Nonprofit Training

Helping build strong nonprofits

Not able to travel for training? The Hampton Roads Community Foundation can help nonprofit staff members keep up to date and gain expertise without investing a lot of time and money.

  • Free, in-house, 90-minute sessions taught by our staff to help you apply for grants. We offer sessions on topics ranging from how to apply for grants to collecting data on your projects. They run from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in our office at 101 W. Main Street, Suite 4500 (fourth floor), in the World Trade Center in Norfolk. You can park in the Town Point Garage across the street and we will validate your parking. The Tide light rail stop is three blocks away.


The Academy provided me 90% of my 'nonprofit professional' training. Key topics about standards and accountability, board and ED responsibilities, financial management, 990 preparation, fundraising and grant proposal basics ... Every class I attended was enhanced by real world examples and challenges shared by other students."

- Dick Trowbridge, Horizon Hampton Roads Executive Director

  • One- and two-day courses taught through the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence on all kinds of helpful topics. We started the academy in 2005 in partnership with Tidewater Community College and continue to underwrite it to keep costs low -- $70 to $95 per class. The academy regularly brings experts to teach about board development, communications, fundraising, human resources, legal issues and other key nonprofit topics. Take enough courses and you can join the more than 130 professionals who have earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Request to join the Academy's enewsletter to be the first to know about upcoming classes.
  • Building Excellence program. This program started in 2008 has already provided 21 area nonprofits with ongoing technical expertise to help them develop and implement long-range fundraising plans. There are two nonprofits in the midst of ongoing training with The Curtis Group while past participants meet quarterly for updates and special training. Click here for a list of all participants. The deadline for the next round of applications is January 10, 2020. Click here for a list of guidelines. Before applying, potential applicants must talk with Linda Rice, vice president for grantmaking, or Kay Stine, vice president of development. Reach them at (757) 622-7951.

Start now to earn your Certificate in Nonprofit Management