Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership Announces New Sonoma County-based Scholarships for Nonprofit Leadership Training

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Supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Managers and Executives Serving Sonoma County Organizations 

Santa Rosa, CA, April 4, 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 Community Foundation of Sonoma County, CVNL is offering a limited number of partial scholarships to Black, Indigenous and People of Color who are leaders or managers of CVNL member nonprofit organizations based in or serving Sonoma County, as well as smaller CVNL member organizations with limited budgets.

CEO Linda Jacobs expressed her appreciation saying, “We are grateful to receive this timely support from the Community Foundation. It is an important step in increasing equitable access and inclusive opportunities for BIPOC nonprofit leaders in Sonoma 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 to support nonprofit leadership training in Marin and Napa counties, respectively.

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

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

Jacobs emphasized the importance of these scholarships. “Capacity building is so important for community-based organizations to enhance their impact. These scholarships are a great incentive to enable BIPOC nonprofit leaders and allies to make the institutional changes needed to create more inclusive organizations and enable more effective community engagement,” she said. “Representation at all levels is crucial for true engagement.”

Scholarships are available to CVNL member organizations only. Learn more about member benefits and scholarship details with May Congdon


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.