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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 will address topics of interest to your organization and provide a confidential setting in which you and your 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.  

The next EDDG meeting is scheduled for February 21, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM. During this first EDDG meeting of 2024, the discussion will focus on “You and Artificial Intelligence (AI):  A Nonprofit’s Guide to Understanding and Getting Started with AI.”  We will also use this meeting time to get input on topics of interest for future EDDG meetings.  

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).  Brian Ullman, with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence will serve as a facilitator for each meeting.

Click on the link below to register for the February 2024 Discussion Group meeting. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lora Hamp at 

In partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the Community Foundation is continuing its Nonprofit Workshop Series with the first offering in 2024:  “The Three R’s of Volunteer Management.” Please plan to join us on Wednesday, February 28th, 10:00 AM to Noon, for this informative program presented by Cindy Frederick, CNE Trainer and Senior Associate Vice President of the Office of Engagement at the University of Virginia.    

Most nonprofits rely on volunteers to support their mission and deliver their services. Nonprofit programs truly flourish when volunteers are utilized strategically. This workshop will help you unlock the full potential of your organization by unleashing the power of strategic volunteer engagement. Dive into the art of Volunteer Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition to elevate your nonprofit programs where volunteers play a vital role in delivering impactful services.  

The fee for attending the workshop is $45.  It can be paid online by credit card at the time of registration, or it can be paid by check.

Checks should be made payable to the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and can be mailed in advance of the event to: Lora Hamp, Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, P.O. Box 815, Staunton, VA 24402. Please write “registration fee for Volunteer Management workshop” on the memo line of the check.

Payments by check may also be made at the door on the day of the event; however, please note that we will NOT be able to accept credit card payments at the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Lora Hamp at lhamp@cfcbr.

Please join us for a Nonprofit Coffee Talk on Thursday, March 7th, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 936 Sudbury Street in Staunton.

Enjoy coffee and light breakfast treats while learning more about how to incorporate sustainability into your nonprofit’s daily operations and event planning. Be sure to bring your own reusable water bottle or thermos.  Coffee cups will be available on site, compliments of the Go Green Bank, which is located on site at the Allen Chapel.

The Coffee Talk discussion will be facilitated by Georgi Tomisato, Founding President of Shenandoah Green/ Co-Chair Earth Day Staunton, and Jennifer Kirkland, who retired as General Counsel at Washington and Lee University and has been an active volunteer for many organizations. She currently serves as a composting volunteer for Shenandoah Green. Enjoy the opportunity to 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.