Program Spotlight: Center for Healthy Nonprofits

The Center for Healthy Nonprofits was launched in January 2020, leveraging a successful track record of 35 free and low-cost training programs for nonprofit professionals on the Community Foundation Campus during 2019.

Paula Van Ness, who served as a half-time volunteer Senior Advisor for the Campus, transitioned to a position on CFSA’s Community Investments Team to manage the Center and its programs. The close working relationship between CFSA and the CF Campus continues to work well.

The Center’s inaugural year got off to a great start with in-person trainings at the CF Campus and when COVID-19 hit we didn’t miss a beat. The Center quickly converted its programs to Zoom webinars and the nonprofit community responded by registering and actively participating online. Since April 2020, the Center has offered more than 20 programs to our nonprofit community.

As the centerpiece of the Center’s programming, our “Ask an Expert” sessions continue to focus on topics critical to nonprofit success and sustainability.  From governance issues and working with boards, to strategic planning, fund development, HR, succession planning, digital marketing, budgeting and financial management, technology and even workplace conflicts, the Center for Healthy Nonprofits is committed to offering relevant and useful content to nonprofit professionals.

We have also continued sponsoring self-care workshops and added an array of “Coping with COVID-19” sessions.  The Human Resources Peer-to-Peer Roundtable continues meeting regularly via Zoom and a new Nonprofit Communications Roundtable will launch at the end of October. The “CEO/Executive Director Survival Skills” cohort of 14 nonprofit chief executives continues to advance through their curriculum, and will conclude in November 2020.

Information about the Center’s upcoming sessions can be found on both the CF Campus and CFSA websites.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact Paula at