The Nonprofit Village is Montgomery County’s first and only multi-tenant nonprofit center. The organization was founded to strengthen the reach and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, by providing affordable office space and opportunities for collaboration, capacity-building, and a variety of virtual office services, thereby sustaining a standard of excellence in a vibrant community-serving the nonprofit sector. The benefits and services provided to tenant members help them reduce essential operating and administrative costs, allowing these important groups to more keenly focus on their mission of providing vital services to the members of our community.
Conceptualized as an initiative of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County in 2002, a small but committed group of nonprofit leaders and philanthropic organizations established a vision for a nonprofit center that would fit the needs of the sector in Montgomery County.
Both local and statewide legislators and philanthropic organizations were early supporters of the Nonprofit Village. Providing planning, guidance and initial funding, several local foundations, along with the founders, were the catalyst to establish the nonprofit center.
Incorporated in 2006, the Nonprofit Village began to explore possible rental spaces throughout the county, while organizational leadership surveyed nonprofit organizations in the county to learn more about the specific needs of potential members. Ultimately, our focus narrowed to provide space to be used for nonprofit administration and training programs offered by our members.
In 2008, we identified the unique opportunity for the rental of space in the Jewish Council for the Aging building in Rockville. A 10,000 square foot space on the second floor was ideally situated to allow for a combination of offices and stand-alone workstations. In 2009, the Nonprofit Village opened its doors to very small and emerging nonprofits looking for affordable office space.
We look forward to working with all of our stakeholders to expand our program services and identify additional outlets for serving the capacity needs of the nonprofit sector in our region.
Our Founding Board Members include:
Lisa Claudy Fleishman
Mary Ann Holohean
Clarice Dibble Walker
The Nonprofit Village celebrated its 5th Anniversary in 2014.