Helping Nonprofits

PATH Resource Center provides valuable resources to help build stronger organizations

By Jenn Sweigart

The holidays are winding down and the end of the year fundraising push is finally finished. As you look toward 2018, consider what type of continuing education might help strengthen your organization as you set your yearly goals. The PATH Resource Center is available to help your nonprofit make this year one of the best years for your organization yet.

The PATH Resource Center, provides high-quality and affordable resources to help strengthen and support organizations with evidence-based practices which are best suited for each individual organization. This center was created through a partnership between the PATH Foundation and the Charlottesville-based Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) to provide valuable insights to organizations in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties. Funded by the PATH Foundation, the Resource Center is managed and operated by CNE.

Cristine Nardi, executive director of CNE, noted, “We are excited to partner with the PATH Foundation to help support and strengthen local nonprofits because we know that strong nonprofits create a strong community.” CNE staff members working at the Resource Center offer technical assistance, information, trainings, and help organizations troubleshoot, which helps them create a stronger nonprofit.

Christy Connolly, president and CEO of the PATH Foundation, stated, “In meetings with nonprofit leaders and key stakeholders, we found an opportunity to maximize an organization’s impact by providing training for staff, volunteers and board members. Networking opportunities and meeting space were other areas we wanted to improve.”

The PATH Resource Center provides the following assistance:

Technical Assistance: Organizations may access PATH Resource Center staff via email, phone or in-person.

Lending Library: The Center offers a library, specifically with a nonprofit focus, for organizations to utilize.

Foundation Center: A database of over 4 million grants worldwide is available for organizations to use for free during operating hours.

Grants Coach: Organizations may have access to a volunteer grant coach to assist with identifying and completing grant applications.

Workshops: Monthly workshops on topics such as governance, philanthropy, marketing, finance, human resources, volunteer management, and strategy. Upcoming events can be found here:

Advanced Trainings: These trainings provide an opportunity for in-depth learning about a particular topic. In 2018, these include Board Academy in March and April and a Philanthropy Academy later in the year.

Pathway to a Healthy Organization: Nonprofits engage in a self-assessment instrument that helps identify strengths and challenges and establish capacity building goals.

Onsite training: PATH Resource Center staff can come to your organization for onsite training to your board or staff.

Facilitations: Working with your leadership to create an objective for a successful facilitation, the PATH Resource Center staff will help provide clarity and guidance to move toward the objective.

Executive Leadership Circles: Once a month, facilitated circles provide peer to peer executive support and an opportunity to discuss current problems with local experience in a confidential setting.

Power of Partnership (POP) Talks:  90-minute meetings covering a topic with an opportunity to network with other organizations.

Monthly Newsletter: Information regarding the latest trainings, newsworthy items from the community, grant opportunities on the local and national level, and current articles on nonprofit management is sent at the beginning of the month. A mid-month e-blast provides a reminder for trainings and space any new information that needs to be sent to the nonprofit community.

Meeting Space: The PATH Resource Center has a meeting room with seating for eight, it also offers a screen and internet capability for web conferencing. The PATH Foundation’s conference room can hold up to 20 in a board meeting configuration.  In 2018, the PATH Foundation and PATH Resource Center will be moving new space on Walker Drive in Warrenton. This new facility will have meeting space for up to 100 people.

Path Volunteer Center: The PATH Volunteer Center includes resources for volunteer recruitment and management based on a PATH Foundation study of volunteer needs in the community. is a database of over 80 organizations providing volunteer opportunities and contains more than 700 users looking to connect to those organizations. Using for volunteer recruitment and scheduling is an opportunity for nonprofits to become more efficient in their volunteer management and marketing of volunteers. Volunteer Center Manager, Lynn Lauritzen, assists organizations in utilizing the database to its full potential.

All local Nonprofits can use a little support. The Resource Center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. For more information call them at 540-680-4149 to see how your nonprofit may engage some or all of the services available at the center. 

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