Nonprofit Resource Library

Currently, the CFNRV offers a mix of in-person and Zoom sessions for our Third Thursday gatherings and other workshops. On this nonprofit resource page, you can find the recordings of Zoom sessions along with any accompanying presentation materials. For information on upcoming events, please visit the CFNRV’s event page.

2024 Sessions

May: Grant-writing Workshop (in person)

In this in-person workshop, we covered writing a compelling narrative, where to find grants, specifics on the CFNRV’s responsive grant application, and more. Presenter materials are below.

Workshop handout

Grant-writing Basics (Ali Davitt’s presentation)

CFNRV’s Grant Application (Jess Wirgau’s presentation)

March: Donor Engagement & Fundraising Tools

In this session, held alongside our partners at Mightycause, we focused on engaging your donors and fundraising for the annual GiveLocalNRV giving day. We also shared about Peer-to-Peer Fundraising and matching grants

Donor Engagement & Fundraising Tools slides

February: GiveLocalNRV Giving Day Kickoff

In this session, held alongside our partners at Mightycause, we’ll share details on this year’s giving day, tips for success and getting started, and debunk some myths around giving day events.

Giving Day kickoff slides

January: HopeHub Resource App

In this session, NRV Community Services shared about their HopeHub App, which connects New River Valley residents with local resources in one easy-to-use app. Whether you need help with food and housing, mental health and addiction services, or other supports, you’ll find resource details, contact information, and driving directions – all at your fingertips!

2023 Sessions

November: Planning for 2024

In this session, the Community Foundation team discussed what to think about when planning out your fundraising calendar for the year, including details on next year’s GiveLocalNRV Giving Day and how to incorporate it into your fundraising schedule. Plus, we shared details on other CFNRV dates to keep in mind as you plan for 2024.

October: Video Storytelling & Production

In this session, learn about video storytelling and production from Michael Hemphill, the creator and host of the TV show Buzz4Good. Michael shared his expertise on the elements of compelling storytelling, how to translate that into video, and how to produce a video on your smart phone.

August: 2023 Event Planning

In this session, we shared advice and tips for planning events, including what to consider when holding a fundraising event as well as events where fundraising is not the main objective. Special guest Ginny Ayers from Literacy Volunteers of the NRV joined us to share about her experience with events.

Event Planning PowerPoint

July: Building an Annual Giving Campaign

Learn about the steps to building a successful annual giving campaign for your nonprofit organization. Lead by Ann Bolton, Virginia Tech’s director of annual giving, you’ll learn about the importance of annual giving, how to build a foundation of donors, how to create a schedule that makes sense for your organization, and how to incorporate a giving day event into your planning. Ann shares how small, consistent efforts throughout the year can pay off in the long run.

June 2023: 2023 Grants & GiveLocalNRV

In this session, Community Foundation staff share about this year’s Responsive Grant application, common mistakes we see, and what we are looking for in financial documents. We also shared details about this year’s GiveLocalNRV giving day.

Grants & GiveLocalNRV PowerPoint Presentation

May 2023: Cybersecurity

During this we learned about what nonprofits need to know about cybersecurity and cyber insurance. Presenters: Jeff Wynn from New River Computing and Jeff Nosenzo from Brown Insurance.

Cybersecurity PowerPoint Presentation

February 2023: CFNRV Overview & 2023 Plans

During this Third Thursday session, Community Foundation staff share all about our work at the CFNRV, what we have in store for 2023, and how you can connect with us.

CFNRV Overview & 2023 Plans PowerPoint Presentation

2022 Sessions

October 2022: Working with the Media

Learn from Michael Stowe, who works in media relations at Virginia Tech, about how working with journalists provides nonprofits an opportunity to raise awareness and drive engagement for programs and fundraising.

September 2022: Conducting a Board Self-Assessment

CFNRV staff and board members share different approaches to peer-to-peer board self-assessments, including how our board engaged in this process.

July 2022: Corporate Sponsorships

Learn more about how to engage with corporate sponsors, develop relationships with them, and offer them compelling sponsorship benefits.

June 2022: GiveLocalNRV: What’s next?

Post event tips, grant winner announcements, and how you can continue connecting with supporters by utilizing the Mightycause platform.

June 2022: Celebrating Juneteenth

Learn about Juneteenth’s historical significance from our guest speakers from Calfee Community and Cultural Center and Christiansburg Institute.

April 2022: Making the Most of GiveLocalNRV

Learn from nonprofit leaders as they share success stories, and provide tips to nonprofits planning for Giving Day.

April 2022: GiveLocalNRV: Let’s Talk Strategy

Get the inside scoop on what makes a GiveLocalNRV campaign stand out, how to win grants, and engage donors.

March 2022: Getting started with GiveLocalNRV

Get acclimated to the Mightycause platform, set up your profile, and learn the basics of the Giving Day.

February 2022: Conversation with the CF

Join us to hear 2021 highlights, to get a preview of our work for 2022, and learn more about our First Steps initiative.

January 2022: Branding 101

Learn about strategies to change or update your brand from guest expert Bruce Bryan, the founder of 5Points Creative.

2021 Listening Sessions & Workshops

November 2021: Investing

With Mike Snow of Atlantic Union Bank and Scott Arnett of First Bank and Trust.

Handout: How Skipping Starbucks Can Save You Thousands

Handout: Don’t Wait on Inflation

Handout: Know your IRA Options

October 2021: Navigating Difficult Conversations

Jill Williams with Wide Angle Strategies and Jessica Wirgau with the CFNRV present.

Navigating Difficult Conversations PowerPoint Presentation

September 2021: Strategic Planning

Chris Bennett with The Spark Mill on Strategic Planning.

Strategic Planning PowerPoint Presentation

August 2021: Unite Us Platform

Learn about the Unite Us Platform Launch in the NRV from Laura Thompson, Community Engagement Manager with Unite Virginia.

PowerPoint Presentation

Partnership Collection Template

Materials Provided by Laura

July 2021: Succession Planning

Succession Planning Panel Session with John McEnhill, Kim Fernandez, and Krystal Thompson with New River Community Action and Jean Haskell and Casey Jenkins with Montgomery Museum.

June 2021: GiveLocalNRV Panel

GiveLocalNRV with the CFNRV, Jilly Colby representing Montgomery Museum, Emily Gruver with The June Bug Center, and Carolyn Reilly with Springhouse School.

May 2021: Grant Writing

Grant Writing with Jessica Wirgau of The Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

PowerPoint Presentation

April 2021: Cultural Humility

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Blane Harding, the Director of Diversity Engagement and Officer for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech.

PowerPoint Presentation

March 2021: Self-Care

Self-Care Panel Session with Jamie Reygle of InStill Mindfullness, Nicole and Keala with InBalance Yoga, and Rebecca Moore of NRVCS.

February 2021: COVID-19 Vaccine

Update by Dr. Pamela Ray with the New River Valley Health District and Eric Chapman, Attorney with CowanPerryPC.

January 2021: Fundraising Strategies during COVID-19

Dawn Nulty, Senior Community Manager with Mightycause discusses 2021 fundraising strategies.

2020 Listening Sessions & Workshops

November 2020: Year-End Giving Appeals

Bill Gilmer, President of Wordprint speaking on year-end giving appeals, and trends to have a successful fundraising campaign.

PowerPoint Presentation

October 2020: Engagement and Collaboration in a Virtual Setting

Jeff Dinger with Giles FOCUS, Tina King, Executive Director of NRV Agency on Aging, Kim Thomason, Western Regional Manager for Child Care Aware and Dr. Robin Lemaire, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy on engagement and collaboration in a virtual setting.

Powerpoint Presentation

September 2020: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers During Covid

Laureen Blakemore of the YMCA at VT, Karen Jones of Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread, and Linda Jilk of Literacy Volunteers of the NRV speak on recruiting and retaining volunteers during COVID.

Powerpoint Presentation

August 2020: Engaging Donors and Patrons Remotely

Ruth Waalkes and Rachael Carberry of the Moss Arts Center discuss engaging donors and patrons remotely.

Powerpoint Presentation

June 2020: Safely Reopening Workplace/PPP

Eric Chapman, Attorney with CowanPerryPC, speaking on safely reopening your workplace and the new Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.

Powerpoint Presentation

May 2020: Mental and Emotional Health During Covid-19

Rebecca Moore, Integrative Health Liaison and Trauma-Informed Trainer, NRV Community Services on Mental and Emotional Health During COVID-19.

Powerpoint Presentation

May 2020: Message and Fundraising Considerations for Nonprofits

Sarah Milston, CEO of The Spark Mill on Messaging and Fundraising Considerations for Nonprofits

Powerpoint Presentation

April 2020: Covid Overview and Paycheck Protection Program

Bill Flattery, CEO of Carilion New River Valley Medical Center and Rebecca Richardson, Director of Project Development with Virginia Community Capital.

Powerpoint Presentation

April 2020: Covid-19 Resources and Impacts on Nonprofits

The CFNRV’s first nonprofit listening session shared COVID-19 resources and engaged participants in discussion about the pandemic’s impact on their nonprofit work.

Pre-2020 Presentations

Monitoring and Evaluation

This session focused on nonprofit monitoring and evaluation, including logic models, key performance indicators, and good data management. It covered how measuring nonprofits’ programs and goals help nonprofits stay on their mission track without being overburdening.


Grant Writing 101

This workshop covered how to research grant opportunities, what your organization must have in place before writing a grant, the primary components of a grant proposal, and how to communicate with prospective funders.


Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Law

Some tips to help organizations and donors maximize the impact of charitable contributions while complying with the new tax laws.


Creating a Comprehensive Marketing Strategy for your Nonprofit Organization

This workshop covered how to create a comprehensive nonprofit marketing strategy for your organization and the cost-effective use of digital marketing to support your fundraising goals.


Creating Successful Corporate Relationships

Jill Colby, from Mission Complete discussed strategies for developing mutually beneficial corporate relationships, thinking beyond event sponsorships to a broader approach.


Nonprofit Board Training 101

This workshop covered the roles and responsibilities of the board, tools for effective board meetings and decision making, and how to build a board with the right talent, varied experiences, and community representation.


Strategic Planning 101

This session covered why a strategic plan is important, the basic components of a strategic plan, the planning process, some practical tools to support your process, and tips for keeping your plan off the shelf.


Online Fundraising & Storytelling

This session provided a full day of storytelling, social media and Giving Day strategies.


Preparing for your Fundraising Event

This session walked through the tips for hosting a successful annual fundraising event.


Taking a Compelling Picture

Good photos are critically important for nonprofits. This session provided some tips and tricks on how to take a good photo and then how to use them to support your cause.

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