NPLN Workshop Series 2017

In partnership with the Martinsville Area Community Foundation, through our Nonprofit Leaders Network (NPLN), the United Way of Henry County & Martinsville hosts monthly workshops for nonprofit professionals to learn, network and re-energize, except for the months of June and July.

Our newly designed 10-month workshop series aims to strengthen the leadership, management and adaptive capacities of our nonprofits, both large and small, from those who are just starting out to longstanding organizations.


  • Member Fee: $0
  • Non-Member Fee: $5 per person

Upcoming WorkshopsAll workshops are held at the New College Institute’s King Building, 30 Franklin Street in Uptown Martinsville, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with early morning refreshments. The next six workshops are as follows:


Fundraising: Annual Giving, Capital Campaigns and Donor Engagement

When: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Presenter: Rhonda Knight, Director of Development, Virginia Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit law firm that provides legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to underprivileged individuals and families. Ms. Knight has nearly 18 years of fundraising experience with VLAS. She is passionate about her work, which translates into successful fundraising and a stronger, more relevant VLAS. Click here to register.


Effective Board Meetings: What every Executive Director should know

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Presenter: Dr. Martha Walker, Community Vitality Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach program of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University with a goal of putting university knowledge into the hands of people. Dr. Walker launched Virginia Cooperative Extension’s grassroots leadership program, Innovative Leadership: Building Community Connections, 18‑hour training focused on building leadership skills and knowledge. Building on the success of the leadership program, Dr. Walker and her colleagues adopted the University of Maine’s Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills program and trained hundreds of residents in the best practices of facilitation. Click here to register.


Community Reinvestment Act (CRA): What is it? Why is it important to NPLN?

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Presenter: Beverly Pitzer, Vice President, CRA and Fair Lending Officer, Carter Bank & Trust, one of the largest independent community banks in Virginia with 122 branches in Virginia and North Carolina and more than 900 employees. Born and raised in Martinsville, Ms. Pitzer will share why she accepted Carter Bank & Trust’s offer to become its CRA expert after working in banking in San Francisco for the last decade. CRA requires banks to assess community needs, conduct marketing and outreach campaigns and consult with community stakeholders to develop financing options for affordable housing and economic development activities. Ms. Pitzer said, “This is my dream job.” Click here to register.


The Growth of Social Entrepreneurship: What impact will this have on nonprofits?

When: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Presenter: Dr. Angeline Godwin, President, Patrick Henry Community College, one of 23 Virginia community colleges and has been rated among the top 10 most tech-savvy community colleges in the country by the Center for Digital Education. A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Godwin has started, owned and operated a number of retail, technology and service companies. Dr. Godwin is fascinated with the growth of social entrepreneurship and believes this is the future of our nonprofits. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as nonprofits or companies. Click here to register.


The Brand in You: Building and Maximizing Your Personal Brand

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Presenters: Rachel del Campo Gatewood and Hollie Adams of River District Consulting, a firm headquartered in Chatham that provides organizations with the tools and leadership required to set a clear strategic direction, turning good intentions into great outcomes. Ms. del Campo Gatewood is experienced in leading advancement teams and making ambitious aspirations possible. Ms. Adams is top in her field as a marketer by helping organizations test, prove and adapt in a competitive environment. Is it possible to think of yourself as a product? According to Ms. del Campo Gatewood, “The strongest brands are powerful, authentic, consistent, visible and valuable. The same qualities apply to personal brands.” Click here to register.


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