NEXT Workshops

Nonprofit EXcellence in Training


We have partnered with highly skilled professionals & educators to provide the NEXT Program – quality continuing education for nonprofit staff, Board members & volunteers. Workshops have been designed to help nonprofits take the NEXT step in growing their organization by increasing productivity & effectiveness & maximizing the impact they have on the community. Since 2008, 106 Continuing Education Workshops have reached close to 1,000 nonprofit staff, Board members, and volunteers representing more than 280 organizations across the Peninsula! Additional Board Development Workshops and Community Forums have been accessed by more than 500 board members and business, government, faith-based, and community leaders.  

Our workshops and seminars are targeted at increasing effectiveness and creating sustainability for your organization. Our goal is to provide you with information and ideas that you can take back to your organization and put to work immediately. All of our professional development workshops are taught by industry professionals and are open to nonprofit staff, Board, and volunteers.

Workshops will continue to be added in Williamsburg
and Newport News throughout the year.

March 7The Virginia Nonprofit InstituteScholarships available, as well as discounts for NetworkPeninsula members! See below for details.

March 16Grants I – Grant Writing Essentials – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Williamsburg – Join Amy Nisenson, Executive Director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation; Principal, Amy Nisenson Consulting to learn best practices on preparing and submitting a successful grant proposal. Amy will share practical and proven techniques to improve your grant writing process and help to secure funds for your organization. This includes first learning the steps needed to ensure that your agency is grant-ready; tips and resources for grant research; helpful talking points to use with funders prior to proposal submission; and tools to use for building each component of the proposal. To Register, click here.

March 23 – Building Relationships with the Media* – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Newport News Presented in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation – Join us as we hear from a panel of local media representatives to learn how you can help ensure coverage of your story and how you can position your organization as an expert source for the issues your programs address. The Panel will be moderated by Gail Kent from The Buzz Factoree. Lunch will be provided. To Register, click here.

March 27  – Board Development SeriesThe Role of the Board Chair and the Chair/Executive Director Relationship 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Williamsburg – Amy Nisenson, Amy Nisenson Consulting; and Executive Director, Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. The role of a nonprofit board chair is vital to making sure the board is engaged and high-functioning, and this helps to ensure a healthy, sustainable nonprofit organization. The Board chair’s role is to model good governance and leadership for the rest of the board. The Board chair must also have a good working and collaborative relationship with the CEO>Executive Director. This workshop will help participants identify the key roles of the Board Chair, the role of the CEO/ED and their shared working relationship. Participants will walk away with best practices around this topic. Challenges that may arise with the Board Chair/CEO relationship will also be discussed. To Register, click here.

April 20 – Building Relationships with Your Voice* – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Newport News – Presented in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation – Join us as we hear from a panel of local government representatives to learn how you can build relationships by advocating for your cause. Hear from other nonprofit agencies that consider advocacy a major responsibility in bringing visibility to the issues their programs seek to address. Lunch will be provided. To Register, click here.

April 27Using Your 990 as a Marketing Tool – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Newport News – Beth Moore, CPA, Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs. To Register, click here.

May 11Grants II – Winning the Grantsmanship Game: Outcomes and Evaluation – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Williamsburg – Trina Willard, The Knowledge Advisory Group. To Register, click here.

May 18 – Building Relationships with Local Funders* – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Newport News – Presented in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation – Join us as we hear from a panel of local business and foundation leaders to learn how you can build strong relationships and encourage them to use their resources to come alongside you in fulfilling your mission. Lunch will be provided. To Register, click here.

June 1 – Charitable Giving Strategies & Your Long-Range Fundraising Plan – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Newport News – Join us for this two-part workshop on giving strategies and how to use them. In the first hour, Ellis H. Pretlow from Kaufman & Canoles will provide a primer on the various forms of charitable giving, their tax consequences, and legal mechanics from an estate planning attorney’s perspective. Board  members and long-time donors are welcome to join us as well. For the second hour, nonprofit staff and board members are invited to stay to learn how to incorporate these strategies into your organization’s long-range fundraising plan. To Register, click here.

June 5 – Board Development – Onboarding: What You Need to Know to Be a Great Board Member – 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Newport News – Join Jane Stein, JPS Consulting, for our newest class designed to help ensure that new board members fully understand the roles and responsibilities of serving on a Board, including fiduciary, fundraising, governance, board/staff relationships, and telling the nonprofit’s mission story. Due to limited class size, this class is open only to new Board members just starting their term and only to Board members serving nonprofits that have a FULL membership with NetworkPeninsula. Registration is $20 per person. Dinner will be provided. To register, click here.

June 22 – Building Relationships with Your Feathers!* – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Newport News Presented in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation – Birds of a feather flock together! Join us for this final session that is perhaps one of the most important as nonprofits come together to find common ground. Learn the benefits, and challenges, of working together. Hear from colleagues how collaboration can help your story, strengthen your voice, and increase resources available to you! Lunch will be provided. To Register, click here.

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 The Virginia Nonprofit Institute, March 7, 2018

The Nonprofit Learning Lab and NetworkPeninsula are hosting the Virginia Nonprofit Institute on March 7, 2018 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in Newport News, VA. The interactive institute is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit professionals. We offer workshops at the intermediate to advanced level. To learn more, click here.

Additional workshops will continue to be added at our Williamsburg and Newport News training locations.

Workshops marked with an * are offered at no charge, with special thanks to our Partner, The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation.  Additional workshops, unless noted otherwise, are offered free of charge for up to two representatives from nonprofits with FULL MEMBERSHIPS; or $20 per person from nonprofits with LIMITED MEMBERSHIPS. Workshop fees for all other Guests and non-members are $25 per workshop. Where applicable, payments can be mailed to: 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News VA 23602; or paid online, using our secure Paypal link below.

Workshops & Seminars


Tax Reform Act of 2017 & How it Will Affect Your Nonprofit – Beth Moore, CPA, Managing Member; and David Seeley, CPA, Senior Manager, Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 creating the most significant changes to the tax code in the past 20 years.  The Act included changes to the tax code directly related to not for profit entities as well as other changes that will affect the operating environment of these entities.  This workshop will review these changes as well as discuss some varying other topics to assist in ensuring compliance with a number of historical regulations. To Register, click here.

Building Relationships with  Your Story – Presented in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation – Does your organization do a good job of telling the story of your work? Stories people will remember? Stories that drive people to action? Join Sarah Milston from The Spark Mill, as she explains why telling good stories is vital, helps you to identify what makes a story “good,” and shows how all of it relates to relationship building with clients, partners, and donors. You will also learn some tips and tools for crafting your own stories.

Onboarding: What You Need to Know to Be a Great Board Member – Join Jane Stein, JPS Consulting, for NetworkPeninsula’s newest class designed to help ensure that new board members fully understand the roles and responsibilities of serving on a Board, including fiduciary, fundraising, governance, board/staff relationships, and telling the nonprofit’s mission story.

The Basics of Relationship Building* – Kick off your new year right with a communication strategy planning session. Shelley Smith, owner of Premier Rapport, will open up with “60 Seconds to Connect.” She will talk through key steps to relationship building through communication in person, online, and everything in between, including how to introduce yourself and what to share in a short amount of time. You will also learn vital tips on how and when to communicate with new contacts. This will be more than show and tell. Bring your communication plans with you and be ready to walk away ready to implement them!


Executive Director Survival Skills PLUS
Jane Stein, JPS Consulting. This 3-hour class is designed to give newer Executive Directors and CEOs (in their role 3 years or less) a guide to what it takes to survive as an extraordinary leader of a successful nonprofit organization. This class will cover the nature of leadership and moving successfully from mission to performance with happier management of your Board, better management of your Staff, great management of your money, and healthier management of your time and your life. This class will include learning, activities, and opportunities to network with fellow EDs and to create relationships for continued sharing of successes, challenges, and issues that you face as you lead your organization to fulfill its mission.

*Special Session – 
Faith-Based Forum (Newport News & Hampton)
We have invited members of the faith-based community in Newport News and Hampton to join nonprofits serving these communities for lunch and conversation concerning issues facing our communities and the critical role nonprofit agencies play in providing vital services to those in need. Because the faith-based sector plays such an important role in bringing community members together, it is important for nonprofits to develop and maintain strong relationships with local congregations. You will also have an opportunity to meet directly with church leaders to share your programs directly. Hosted by NetworkPeninsula and the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation(NOTE: A similar Forum for Williamsburg-based churches is also being planned. Details to follow shortly.) 

Board Development Series – Succession Planning for Nonprofit Boards
Amy Nisenson, Amy Nisenson Consulting and Executive Director of Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. Are you always thinking “who is going to be our next Board Chair? Vice Chair? If so, this two-hour workshop will help you take a proactive approach to board officer succession planning. The workshop will cover how to plan for board officer succession, how to identify leadership qualities and elect the best candidates for the positions. We will also discuss leadership roles and job descriptions and other best practices in board officer governance.

Special Session – 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast – Join us as we hear from local, state, and federal government representatives how the current political climate may affect nonprofit organizations locally. Nonprofits will also have an opportunity to talk with representatives to share the nonprofit sector’s perspective.  Hosted by NetworkPeninsula & the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation.

Board Development Series Financial Oversight for Board Members: Understanding What the Numbers Mean
Randy P. Howard, President, 501 Advisors is coming back for Part Two! After a successful workshop on the Fiduciary Responsibilities of Board Members, Randy will return to provide a deeper dive into financial oversight. Not every nonprofit Board Member arrives with a deep appreciation for, or even a passing familiarity with, financial reports, yet each carries a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that resources are deployed appropriately. Even more importantly, Board Members are the primary advocates for the organization, and must be prepared to tell the organization’s story – including the ‘financial story.’ For new and experienced Board Members, enhance your understanding of your role in the dynamics of nonprofit finance.

Using Quickbooks to Track Your Grants
Florence Santoro – ABS – Accounting & Bookkeeping Solutions – Join us to learn how to set up grants in QuickBooks correctly. Class will include setting up an invoice, showing how to track multiple grants, how to post an expense to a grant, how to pull a report showing how much was received, the expenses posted to the grant, and if you still have money left to spend.

Board Development Series Understanding the Fiduciary Responsibilities of Nonprofit Board Members
Randy P. Howard, President, 501 Advisors. Nonprofit Board members serve as stewards of the public trust and are expected to oversee the affairs of the organization in a manner consistent with that level of trust.  This includes not only financial accountability compliance, and governance, but also strategic thought for how best to accomplish the organization’s charitable purpose. In this workshop, nonprofit staff and Board will learn how Board members can fulfill the nine areas of fiduciary responsibility they hold as a nonprofit leader.

Board Development Series Building, and Keeping, the Powerhouse Board*
Presented by Drucker & Falk Real Estate. Join us for our 100th Workshop with Jane Stein, JPS Consulting, to learn how to build, manage, and keep the best nonprofit board! For Executive Directors, learn what you can do as an Executive Director to build and manage a Powerhouse Board. For Board Leadership, learn the skills and secrets to developing a Powerhouse Board. Included in the session will be: Just what does the word ‘governance’ really mean? What are the real roles and responsibilities of my board? How can I get my board to participate in fundraising? How can we evaluate our work as a board? For All, learn what makes a board successful in the areas of mission, strategic planning, leadership, and resources; and monitoring and improving itself.

Understanding, Developing, and Implementing the Development Plan for Your Organization – Part I, II & III
Offered in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation

Stacy Nixon, CFRE, Philanthropy Director, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. Join us for this series of three extended, interactive sessions that will include development best practices, implementation planning for organizations, and a collaborative “how-to” discussion among the participants. The culmination of the series will be an annual development plan and initial case statement for your organization.

Board Development Series Best Practices for Board Meetings and Board Engagement
Amy Nisenson, Principal, Amy Nisenson Consulting, and Executive Director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. Learn best practices for nonprofit Boards on how often to meet, the use of consent agendas, creating mission moments, when and how to call executive sessions, the importance of Board retreats, and more. Amy will provide useful methods and tools to improve engagement from everyone during board meetings and help ensure that your meetings are seen as critical for moving your organization forward. OPEN TO STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS.

Board Development Series – The Role of the Board in Fundraising
Join Jane Stein, President, JPS Consulting, for this important and entertaining workshop on how Board members can happily and comfortably engage in raising the needed resources for their organization…after all…no money, no mission! Discover why we fear asking for money. Explore the variety of ways to raise those dollars. Understand the difference between a solicitation and building a sustainable relationship. Learn the 5 easy pieces of personal solicitation. Gain a better understanding of the role the Board plays in fundraising. Find the happy staff/board balance that ensures a great partnership within your organization.

Strategic Planning & Management 3-Part Series 
Amy Nisenson, Principal, Amy Nisenson Consulting, and Executive Director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. In this 3-part series, Amy will guide participants through the process of strategic planning and give you a working document to bring to your Board and work toward a completed strategic plan. Hands-on activities will be an integral part of these sessions as you work through planning tools and worksheets to guide you through the steps, including: assessing your organization, both internally and externally; formulating goals, objectives, and initiatives; developing your business plan; implementing and operationalizing your plan; and monitoring your progress.

Understanding & Preparing for the New Nonprofit Accounting & Reporting Requirements
Bo Garner, Co-Leader, Not-for-Profit Team, PBMares LLP — ASU 2016-14 “Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities” requires the most significant changes to not-for-profit financial reporting in over 20 years!

Strategic Thinking
Melissa Andrews, Leading Age Virginia — Before you create, or update, your strategic plan, it is important to know who you are! This session is offered ahead of our series on Strategic Planning to help you get a better understanding of the difference between purpose and mission, and the difference between your mission, vision, and values.

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