders’ quality of life. Advocates say state revenue is needed to improve public transit, expand the earned income tax credit (EITC), establish green energy jobs, increase affordable housing, provide better child care and promote Smart Growth policies.


“The bottom line is that we believe Maryland should be investing in people and communities,” said Iliff. “The ACTivate Maryland coalition will be a loud and consistent advocacy voice for creating new opportunities for people to build stronger lives, especially at a time when federal funding is at risk.”


ACTivate Maryland will provide information to and support nonprofits and individuals in making the case for sustained state investments that can help all communities thrive. The coalition is encouraging organizations and individuals to
sign a resolution committing to the campaign’s goals. 




Maryland Nonprofits is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a statewide membership association. It works to promote a thriving and effective nonprofit sector in Maryland. Its mission is to strengthen organizations and networks for greater quality of life and equity.