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.




2020 Webinars:

Equity & Unconscious Bias – Presented in partnership with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation – for nonprofit leaders and staff to come together to learn more about racial equity and unconscious bias, assumptions that can get in the way of our good intentions and keep us from building authentic relationships with people different from ourselves. By better understanding the impact of these biases, we can work to enhance inclusive and equitable work environments. This session will be presented by Matthew Freeman, Principal and Founder of Dialectix, and Author of Overcoming Bias; and Dr. David Campt, a national expert in the areas of inclusion and equity, cultural competence, intergroup dialogue, and civic engagement. Session will include stories, exercises, and activities to help us reflect on our experiences and understand how hidden biases are formed. It will be an opportunity for education, discussion, sharing insights, and growing forward together.

Preparing Your Staff for Re-Opening  – The Center for Child & Family Services reopened last week following much planning and preparation with staff. Join the conversation with Mike Edmonds, Executive Director; Ellen Williams, Director of Behavioral Health; and Dahlia Hendricks, Director of Finance & Human Resources to learn how they prepared and continue to support the emotional wellbeing of their staff and clients during this unique time.

Child Care Support for Your Employees Coming Back to WorkEmployees returning to work may have trouble finding child care. Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula has firsthand knowledge through its quality early childhood programming about what care is available, how to find it, and what to expect. Join the conversation with Executive Director, Diane Umstead and Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist, Nancy Null to learn how to support your working families.

Donor Stewardship Even in Times of Crisis – Average donor retention rates for nonprofit organizations are less than 50 percent. Donors cite poor communication and lack of appropriate recognition as reasons to stop support. The cost of acquiring a new donor is typically five times the cost of renewing an existing donor. Improving how you thank and steward your donors can lead to better donor retention. Learn actionable steps nonprofit organizations of all sizes can take to improve communications with donors and encourage their ongoing support. Through examples from a mid-sized nonprofit, learn what works in the real world. Join Stephanie Cory, nonprofit consultant, trainer, and speaker for this important webinar to learn why donors stop supporting organizations and why they continue their support for others; develop a donor stewardship plan; and implement strategies to keep donors engaged during challenging times.

Managing your Workforce Now! Return to Work Strategies – Your organization has quickly reacted to adapt to a virtual workforce, navigate the terrain of new regulations, and so much more! Now the focus is shifting to how to bring your workforce back safely. Join HR professionals Beth Williams and Kevin Grey, from Warren Whitney, a management consulting firm specializing in working with nonprofit organizations, as they guide us as we look toward opening our doors again. This seminar will address the best strategies for your organization for a smooth transition back to the workplace. Join us as we look toward opening our doors again.

Creative Thinking to Keep You Moving ForwardTrina Willard, Knowledge Advisory GroupThe COVID-19 pandemic has raised many questions in the nonprofit sector about how to continue vital services in times of uncertainty. How do we serve clients when we must be physically distanced? How do we best utilize our staff’s talents when public health concerns require them to work from home? How does the crisis we are in today affect our funding picture tomorrow? Join us for a call with Trina Willard, Principal Consultant of Knowledge Advisory Group, to discuss ways of thinking that help us maintain a focus on the future in the midst of crisis.

Quickbooks Reporting During COVID + Q&A – Florence Santoro, ABS – Accounting & Bookkeeping Solutions – Join us to learn more about reporting in-kind contributions, tracking info for SBA/COVID loans, providing reports to Board members, and more, including questions and answers on anything Quickbooks!

Fiduciary Oversight During COVID-19The Bright Solutions – Join us for a discussion on internal and external factors to be considering in the midst of COVID, recommendations for managers and boards to consider as you continue to operate, and Q&A with attendees to help you move forward.

Leadership Challenges During the COVID CrisisBelinda Willis, Consultant to nonprofits for 30+ years. – Join us for a discussion on the leadership challenges that you are currently facing in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Hear from your colleagues, and get new perspective and guidance from each other, as well as from our experienced facilitator.

Hosting Effective & Engaging Board Meetings Online –  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.

Messaging with Your Community During COVID-19 –  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.

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.