LEONARDTOWN, Md. – 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 thru 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. 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 nonprofit@csmd.edu.