New center provides training resources to help area nonprofits

The PATH Foundation (formerly the Fauquier Health Foundation), recently celebrated the creation of the PATH Resource Center in Warrenton, Va. (98 Alexandria Pike, Suite 21). The PATH Resource Center will provide education, consulting, volunteer services, connections, and more to nonprofits serving Fauquier, Culpeper and Rappahannock counties.

A new partnership between the PATH Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence is responsible for the PATH Resource Center. CNE, based in Charlottesville is a nonprofit resource center with more than 300 member organizations across central Virginia dedicated to helping nonprofits’ success. The PATH Resource Center, funded by the PATH Foundation, will be managed and operated by CNE.

The PATH Resource Center was developed in consult with nonprofit leaders and their key stakeholders in the region who identified a clear need for community investment in professional development and leadership within the nonprofit sector.

“We are so thrilled to partner with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and provide this valuable support to the many nonprofits in our region,” said Christy Connolly president and CEO of the PATH Foundation.

Andrew Robinson, CNE membership manager added, “Talking to nonprofit leaders both before and during our open house, I’ve begun to understand the needs of the rich and diverse nonprofit community in this area. Board governance, volunteer recruitment and fundraising are perennial issues, especially for smaller, volunteer-based organizations. Solutions are always unique to each organization.”

Monthly education sessions begin in May and include topics covering governance, leadership, volunteer services and more. Attendance is free. The Center will also include resources for volunteer services based on a recent PATH Foundation study of volunteer needs in the community.

Lynn Lauritzen recently joined the PATH Center as volunteer services manager. With a strong history in volunteer programs, her experience will be beneficial in helping both nonprofits and community volunteers looking for the right fit for their time and interests. “I am looking forward to getting this program up and running. We have great resources in the area to make a difference in the lives of many,” said Lauritzen.

The PATH Resource Center’s open house was well attended with more than 100 attendees representing a wide variety of nonprofits serving the area. Cindy Colson, CNE programs manager said, “It was exciting to see the nonprofit community so committed to improvement and best practices. We are going to do great work together for the common good.”

The PATH Resource Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call 540-680-4146 or visit pathforyou.org/resourcecenter for a complete list of services and classes.

 

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