The Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence
(CVANE) exists to improve the quality, integrity and efficiency of Central Virginia’s
charitable organization network through the education of board members, staff
and volunteers. By strengthening, educating and engaging non-profits, CVANE seeks to help improve the quality of life in Central Virginia through improved program
operations, increased resources for families and individuals, and greater
impact of charitable donations.
CVANE's geographic focus is Region
2000, consisting of Lynchburg City, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell
Counties, although classes and workshops will be available to all who are
interested. CVANE will provide unique
training by seasoned professionals who are experts in their respective fields,
and offered at a reasonable cost to ensure broad accessibility to a wide range
of service providers.
Region 2000 includes over 1,000 tax-exempt nonprofit
organizations; while some have support and training from healthy national
organizations, the majority do not. There
has been no centralized resource within the region promoting excellence in
nonprofit management to which these organizations can turn for information,
training, mentoring, and support.
The concept for the Academy started in July 2012 by a group
of non-profit leaders who recognized the need for such programming. The all-volunteer committee was brought
together by the Council of United Way Agencies. CVANE will begin workshops and courses in January 2014, using training locations in the community and
an administrative office at Central Virginia Community College. Workshop and course instructors will be chosen for their experience, skills, and excellence in teaching. A five-year goal is to establish a
Certification in Non-Profit Management Program.
CVANE is a not-for-profit Virginia nonstock corporation that was granted tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code by the IRS in early 2013.
CVANE is eligible for tax-deductible donations.
Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence will:
- Provide courses that meet the professional
development and training needs of nonprofit staff, board members, and
- Introduce local nonprofit organizations to best
practices and proven approaches from throughout the country.
- Provide opportunities for networking and
collaboration among local nonprofit organizations
- Grow collaboration and connection, planning,
funding, program impact, and sustainability among nonprofits in our area
- Maintain directories of the names and contact
information for local nonprofit organizations, local consultants and training
providers, and on-line informational resources.
- Increase leadership, service, and individual and
group success within our community
The board members, officers and staff of CVANE are:
Members, in alphabetical order, and their organizations for identification purposes::
Alan Ahrens, SCORE
Nan Carmack, Campbell County Public Library System
Tracey Dixon, Lynchburg Daily Bread
Francie Dye, Central Virginia Community College
Caroline Hudson, YWCA of Central Virginia
Dr. James Mundy, LynCAG
Elizabeth Narehood, Region 2000 Future Focus Foundation
David Neumeyer, Virginia Legal Aid Society
Deborah Silverman, Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging
Harriet Whitten, Consultant
David Neumeyer – President
Harriet Whitten – Vice President
Francie Dye – Secretary
Caroline Hudson - Treasurer
Leslie King - Executive Director
Central Virginia Community College provides administrative, marketing, and registration support as well as an office for CVANE at nominal cost. http://cvcc.vccs.edu/