Maura Harrington

Building Community Capacity| Maura Harrington, Senior Vice President, Center for Nonprofit Management

Building community involves a wide array of actors, including business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector.  In a report published by the Office of Nonprofit Engagement of JP Morgan Chase, “Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in building healthy communities by providing critical services that contribute to economic stability and mobility.”   Further, the report notes that because of the “combination of strong community relationships and intimate local knowledge, these organizations often understand better than anyone else their communities; needs and the best ways to meet them.”

Nationally, there are nearly 1.3 million nonprofit organizations that account for nearly 10% of the labor force.  Here in the greater Los Angeles region, Los Angeles County is home to over 37,000 nonprofit organizations, the largest cluster in any county in the U.S.   In Southern California, no organization has played a greater role in providing critical resources to the nonprofit sector, enabling their important and necessary work.  Cultivating success has been the mission of CNM for over 40 years, as it’s delivered a wide array of services to nonprofit boards, developed capacity building programs, and provided technical assistance and training resources to millions of nonprofit leaders and board members throughout Southern California. 

Join us in this conversation with nonprofit leader, Maura Harrington, Senior Vice President, the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM), as we discuss the impact COVID 19 and the ensuing economic fallout has had on the nonprofit sector in the region; as she shares how the CNM has adapted to serve and build community capacity; and we learn about exciting new initiatives unveiled this past year to elevate and advance the next generation of community leaders.  To learn more, please visit:

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