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 partners, collaborators, and opportunities 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources updated 5/23/2018
The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) partners with nonprofits to create positive community-driven social change. OCE offers the opportunity to share volunteer needs in its weekly student volunteer listserv, hosts a volunteer fair in the September, and holds networking and resource sharing events in fall and spring. OCE funds a limited number of internships focused on students completing capacity projects for local nonprofits. Visit the community partners webpage for details, and email email@example.com for a one-on-one conversation.
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
Lynda.com is offered through the Williamsburg Regional Library System and is available to anyone with a library card. One simply goes to this site, http://www.wrl.org/lyndacom, 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 Williamsburg Community Foundation gives grants twice a year to a wide variety of Williamsburg-area nonprofit organizations working in many different fields, including arts and culture. If you are a local organization, be sure to check them out.
Did you know that there are over 25 foundations in the Williamsburg area? Wondering about all the other local foundations? You can find them in a variety of ways. Check out the next entry below!
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Local and Regional Information and Training Opportunities
Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville, Virginia
Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington, DC
This resource is out of Richmond, Virginia. It describes itself as a one-stop communication network linking individuals with the ideas, information, and resources that help the nonprofit community stay informed and work together. ConnectVA is more than a website, it’s a system to help you access what you need, when you need it. They have a great Learning Center
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
University of Richmond — Institute on Philanthropy at University of Richmond
These classes last one week each, and attendees are nonprofit professionals. The school offers scholarships to nonprofits (typically $200 per class) and provides information about another funding assistance source for smaller nonprofits.