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Professional Development

Your Community Foundation is pleased to offer professional development opportunities for local nonprofit staff and board members. Through these offerings, we seek to enhance the skills necessary for a strong nonprofit sector.
Are you a Nonprofit Executive Director looking to engage with your peers for personal and professional development?

Join our Executive Directors’ Discussion Group (EDDG), which is meeting virtually on a quarterly basis to address topics of interest to your organization and provide a confidential setting in which peers can discuss and solve real-time problems with real-world-experience.  Focused topics for each meeting are provided, but broader conversations will be welcomed as well during each meeting of the EDDG.  

All meetings are scheduled for Wednesday mornings, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM:

NEXT MEETING:  September 27, 2023 — Cultivating Leadership Within Your Organization

Registration is free and open to Nonprofit Executive Directors of organizations serving residents of Staunton, Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Highland, and Nelson (or if your organization does not have an Executive Director, your Board Chair is invited to participate).  The Center for Nonprofit Excellence will provide a facilitator for each meeting.

Click on the link below to register for the September 2023 Discussion Group meeting. 

Register Here

Please join us for a Nonprofit Coffee Talk on Thursday, September 28th, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Headquarters in Verona. 

Enjoy coffee and light breakfast treats while learning more about how to strengthen Board-Executive partnerships. Rick Moyers, past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation will facilitate the discussion on this topic, which will be followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions, network, and catch up on the latest news from your friends in the nonprofit community.  

Registration is free of charge and will be limited to a small group in order to provide an ideal setting for connecting with your nonprofit colleagues. 

Register Here

Our capacity to affect change comes through strengthening the capacity of our nonprofit partners. To that end, we are excited to begin recruiting our second cohort of organizations to participate in Network for Good’s Jumpstart Program.  

What is Jumpstart, you ask? Jumpstart is a yearlong program, supported by a grant from the Community Foundation, that blends personal coaching, technology, and technical assistance, altogether designed to help your organization evolve fundraising processes and improve development outcomes.

As a first step toward enrolling in Jumpstart, we ask for your participation in a 15-minute needs assessment to help us identify your organization’s most common challenges and opportunities for growth, particularly related to fund development.  Please complete this survey before September 18, after which we will host a virtual information session on September 20 at 11:00 AM.