Learn. Connect. Lead.

Building and sustaining great organizations requires compassionate, connected and competent leadership. Leaders who are committed to these qualities and embrace learning and growth create great teams. Great teams give organizations the capacity to achieve their mission.

CVNL's Learning and Leadership Programs

CVNL is pleased to offer partial scholarships to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and under-represented individuals who are nonprofit staff or volunteers serving in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties.

These scholarships are made available by generous grants from the Peter A., and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, the Solano County Community Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, and U.S. Bank. For more information on scholarships, please contact us or apply here.

Fall 2024 Series - Registration Opens in July!

Management Essentials Series. New This Fall, In-Person Series!

New this Fall! Management Essential Series is offered as a two-day in-person learning series.  Gather with peers and professionals to learn and apply strategies and best practices for managing people and teams. Ideal for newly promoted managers, experienced managers, and management teams.

Fall 2024:

Oct. 3 & 10

Grant Writing Certificate

A four-session series to build capacity to build the grant proposal program within your nonprofit.  The series conducted on Zoom consists of lectures, scenario-based learning, and group discussions that reinforce the material, involves peer review and includes writing exercises. 


Fall 2024:

Oct.2, 9, 16 & 23

Board Governance boot camp

Solid and smart boards are critical to the health of your nonprofit organization. This four-part series helps organizations diagnose their board needs and equip their board members with the training and resources to take their leadership to the next level.

Fall 2024:

Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20

Program Development
&Program Evaluation

Nonprofit organizations need to design thoughtful programs that garner stakeholder support and achieve high impacts. From needs assessments and environmental scans to stakeholder engagement, you must thoroughly understand all the steps necessary to design, implement, and evaluate successful programs.

Winter 2025:

Jan. 8, 15, 23, 29.

Excellence in Leadership (elp)

The Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP) is a focused, immersive program with over 30 hours of teaching and coaching from expert faculty and nonprofit professionals.

Leading for equity and inclusion

Build capacity & skill for authentic inclusion within your nonprofit through personal leadership skills & style that make space for real belonging & inclusion while also developing a plan of action focused on your organization.

Peer learning network

As the nonprofit sector constantly evolves, so does the leadership savvy that organizations need from their staff. CVNL understands the importance of a consistent forum where nonprofit professionals can connect with each other to exchange best practices and resources.

"Whatever your life's work is, do it well."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, JR.
American religious leader and civil-rights activist