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. WHF welcomes your feedback and suggestions for other resources to share here. To contact us, write

Resources updated 4.1.2019


The Williamsburg Health Foundation has entered into a partnership with to provide capacity-building services to selected agencies that impact health in Greater Williamsburg.  Selected agencies work in on health-related issues both locally and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  This program is limited and by invitation only.

Listserv for Nonprofits: Nonprofit-l 

The Williamsburg Regional Library has a listserv for nonprofits to share information with each other. WHF uses this list frequently to post news and announcements.  Subscribe to the Nonprofit-l for up-to-date, nonprofit-specific announcements from WHF.  To sign up, click here.

Network Peninsula

Network Peninsula serves nonprofits across the Peninsula by helping build their capacity to remain sustainable and equipping them with the tools to ensure they fulfill their respective missions effectively.

In January of 2019, Network Peninsula launched a Williamsburg-based Nonprofit Management Institute with Thomas Nelson Community College.

To create a long-term, sustainable nonprofit education and certification program in our area and to build the capacities of local nonprofit agencies, the Williamsburg Health Foundation has provided Network Peninsula with funds to reimburse qualified agencies the cost of the coursework for the two certificates offered this year.  (WHF has underwritten funds for the reimbursement of the entire course, not individual classes).

For more information on the program, visit or write to Karen Dutro at

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

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 for a one-on-one conversation.

The Spark Mill

The Spark Mill is a consulting firm located in Richmond, VA that works with nonprofits (among other organizations) all around the Mid-Atlantic region to help with strategic planning, community engagement, change management, and organizational development. The Spark Mill describes their work as rooted in strategy and conducted with a creative spirit as they focus on the future, your culture, and your employees. Spark Mill’s blog, The Sparkler, contains free, interesting, and helpful information and resources that cover topics  like Employee Engagement, Organizational Change, Strategic Planning, Pro Bono, Fundraising, and Social Media. Click here for the link to their upcoming classing and training around the Mid Atlantic.

Pro Bono: The Spark Mill also believes that the size and budget of an organization should not determine access to professional guidance. They have established a pro bono program, which provides consulting services to small organizations (budgets under $150,000) that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford working with a consultant.

Community Health Solutions

See Local Health-Related Data and Learn How to Use It 

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.

GuideStar by Candid.

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.

Williamsburg Community Foundation

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!

The Foundation Center by Candid.

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 Williamsburg Health Foundation can provide limited access to this resource as well. To learn more, write

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

Please see Network Peninsula listing above.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville, Virginia

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE), based in Charlottesville, aims to provide education, consulting, and resources to create strong leaders, effective managers, and healthy collaborators within nonprofits. They have a grant database, skill training programs, free nonprofit tool kits, among other useful services.

Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington, DC

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement, based in Washington D.C., serves nonprofits by helping them accomplish more with less, expand skills and talent, make valuable connections, and earn recognition and rewards. Their training hub contains over 100 courses within areas of skill building, executive preparation, and board basics. The Center also grants annual awards, consolidates an industry expert database, and executes a Board Match program.


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


Based out of Washington DC, Board Source aims to assist with nonprofit board leadership support, training, and education in order to unleash the full potential of boards and board leaders. They believe a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity is essential to making this a reality. They have a wide range of diagnostic tools, education seminars, best practice resources and guidance, and coaching and consulting services to strengthen nonprofit board performance.

Academic Programs for Nonprofit Studies

Tidewater Community College: Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Tidewater Community College provides affordable one and two day classes, taught by subject matter experts that are open to nonprofits professionals and volunteers. They generally range from $50 to $100 and are held in Suffolk, Virginia.

Virginia Commonwealth University: Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Virginia Commonwealth University provides the opportunity to earn a Master of Public Administration as well as complete certificate programs for nonprofit management and public management. They have flexible evening, off-campus, and online courses for those who are either full-time working professionals or full time pre-service professionals with a demonstrated interest in public service.

University of Richmond: Master of Nonprofit Studies

University of Richmond offers a Master of Nonprofit Studies degree which provides advanced level of knowledge and leadership development for nonprofit managers. The master’s degree requires five core courses, four elective courses and an integrative seminar with about 30 semester hours of coursework. They also offer a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Studies that requires 18 semester hours.

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.