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The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence offers Hampton Roads nonprofit professionals:

  • Half day and one-day courses
  • Affordable, easy-on-the-budget prices (usually around $60 - $85)
  • An easy, convenient way to learn and practice new skills through classes at the TCC Center for Workforce Solutions located at 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA 
  • Timely and ongoing classes to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date
  • Courses taught by expert, experienced professionals in relevant fields
  • The opportunity to earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Management
  • Several online courses available on demand to suit your schedule

The Academy is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Tidewater Community College. Since 2005 more than 1200 nonprofit professionals have taken Academy classes with over 100 earning the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Students are affiliated with over 500 nonprofits.

More information about the Academy and the Certificate in Nonprofit Management may be found by following the links to the left.

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The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence is underwritten by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. 


“I am completing my third year as Executive Director.  The Academy has provided me over 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 simply would not have been available to me with both the depth and context that the Academy's course provide.  Every class I've attended has been enhanced by the real world examples and challenges shared by the students from the many nonprofits in our region.”


- Dick Trowbridge, Executive Director at Horizon Hampton Roads


Read the Latest "Golden Nugget" Blogs by Some of Our Instructors:

The Facilitative Leader by Beth Hamil and Rosa Mar

Employee Orientation and Onboarding: Why it Matters by Amanda Haddaway

Writing Tips for Fundraisers by Marcia Horwitz

How to Conduct a Nonprofit Board of Directors Meeting by Benjamin Takis

Spring Has Sprung . . . Time to Renew Your Nonprofit Organization by Trina Willard, MS

The Foundation of Donor Retention by Philip Perdue

Five Tips for Making Visuals for Your Nonprofit or Business by Sarah Milston

What's the Secret to a Successful Board Retreat by Lewis Flax

12 Months of Content by Sarah Milston

Branding: what is it and why should I care? by Amanda Haddaway

Now is the Perfect Time for a Plan of Action by Dena Reynolds

Practice Difficult Employee Conversations by Ian Cook

An Engaged Board by Amy Nisenson

Four Key Steps to Increase Corporate Sponsorship by Lewis Flax

So You Think You Want to Start a Brand New Nonprofit Organization by Jane Stein

The Four Rules of Fundraising by Phillip Perdue

Five Tips for Writing Your Case Statement by Sarah Milston

Is Cultural Fit a Part of Your Recruiting Process by Amanda Haddaway 

Writing Tips for Fundraisers by Marcy Horwitz

Stop. Reflect. Lead by Trina Willard

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Major Gifts Program a Major Success by Keith Curtis and Victoria Dietz

Nonprofit Reporting Requirements Present Traps for the Unwary by Benjamin Takis

Six Considerations for Nonprofits Engaging in Business Activities by Bejamin Takis

Open Philanthropy: Dragging Foundations into the Internet Age by Nathaniel James

Awareness, Balance, and Usefulness – How Leaders Use Emotional Intelligence (EI) to Excel by Everett Marshall

The Girl (or Boy) Next Door is a-Changin' by Dr. Carlos Campo

Characteristics of Financially Healthy Nonprofits  Article submitted by Academy Instructor, Deborah Coleman. Written by Nonprofits Assistance Fund.

Giving USA: Top Ten Points You Should Know by The Curtis Group

Organizational Identity submitted by Deborah Coleman, written by Dr. Manuel Morales

Federal Law and Parental Leave by Michael Steele

Does our 'Donate Now" Button Require Charitable Registration? by Ron Barrett

Five Good Habits to Avoid Nonprofit Legal Disasters by Benjamin Takis

First Do No Harm . . . Then Do More Good by Isaac Castillo

Tips for Writing for the Web by Susan Martin and Stephanie Saccone 


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