Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership Announces New Solano-Based Scholarships for Nonprofit Leadership Training

Supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Managers and Executives Serving Solano County-Based Organizations 

Fairfield, CA, July 5, 2022 – Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is pleased to announce new scholarships for its Learning & Leadership 2022 programs. Thanks to a grant from the Solano Community Foundation, CVNL is offering a limited number of scholarships to Black, Indigenous and People of Color who are leaders of nonprofit organizations based in or serving Solano County.

Linda Jacobs, CEO, expressed her appreciation saying, “We are grateful to receive this timely support from the Solano Community Foundation. It is an important step in increasing equitable access and inclusive opportunities for BIPOC nonprofit leaders serving Solano County.”

Earlier this year CVNL announced similar scholarship funding from the Marin County Community Service Fund as well as the Peter A. and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Sonoma County to support nonprofit leadership training in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties, respectively. “We are grateful to our funders for their commitment and thrilled to offer scholarships to all of our North Bay communities.” says Jacobs.

A limited number of $400 scholarship awards are available for CVNL’s cohort programs: 

  • Management Essentials – A series for new and experienced managers seeking to improve team performance. Fall 2022 series starting in September.
  • Excellence in Leadership (ELP) – 10-session leadership development series for executives and senior leaders of nonprofit organizations. Fall 2022 series starting in September.

Rhonda R. Smith, Solano Volunteers Program Manager, emphasized the importance of these scholarships. “The continued support of the Solano Community Foundation is greatly appreciated and is an investment that will positively impact Solano County nonprofits. Our nonprofits are often faced with being underfunded; thus trainings and professional development is not addressed. This grant will provide a foundation of leadership development and advancement that will benefit our community for years to come.

Scholarships are available to CVNL member organizations. Learn more about each of these programs and other member benefits by visiting .


About Solano Volunteers
The Solano County Board of has been working with Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) since 2016 to build an online volunteer system to better serve nonprofits and service-minded individuals – “Solano Volunteers.” Together, Solano County and Solano Volunteers provide access to meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, groups, and businesses, leveraging online tools to make it easier for both volunteers to engage and organizations to post volunteer opportunities. In addition to providing online volunteer matching services, Solano Volunteers produces National Days of Service, provides disaster preparedness training, and serves as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Solano County. Visit to discover more.

About CVNL: For nearly 60 years, CVNL has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including training, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer services, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™, Heart of Napa™ and the new Heart of Sonoma™ events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy, and more equitable communities. Visit to discover more.