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2018 Nonprofit Workshops

Cindy Colson, Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Community Foundation, in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, is pleased to offer the following 2018 workshops:

February 21st: 9am-11am (Completed)

Nonprofit Board Chair Workshop

In a highly functioning organization, the board Chair leads the board in the oversight, thinking, and support that is critical to good governance. In partnership with the Executive Director, the board Chair prioritizes what is most critical for the board to address and sets the tone for the organization’s work. In this workshop, board Chairs will learn valuable tips on how to build leadership skills and make their tenure as Chair successful. Participants will learn:

  • Board Chair responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of the board
  • Executive Director/Chair partnership
  • Building consensus
  • Chair succession planning

Trainer: Cindy Colson, CNE Director of Strategic Initiatives. Cindy brings over 18 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked on building strong collaborations with more than 65 nonprofits to develop programs and initiatives to address community needs.


April 18th: 9am-11am (Completed)

Human Resources: Values, Styles, and Leadership in the Workplace

Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

In this training we will work through your role as a leader, addressing what kind of leader you are and how to best utilize your abilities. We will review the multi-generational workplace and how to address different ages and work-styles within the organization. We will also work through how to directly apply your organization’s Mission, Vision, and Values to your leadership style and how to connect your company culture to the organization’s core values.

We will discuss how to implement what you learn directly into your workplace. This will be a very hands-on and open-dialogue session, so come prepared to engage and share.

Trainer: Maria Carra Rose, owner Augmenti Consulting. Carra works with organizations to create a healthy workforce by attracting, recruiting, and retaining talent. She helps clients to develop human capital systems that work best for their companies, creating employee cultures with intention.


April 30th: 9am-11am (Completed)

Creating a Compelling Case for Support

Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

Gain insight and practical strategies on how to create an inspiring case for support for your organization in this two-hour workshop facilitated by development leader and consultant Rebecca Girvin-Argon.

This workshop will help you think about the what, why, and how of your non-profit organization’s work in ways that will make it most meaningful to your external community and to donors.

You’ll work in teams to build a framework to serve as your “architecture” for the ongoing refinement of your case.

Trainer:  Rebecca Girvin-Argon is an experienced consultant, executive, mentor and practitioner specializing in fundraising and planning for non-profit organizations.   Her experience includes several years in full-time consulting with Marts & Lundy, twelve years in top posts with conservation organizations, an equal number of year in cultural institutions, and seven years in higher education advancement.


August 14th: 1pm-3pm

Strategy: Creating a Strategic Framework

Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane) 

Strategic planning is important to an organization because it provides a sense of direction and outlines goals. More recently, organizations are stepping away from traditional strategic plans – detailed, specific activities to be pursued over a specified time frame – to a strategic framework that offers a sense of how an organization will approach its work. The framework is grounded in proactive responsiveness and adaptive leadership, balancing an organization’s long-term goals with the flexibility to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.

Participants will learn how to develop an identity statement, create a strategy screen, understand the organization’s Big Question, and develop a strategy road map.

Trainer: Cindy Colson, CNE Director of Strategic Initiatives. Cindy brings over 18 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked on building strong collaborations with more than 65 nonprofits to develop programs and initiatives to address community needs.


AUGUST 29TH: 9AM-11AM (Previously scheduled for June 26th)

Marketing: Increasing Awareness through a Communications Plan

Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane)

Does your organization need to share its story in a meaningful and positive way to a variety of critical audiences?  This is a “YES” for most organizations large and small, and the smaller your staff the more urgent it is to be purposeful and targeted to achieve your desired communications results.  A strategic communications plan helps focus your efforts by identifying who you should be communicating with, what you should be saying and when and how you put your messages out.  This session will lay out the process for developing and implementing a strategic communications plan that can help you use your resources most effectively.  You will leave with a framework and doable actions steps towards achieving a proactive communications strategy.

Trainer: Lee Catlin. Lee has extensive experience as a strategic communicator and marketing specialist. She has a BA degree from UVA in English, Speech Communications. Lee spent the majority of her professional career with Albemarle County overseeing communications, media relations, and community engagement.


September 18th: 9am-11am

Developing an Annual Giving Plan

Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane) 

The annual fund serves to establish a base of individual donors that can involve, inform, and create connections with others to your organization. It secures a steady flow of income for programs and services, and provides a launching point for further fundraising efforts beyond this baseline. But what do successful annual fund campaigns look like and consist of? This session is an introduction to the key components of successful annual fund campaigns

Participants will walk away with a solid understanding of:

  • Why the annual fund is considered the front line and foundation of all fundraising
  • How to prepare for your upcoming year’s annual fund from evaluating the successes from your previous year’s campaign, as well as a series of known benchmarks
  • Examples of how to get creative in your annual fund campaign
  • How to engage and involve board members and other volunteers in the annual fund process.

Trainer: Laurie Jarrett Rogers. Laurie is an independent grant writer. Since 1995, she has been supporting nonprofits in all aspects of fundraising such as starting or increasing annual giving, formulating strategies for capital campaigns, developing case statements, writing grant proposals, and teaching good stewardship of the relationships with funders.


October 2nd: 9am-11am

Effective Governance Practices

Best Western PLUS, Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane) 

Healthy board governance results in highly effective and impactful organizations. The workshop will provide basic governance education to help participants develop clear next steps for advancing the role of the board in their organizations. Governance topics to be discussed include:

  • Basic responsibilities of a nonprofit board
  • Roles of board members and officers
  • Principles of governance that power exceptional boards
  • Common board shortcomings
  • Characteristics of productive board meetings

Trainer: Cindy Colson, CNE Director of Strategic Initiatives. Cindy brings over 18 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked on building strong collaborations with more than 65 nonprofits to develop programs and initiatives to address community needs.