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Core beliefs guide our work in bringing local leaders the expert guidance and professional resources they need to build resilient organizations that have impact.

Vision & Mission

CVNL envisions a community engaged in positive change and transformed by service.  Our mission is to advance nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation and empowering individuals in our community. 


(Photo: CVNL Volunteer Services assists with disaster response, relief and recovery in Solano, Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties. )
(Photo: Sonoma County Human Race is one of the largest 5K fundraisers for nonprofits in the North Bay. Credit: CVNL)
(Photo: CVNL Volunteer Services 9/11 Weekend of Remembrance Wildfire Prevention and Green Waste Event, Solano County, CA. Credit: CVNL)
(Photo: 8th Annual Heart of Napa Awards, March 2023. Credit: CVNL)
(Photo: Fall Excellence in Leadership (ELP) Fall 2020 Graduates. Credit: CVNL)
(Photo: Excellence in Leadership (ELP) 2020 Santa Rosa. Credit: CVNL)
(Photo: Excellence in Leadership (ELP) 2020 Santa Rosa. Credit: CVNL)

Our values stake claim to what we prioritize in ourselves and our work. They manifest in, and guide, our day-to-day demeanor, and interactions. Our values are the essence of our brand, the code by which we live, and the heart and soul of our organization.


We lead with compassion. We respect the dignity of others by listening, empathizing, and examining our assumptions. We believe in people and nonprofits and the ability of all to develop and thrive. We stand for-and with-the community.


We prioritize relationships. We cultivate deep partnerships, collaborative teams, and networked leaders on a foundation of trust. We convene, co­-create, share our knowledge, and learn from others. We know our best work requires diverse perspectives and inclusive spaces. We are stronger together.


We show up. We are resourceful, responsive, and solutions-focused. We are generous with our talents and seek opportunities to make a profound and worthy difference. We deliver with integrity and a commitment to excellence. We take action.

CVNL Programs & Services


CVNL Membership connects local nonprofit leaders with the expert guidance and essentials needed to achieve greater impact. We encourage nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to become CVNL Members to access valuable resources, services, and further develop professional skills. Join our powerful community of change-makers who are looking to take their leadership to the next level.

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Learning & Leadership

Every day, passionate individuals dedicate their work to advancing our communities’ vulnerable populations, natural landscapes, and cultural institutions. However, without the critical knowledge and resources in areas like board governance and volunteer management, their causes may fall short of their potential. We bring local leaders the professional training and tools they need to manage organizations and complex programs. From board chairs, to program officers, to new supervisors and managers, we understand the professional needs of nonprofit leaders at every level and connect them to the skills and resources they need to be their most excellent.
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As the nonprofit world constantly evolves, so does the leadership savvy that organizations need from their executives and staff. We help nonprofits of every size and mission achieve greater impact through customized consulting solutions. We are committed to providing expert guidance and professional resources that support nonprofits in advancing their mission. Leveraging the passions and talents of nonprofit leaders and complimenting them with our own expertise, we extend your capacity to plan, do, and progress.

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Executive Search

Change is inevitable. When nonprofit organizations experience leadership transitions, many lack the time or resources to maintain stability and resilience. Our Executive Search Firm offers expert support in executive search, placement of experienced interim leaders, succession planning, and on-boarding. CVNL provides successful full-cycle executive and management recruiting on a retained basis for nonprofit organizations and corporate foundations.

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Volunteer Services

Managing and sustaining volunteers is important to nonprofits of every size and mission. We understand that finding individuals to fit project needs is just the first step, and guide nonprofits in creating and managing volunteer projects that run smoothly and deliver on their missions. Likewise, for every well-meaning individual wishing to give back to his or her community, there is an organization in need of a helping hand. We connect individuals to the causes that meet their interests and need their help. VolunteerNow.org is designed to meet both these needs.

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Recognition Events

CVNL’s recognition events — Heart of Marin, Heart of Napa, Heart of Sonoma County, and 100Marin — are dedicated to lifting up local leaders, volunteers, and nonprofits. These individuals and organizations champion, protect, and advance our community when they are recognized and supported for their work, we all benefit. We are stronger together.

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Your Support Makes An Impact

With so many passionate and committed nonprofits asking for support, it can be challenging to choose where to direct your resources. Supporting us gives you an opportunity to make a sector-wide impact. Our community’s nonprofits lift our most vulnerable populations, endangered lands, and cultural institutions—and we are here to lift them. With your help, we can achieve our mission of advancing the entire nonprofit sector by giving local leaders, big and small, the skills, connections, and confidence to take their cause to the next level.