NEXT Workshops

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We have partnered with highly skilled professionals & educators to provide the NEXT Program – quality continuing education for nonprofit staff, Board members & volunteers, designed to help nonprofits take the NEXT step in growing their organization, increasing productivity and effectiveness, and maximizing their impact in the community. Since 2008, more than 175 workshops and webinars have reached 1,100+ nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers serving nonprofits on the Virginia Peninsula.


Open to all nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers.

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These 5-month Cohorts are for nonprofit professionals at all stages, including Rising Leaders, Current Leaders, and Retiring Leaders and will include expert instruction, peer learning, individual and group coaching, and mentoring. The first round of our 2024 Cohorts is now full. Stay tuned via this page or sign up for our e-newsletters to be the first to hear when we launch the second round! To learn more about the Cohorts, click here.



SPEAKING WITH IMPACTFebruary 23, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Newport News – Shelley Smith, Premier Rapport – Speaking with impact is an essential skill that involves conveying your message in a compelling and influential manner. It goes beyond mere words, encompassing factors like tone, body language, and presence. Mastering this skill empowers individuals to captivate their audience, inspire action, and leave a lasting impression. Learning Objectives: 1) Effective Communication Techniques: Understand and apply various communication techniques, including tone modulation, pacing, and the strategic use of pauses to enhance the impact of your message. Importance of prep and roll playing; 2) Body Language Mastery: Learn to harness the power of non-verbal communication through conscious control of gestures, facial expressions, and posture, contributing to a more persuasive and impactful delivery; and 3) Crafting Persuasive Narratives: Develop the ability to structure and deliver narratives that resonate with your audience, using storytelling techniques to create emotional connections and drive engagement. TO REGISTER, click here.

TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR NONPROFITSMarch 8, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Newport News – Reginald A. Fox, Virtual Learning Specialist – This workshop will focus on considerations for integrating technology into your nonprofit in order to help meet organizational and technical needs. Various components that comprise the main focus areas of a Technology Plan will be addressed, including examples of planning, software, technology hardware and support, network, security, training, development, and evaluation. There will be ample time for Q&A. This workshop is offered in partnership with The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation. TO REGISTER, click here (at the end of the registration, there will be a link to answer three quick questions that will help Mr. Fox tailor his presentation to the audience needs.) Registration closes on Monday, March 4 at noon. 


LOCATIONS: Workshops will be held in Newport News or Williamsburg. Final location will be provided the week of the workshop.

REGISTRATION: The final page of your registration is your confirmation. You will receive a reminder email the MONDAY before the workshop, to the email you used to register.

FEES: Single workshops and Webinars are offered at no charge as part of membership for representatives of current member organizations. Workshop Series are offered at a discount for members. For all other guests, and non-members, the fee is $25 per person (if you are not a member yet, this can be used toward your annual membership fee which ranges from $50 to $250, and gives you access all of our workshops for free, plus many more benefits!).

CANCELLATION: While it is our pleasure to be able to offer workshops and webinars free of charge to you as part of your membership with us, they are not free for us, as we pay our instructors based on estimated attendance. Per our attendance policy, if you have registered and are unable to attend, or to send a substitute, one week notice is required. For those who register but do not attend, have not cancelled one week prior, and/or have not sent a substitute in their place, there will be a charge of $25 per person.)