NEXT Workshops

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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 are designed to help nonprofits take the NEXT step in growing their organization by increasing productivity & effectiveness & maximizing their impact on the community. Since 2008, more than 130 workshops have reached over 1,000 nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers serving nonprofits on the Virginia Peninsula.



Messaging with Your Community During COVID-19 – Wednesday, April 1 – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – The Spark Mill – Join for a chat with The Spark Mill CEO + Founder Sarah Milston and Associate Consultant Chelsea Higgs Wise to hear guidance on communicating with your stakeholders during COVID-19. The team will cover client, donor, and community messaging tips and trends for 30 minutes and then open the webinar to your live questions. To Register, click here. (NOTE: The live webinar is offered free of charge to all. The recorded version will be available for a small fee at a later date.)

Hosting Effective & Engaging Board Meetings Online – Thursday, April 2 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Jeanne Allen Consulting – Now that you have moved your board meetings online, what’s next? Join Jeanne Allen to learn how you can host effective and engaging board meetings in the “new normal” of online. This short webinar will cover tips for facilitating, organizing and structuring an effective, and engaging meeting. We will touch on the tech side, but most of our time will be on the people side and keeping your Board engaged through this crisis. To Register, click here. (NOTE: The live webinar is offered free of charge to all. The recorded version will be available for a small fee at a later date.)


*Equity in Nonprofit ManagementTENTATIVE – Friday, May 15 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Newport News – Presented in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation – Join us for this important full day workshop with information specifically tailored for the nonprofit sector. This hands on, interactive training will be presented by Chelsea Higgs Wise, Lindsey OPries, and Sarah Milston, from The Spark Mill, a consulting practice located in Richmond VA and providing services to nonprofits, government, higher education and businesses on strategic planning, organizational development, creative facilitation and retreats. All three instructors regularly train in this capacity and have several equity clients for whom they have presented. All nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers are welcome to join us if able to commit to attendance for the entirety of the session. The only other requirement of participants is to bring your humility and open mind. To learn more about this class, and the team presenting it, click here.

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The Nonprofit Management Institute is a joint initiative of NetworkPeninsula & Thomas Nelson Community College.  All classes are open to nonprofit staff, board members, and anyone interested in developing and/or improving their skills in the nonprofit sector. Participants can take classes individually or work toward various Certificate Programs, as well as the overall Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Classes are $85 per class ($75 for NetPen members). Training funds are available!  For a list of 2020 classes, to learn more, and to Register, click here.


Classes for current board members of local nonprofits are held throughout the year to help you better understand the roles, responsibilities, and rewards of serving on a nonprofit board. To learn more, click here.

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FEES: Workshop dates marked with an * are offered at no charge, thanks to funding from The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation. All other workshops are offered free of charge for nonprofits with CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS (for up to two representatives, and $20 per person over two). For all other guests and non-members, the workshop fee is $25 per person. Where applicable, payments can be mailed to: NetworkPeninsula, 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News VA 23602. To pay online, please use the secure link provided below. PLEASE BE SURE MONEY IS DUE BEFORE PAYING. IF REFUNDS NEED TO BE MADE AS A RESULT OF UNNECESSARY PAYMENT, WE WILL NEED TO CHARGE YOU THE FEES CHARGED BY PAYPAL FOR PROCESSING THE REFUND.