The Williamsburg Health Foundation works in partnership with local health and human service agencies to build capacity for nonprofit work in our community. This page lists resources identified as powerful tools for the support and growth of nonprofit agencies. This resource page is a work in progress. WHF welcomes your feedback and suggestions for other resources to share here. To contact us, write


The Office of Community Engagement at the College of William & Mary

The Office of Community Engagement partners with non-profits to create positive community-driven social change. We offer the opportunity to share volunteer needs in our weekly student volunteer listserv, host a volunteer fair in the September, networking and resource sharing events in fall and spring, and we funded a limited number of internships focused on students completing capacity projects for local non-profits. Visit our community partners webpage for details, and email if you would like to have a one-on-one conversation.

Williamsburg Regional Library

Listserv for Nonprofits

The Williamsburg Regional Library has a listserv for nonprofits to share information with each other. It’s called Nonprofit-l.

To sign up, click here.

Free E-Learning Resource is offered through the Williamsburg Regional Library System and is available to anyone with a library card. One simply goes to this site,, registers with a library card, and has free access to thousands of business, technology, and creative tools, such as Adobe Acrobat, WordPress and other marketing and website tools, Excel, Photoshop, etc.


Did you know that GuideStar was founded in Williamsburg?  And it still has its main office here?  Let’s hear it for the hometown hero for charity in America!

For a nonprofit organization, completing your GuideStar profile gives you a competitive edge.  According to GuideStar, “updating your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile ensures that prospective donors and funders will find the accurate, timely information about your organization. Your information will be seen by the 8 million users who visit GuideStar each year and millions more who visit the 200+ charitable applications and websites that are powered by GuideStar.”

GuideStar also lists all the private foundations in America.  You can use GuideStar as a tool for grant seeking.

The Foundation Center

For research on foundations and grants, nothing beats the Foundation Directory Online.  This can be an expensive tool for many, but there are libraries where it is available for free, and those locations are noted at the website.  Be sure to call ahead and make sure the library still has it.

The Foundation Center also offers fantastic free resources via its:

  • IssueLab: free research from social sector organizations.
  • GrantSpace: training for grantseekers (both free, online and paid in-person)

Standards for Excellence

The goal of Standards for Excellence is to promote the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management and operations, and to facilitate adherence to those standards by all nonprofit organizations.

The Standards for Excellence code builds upon the legal foundations of nonprofit management, governance, and operations to embrace fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, compassion, responsibility, and transparency. The code consists of six Guiding Principles in 27 topic areas with specific performance benchmarks that characterize effective, ethical, and accountable organizations.

The Williamsburg Health Foundation has an in-house consultant for Standards for Excellence.  Our in-house consultant can assist your organization as you establish and/or reestablish policies and procedures and best practices.  Feel free to contact the foundation for more information at

Local and Regional Information and Training Opportunities

Network Peninsula

Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville, Virginia

Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington, DC


Academic Programs for Nonprofit Studies

Tidewater Community College: Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Virginia Commonwealth University: Certificate in Nonprofit Management

University of Richmond: Master of Nonprofit Studies