Our CVNL ACADEMY is designed to be an extension of — or a companion to — your development as a nonprofit professional. It’s a collection of leadership training programs and curriculum we’ve developed resulting from over 50 years of experience serving nonprofits. CVNL ACADEMY meets you where you are now — offering a variety of courses covering core areas such as governance, succession planning, and volunteer management.

CVNL delivers a face-to-face training model, as we believe one of the key elements of the learning process is the dynamic relationships built between instructors and peers. Outstanding practitioners and expert CVNL staff lead the courses, with one goal in mind: to empower local leaders, new and established, with the skills and connections they need to lift the nonprofits that enrich and elevate our quality of life.

Leadership Education Workshops

Our Workshops are single educational events focused on important topics that are current challenges nonprofit leaders face today. The programs are created to address specific needs informed by research and discoveries, including the findings from the 2013 Nonprofit Landscape Study: Resilience, Resourcefulness, and Recovery. Topics span a wide range of building blocks key to creating impact. We’re excited to bring favorite speakers, new talent and our own CVNL staff to present our 2016/2017 Workshops. 

Leadership Training Series

CVNL’s Leadership Training Series takes a deeper dive into critical needs nonprofit leaders face. Series are currently being developed, and will be included along with Workshops in the upcoming catalog release. 

Emerging Leaders Program, Marin & Napa

Our communities, and the nonprofits that serve them, are constantly evolving — and so are their leaders’ needs for skills and information. CVNL’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) addresses the core competencies needed to effectively manage organizations and complex programs, as well as the leadership skills one needs to be successful serving nonprofits. This ultra-successful program in Marin, is now offered in Napa. Fall ELP in both counties is already filling. Applications are being accepted: learn more and apply.

Access Fund

We’re proud to announce the launch of our Access Fund initiative, designed to offset the cost of CVNL leadership development programs for our nonprofit members and thereby increasing access to valuable professional and organizational development resources. 

Since 1964, CVNL has worked with aspiring and established leaders to build the skills, connections and strategies they need to take their impact to the next level. With confident and prepared leaders, nonprofits are better equipped to create healthy, happy communities. Over the years we have found that nonprofit organizations often face financial and other barriers to access professional and organizational development opportunities — yet these opportunities provide a critical means for leaders to make connections and develop knowledge and skills that will enhance the impact of their work. CVNL’s Access Fund aims to help address this barrier by awarding funds to nonprofits in the local communities that we serve. Please read about eligibility requirements and disbursement information carefully before applying below. If you have any questions, please contact Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley, Leadership Programs Manager: kwilloughby@cvnl.org

Eligibility Requirements

Nonprofits in need of professional and/or organizational development are encouraged to apply for the Access Fund. In order to be eligible, all applicant organizations must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization approved by the IRS.
  2. Be located in or serving the North Bay Area (Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and/or Solano counties).
  3. Be a member organization of CVNL.
  4. Be able to demonstrate a compelling and timely need for Access Fund resources.

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Distribution of Funds

CVNL has secured initial funding from a mix of public and private sources to launch the Access Fund with this call for applications and initial round of awards. Funds will be awarded two-times per year, in the fall and spring, subject to the ongoing funding availability. 

Each recipient of funds will have a set time period (approx. 6 months) in which to apply their award toward the cost of CVNL professional/organizational development services. If awarded funds remain unused after this time period, they will remain in the general Access Fund and be re-awarded during the next call for applications.

To serve the greatest number of applicants, nonprofits are eligible to receive no more than two awards per calendar year. The total value of each Access Fund award will vary based on each organization’s need and application, with awards covering a portion of the cost of CVNL leadership programs and the remainder cost to be paid for by the applicant.

All fields are required. Access Fund awards cannot be combined with any special offers or discounts. CVNL retains the right to determine the applicant’s need based solely on this application.

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    Please make sure you check your calendar/s to confirm your availability before submitting. More details about the program can be viewed here: http://cvnl.org/leadership/elp-emerging-leaders-program/. Please also make sure you have reviewed eligibility requirements and fund dispersal information in the adjacent tab.
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The Access Fund is made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners:

County of Marin


Kaiser Permanente, Napa/Solano



Marin Community Foundation



US Bank