Nonprofit Institute at CSM Partners with Leadership Southern Maryland to Help Regional Nonprofits  

The Nonprofit Institute at CSM and Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) introduce the Professional Services Hub, a pro bono program connecting Southern Maryland nonprofit organizations with professional counsel from LSM alumni.

The Professional Services Hub offers basic legal, accounting/financial, and insurance-related insight and answers at no initial charge. Several LSM alumni have agreed to offer their knowledge and expertise to local nonprofit organizations who may need some general advice and assistance.

Since its founding in 2011, the Nonprofit Institute has offered operational advice and insight in areas of leadership, management, marketing, communications and fundraising.

“Delivering pro bono services through this partnership is an excellent addition to the resources the Nonprofit Institute provides to the nonprofit community,” said Harriet Yaffe, St. Mary’s County coordinator for the Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland. Yaffe is also a founding LSM board member who currently serves on LSM’s Leadership Council. “One of my early goals for Leadership Southern Maryland was to strengthen the relationship between the business and nonprofit communities. Being part of the Nonprofit Institute, while staying involved with Leadership Southern Maryland, has helped me to realize that early goal.”

Leadership Southern Maryland is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of mid- to senior-level public and private sector executives about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the tri-county region. Over the last 10 years, Leadership Southern Maryland has hosted more than 300 graduates. Each annual class works on several service projects for nonprofit organizations throughout the Southern Maryland region.

“Aside from our alumni’s professional success, they all have a strong passion to inspire, connect and be present in their communities,” said LSM Executive Director Denise Foster. “Our alumni dedicate numerous hours to the nonprofit community, outside of the more than 21 projects completed within the Leadership Southern Maryland program.  A partnership between the Nonprofit Institute and Leadership Southern Maryland will provide the basic resources our community nonprofits need to be successful and we are excited to see what the future will bring.”

Interested nonprofit organizations may email the Nonprofit Institute at

About Leadership Southern Maryland

Leadership Southern Maryland develops leaders from the Southern Maryland area for regional collaboration by nurturing trusteeship among community leaders for the benefit of the Southern Maryland region; increasing understanding and awareness of regional opportunities and threats; and developing and strengthening networks of decision-makers to encourage cooperation and make informed choices. Learn more at

About the Nonprofit Institute at CSM

The Nonprofit Institute at CSM is Southern Maryland’s comprehensive resource for nonprofit organizations. The Institute offers training courses covering key areas of nonprofit leadership, management, strategic planning, fundraising, and board development; an annual conference, monthly leadership meetings; networking opportunities focusing on volunteer coordination, fundraising, marketing/public relations, and veterans’ groups; and hosts the Volunteer Southern Maryland online network connecting the community with volunteer opportunities.