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We invite you to explore new and legacy stories about CVNL programs, events, and activities as well as what CVNL and our partners are doing to advance the nonprofit sector. 

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Appreciation: The Act of Kindness that’s making a Direct Impact ...

There is great research to support the effects doing good for others can have on our mental wellness – what some psychologists call a “helper’s high.” Additional studies highlight how appreciation for those around you can make you a more effective leader. When you intentionally do an act of kindness for someone else, you make […]

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Lessons From The ELP: Strategies to Enable a Proactive Mode ...

On July 31st the Spring 2019 Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP) cohort came back together for the first of three follow-up sessions. The ELP is a focused, immersive program with over 45 hours of teaching and coaching from expert faculty and nonprofit professionals. The follow-up sessions are designed to provide peer-coaching and continued learning beyond […]

Last updated 1 month ago

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Great Leadership Begins with a Responsive Leader ...

Running a nonprofit can be overwhelming and chaotic. The last thing we consider making an investment in is a leadership development training or retreat. However, evaluating your leadership style is vital to your nonprofit’s success. Through responsive leadership you can create a strong company culture, which can ultimately improve employee engagement, increase productivity, promote brand […]

Last updated 2 months ago

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2nd Annual Marin Volunteer Fair will have fun, new features! ...

Share your mission. Engage with volunteers.   The Fair is the perfect place to interact with the public and get the word out about your nonprofit. More than 30 nonprofits have registered — we hope that your organization will join us at this fun community event to connect with your peers and meet new volunteers.       […]

Last updated 2 months ago

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3rd Annual Napa Volunteer Fair off to a Strong Start! ...

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with volunteers 1:1…   CVNL will once again host the Napa Volunteer Fair at Fuller Park on Saturday, June 29th, 10am-2pm. Due to the great turn out, we will have booth spaces available on both sides of the side walk! Set-up will be a breeze: you can unload from […]

Last updated 4 months ago

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CVNL Begins Their Appointment Process for the BFF Board of Trustees ...

Application Period Closed Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is one of five appointing authorities that have the unique and important task of electing a trustee for the Buck Family Fund (BFF) of the Marin Community Foundation (MCF). Every four years, CVNL, supported by a selection committee, conducts outreach to bring forward a candidate experienced in […]

Last updated 4 months ago

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How to achieve more by doing less ...

Conquer Time Management Once and For All…   “Nothing is as fatiguing as the continued hanging on of an uncompleted task.” — William James In a recent conversation with CVNL’s friend and affiliate consultant Bob Arzt, founder of Polaris One and author of “What Every Great Salesperson Knows – A No-nonsense Guide for Sales Success,” […]

Last updated 5 months ago

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How much economic value do volunteers add to our communities? ...

This year the national average is $25.43 and California’s average is $29.95 per hour   So much of the work that nonprofits do in our communities is done by volunteers: volunteers outnumber staff at nonprofits of all sizes, and an amazing 70% of California nonprofits are all-volunteer organizations . In 2017 nearly 77.4 million Americans donated 6.9 billion volunteer hours. […]

Last updated 5 months ago

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Do you screen your volunteers? ...

You May Not be Screening Your Volunteers…But You Need to Start! From our partners, Verified Volunteers What is your organization doing to screen its volunteers? For better or worse, volunteers are the face of most nonprofit organizations. Failing to run a simple background check could cost you. In case you’ve never thought about screening volunteers […]

Last updated 5 months ago

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Time Management Boot Camp for Nonprofit Leaders ...

Improve your organizational effectiveness and time management    Have you ever said to yourself: “There’s not enough time in the day to get everything done!”  “My ‘to-do’ list is out of control, it just keeps getting longer and longer” “I’d delegate more if I only had the time to do it” Or perhaps you are […]

Last updated 5 months ago