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.


Nonprofit Management Institute Coming to the Peninsula in January 2019! This joint initiative of NetworkPeninsula & Thomas Nelson Community College will provide CEUs and CFREs for every class. Participants can attend individual classes, obtain a Certificate in Fundraising, Volunteer Management or other area; or work toward a comprehensive Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Five-hour classes start at $75 with discounts for FULL members of NetworkPeninsula! To learn more and to Register, click here.

Nonprofit Learning Lab Returns! Save the Date for March 6, 2019 when this 1-day learning institute returns! To learn more and to register, click here.


Caring for Yourself and Your Employees – A Great Business Plan*
Held in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation
To Register, click here.

Who is caring for the caregiver? Every day, you and your staff focus your attention on working with clients and raising the level of our communities. The work is rewarding but also emotionally and physically demanding. But who is caring for the caregivers? Ignoring your own and your employees’ potential for mental, emotional and physical fatigue, stress related illness, depression and anxiety, can lead to employee “burnout,” turnover, and poor customer service. The cost to an agency is high in terms of human and financial resources.

We hope you will join us for this important Series in 2019. It is open to all nonprofit staff, in particular, to those who would be willing to take it back to all staff in order to help your entire organization focus more on self-care for the mind, body, and spirit.

All sessions will be held from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the
Community Education Center at Mary Immaculate Hospital.

January 11, 2019Introductory Session – Please join us to gain an understanding of the difference between employee burn out, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma and how to promote a healthy work environment. Please bring a member of your staff whom you think would foster the concepts and the techniques which would promote self-care on the job.

February 8Body Session: Optimize Well Being from the Inside Out – Participants will be led through a detailed examination of the body in a way that connects elements of the mind and spirit. Participants will learn about physical fitness, nourishment, energy and vitality and defense and repair; and learn how to analyze the condition of his/her own body in the context of well being, quality of life, and overall health.

March 8 – Being Emotionally Centered – Part of self-care as a compassionate provider is to ensure that you are taking care of yourself and your relationships.  This workshop will give you tips on how to keep emotionally balanced with realistic expectations and finding fulfillment in your work.

April 5 Being Spiritually Centered for Personal Reflection Time – In this busy world, we often put self-reflection on the back burner, yet this is a key component to life and work satisfaction. This workshop will look at ways for you to take time to connect with your priorities and dreams through mindfulness, meditation and purposefully living every day.

May 3Putting it All Together – This session will include a panel of local nonprofit leaders who have successfully incorporated these techniques into the workplace. There will also be time for group discussion to help formulate your own Body, Mind, Spirit Care Plan in the workplace.

August 16 Celebration and Networking – Join us to celebrate the mind, body, spirit transformation! We hope to hear from some of you as to how you have been able to incorporate what you have learned, challenges and triumphs in doing so, and overall celebration of you as we all get ready for a new year of helping others!

Series Facilitators:

Ellen Williams, Director of Behavioral Health Services;
Caroline Fornshell MS, RDN, CDE, NASM-CPT, Masters of Science, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, Certified Diabetic Educator, Certified Personal Trainer


Tuesday, January 29, 2019 – 5:00 – 7:00 pm – 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. To learn more and to Register, click here.

Stay tuned for more workshops to be added shortly!

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FEES: Workshop dates marked with an * are offered at no charge, thanks to funding from The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation. Additional workshops are offered free of charge for nonprofits with FULL MEMBERSHIPS (for up to two representatives); 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: NetworkPeninsula, 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News VA 23602. To pay online, please use the secure link provide below.

LUNCH: Workshops marked with an * include lunch provided by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation. For all other workshopsNetworkPeninsula provides bottled water and snacks and you are welcome to bring your lunch to eat during the workshop.

Workshops & Seminars


2nd Annual Faith ForumHeld in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation. We have invited members of the faith-based community from Newport News and Hampton to join nonprofits 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.

Human Resources Management 101 – Stefanie Walker, PHR, Inspiring HR. Whether you have employees now or will have some in the future, human resource management may seem too complicated. This workshop will provide some of the basic information you need to know, and help to simplify the process of employee management. Topics covered will include: Successful Hiring, Labor Law Overview, Exempt & Non-Exempt classifications, and Conducting Effective Performance Reviews.

Special “Giving Season” Edition of the Annual Campaign: Doing it Well & Then Doing it Even Better Next YearJoin Jane Stein, JPS Consulting to learn the ABC’s (and secrets!) of Annual Campaigning with special attention given to how to maximize the universal interest in giving between Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Starting at the beginning, this session covers planning, organizing and executing campaigns that will grow from year to year, and be innovative every step of the way! All participants will leave the session with an executable roadmap for running an Annual Campaign and with a much higher likelihood of meeting all Annual Campaign goals year after year. 

GuideStar Hands-On WorkshopJoin Melanie Beaumont, Director of Nonprofit Support at GuideStar, for this session aimed at building your organization’s capacity to attract more contributions and create a stronger presence in the nonprofit community. By improving your organization’s GuideStar profile, you will increase your visibility and ability to attract talent and investment while bolstering your credibility in the community. At this training, GuideStar associates will walk you through every step in updating your profile — on your personal tablet or laptop — to achieve your Seals of Transparency which will help increase your visibility and credibility in the community and on a national stage.

3rd Annual Legislative BreakfastHeld in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation. 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.

Building Relationships with Your Feathers!* – 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!

Charitable Giving Strategies & Your Long-Range Fundraising Plan – Two-part workshop on giving strategies and how to use them. 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 Part 2, Stacy Nixon, Philanthropy Director for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, will help nonprofits learn how they can incorporate these strategies into an organization’s long-range fundraising plan.

Board Development SeriesHow to Raise Money Without Asking for Money: A Discussion for Board Members – Allison Brody, Director of Community Resource Development & Engagement, Williamsburg Health Foundation. According to BoardSource, one of the ten responsibilities of a Board member to an organization is to “Secure adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.” Come and learn how to successfully recruit new donors and increase giving from current donors to your organization without having “to ask for money.”

Building Relationships with Local Funders* – Presented in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation – Join us as we hear from a panel of local foundation leaders how nonprofits can build better and stronger relationships, what trends in funding have impacted their grants process, and what the future of grants looks like for our area. Foundations that will be represented include: Peninsula Community Foundation, Williamsburg Health Foundation, Williamsburg Community Foundation, Gloucester/Mathews Community Foundation, and The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation

Grants II – Grantsmanship Outcomes and EvaluationTrina Willard, The Knowledge Advisory Group. In today’s climate of nonprofit accountability, sound program evaluation is critical to fundraising success. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create an evaluation plan, understand why and how to measure outcomes, and discover the importance of reporting and dialogue with the funder.

Building Relationships with Your Voice – Presented in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation – Join us as we hear from local nonprofit leaders who consider advocacy a major responsibility in developing relationships with local, state, and national government leaders and in bringing visibility to the issues their programs seek to address. We will also hear from Jerri Wilson, Legislative & Management Analyst from the City of Newport News, and Steve Bond, Assistant City Manager for the City of Hampton, who will share how nonprofits can build relationships with local government representatives before they approach them with a particular issue. Panel will be moderated by Steve Kast, CEO, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula.

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.

Building Relationships with the Media – 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. Panelists include: Barbara Ciara, Managing Editor, WTKR News 3/WGNT Channel 27; David Craft, Executive Producer, WAVY TV 10; Ryan Gilchrest, Managing Editor, The Daily Press; and Tom Davis, Publisher, WYDaily, Southside Daily, and the Hampton Newport News Daily (coming soon).The Panel will be moderated by Gail Kent from The Buzz Factoree.

Grants I – Grant Writing EssentialsJoin 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.

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.

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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