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Nonprofits: Take Action

Donate to your favorite cause

Volunteer for a nonprofit

Check out CNE’s Nonprofit Directory, www., as well as the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s online guide to local nonprofits,, to learn more about non- profits in our community.

Consider joining CNE’s Board Development Academy, a professional development oppor- tunity for community members committed to effective board service. Go to then click on Programs & Services for more information.

To find out about local organizations and the skills they seek, check out the volunteer section of CNE’s website, php, or the United Way Thomas Jefferson Area’s volunteer database,

Explore board service

A dynamic board of directors is a critical resource for any nonprofit, and citizen input is at the core of strong government. Consider engaging in strategic volunteerism by joining a nonprofit board or a local government commis- sion. Here are a few resources and strategies to get you started:

Find out about open board positions through CNE’s BoardBank, bank.php, connecting effective board members with organizations that need them.

Research City and County board/commission opportunities at and

“High performing boards lead high performing nonprofits. CNE’s Board Development Academy provides some of the best training for aspiring board members that I’ve ever seen. It will make a positive difference in the governance of a lot of agencies. I highly recommend it.”

Connie Jorgensen Board Chair

Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARA)

Identify your nonprofit organization of choice, forward your resume to the organization’s board chair or CEO/executive director, and follow up to schedule a meeting to explore whether board service is a good fit.

Volunteer for a nonprofit committee or task force—often a first step to being offered a board seat.




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