The Williamsburg Health Foundation works 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 in Greater Williamsburg.

NetworkPeninsula and The Nonprofit Management Institute

NetworkPeninsula 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, NetworkPeninsula launched a Williamsburg-based Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) 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 NetworkPeninsula with funds to reimburse qualified agencies the cost of individual classes or complete coursework for members of their staff and board.

Office of Community Engagement at 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.

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.

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 licensed consultant for Standards for Excellence.  Our in-house consultant can assist your organization as you establish and/or reestablish best practices at your agency. Contact the foundation for more information.


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.

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.”

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 below!

For research on foundations and grants, nothing beats Candid’s The Foundation Center Directory Online. If your organization is looking for grants, consider buying a month (or more) of time in which to do prospect research.

Candid’s 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)

2021 Grant Cycle Due Dates

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by noon (12:00 p.m.) on the dates indicated. There are no exceptions to deadlines. Please complete your application early to avoid any last minute problems. Late applications will not be considered.


Letter of Intent (LOI) for Responsive Grants

Grant Cycle 1
Friday, February 5
Grant Cycle 2
Friday, July 30

Responsive Grants — Invitation to Submit by Invitation Proposals

Grant Cycle 1
Friday, February 12
Grant Cycle 2
Friday, August6


Full Grant Applications

Grant Cycle 1
Friday, March 12
Grant Cycle 2
Friday, September 3


Grant Decisions

Grant Cycle 1
2021 Summer Board meeting (June)
Grant Cycle 2
2021 Winter Board meeting (December)


Check Distribution

Grant Cycle 1
By Friday, June 25
Grant Cycle 2
By Friday, December 16

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