Certificate Programs




Certificate in Volunteer Resources Management

Program Update:

TCF will be offering this series and certificate one final time in Fall 2017. We are pleased to announce that our partner HandsOn Greater Richmond will be offering Volunteer Management Training in the future, in conjunction with GRAVA. Please follow ConnectVA for future announcements and training opportunities! 

In collaboration with HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration (GRAVA), TCF offers students the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Volunteer Resources Management.  Leaders and managers of volunteers commonly report that completing the  Certificate in Volunteer Management while gaining working experience in volunteer engagement is a helpful step to becoming eligible and preparing for the CVA certification exam (Certification in Volunteer Administration). For more information on the CVA exam, please go to http://cvacert.org

Earning the Certificate in Volunteer Management is an endeavor that intends to build foundational knowledge and core skills. These skills and information make up the curriculum of the four classes required to earn the certificate: Volunteer Engagement Overview, Volunteer Recruitment and Onboarding, Supporting and Sustaining Volunteer Involvement, and Topics and Trends in Volunteer Management.

Students must complete:

Please note, the only requirement to receive the Volunteer Resources Management Certificate is attending all four of these sessions between 2014-2017. You will need to let our office know when you have completed all four classes to be awarded the certificate.

Case Management Certificate

For one final time, The Community Foundation is offering students a three part Case Management Certificate. The content not only focuses on case management for those who are experiencing homelessness but also case management for those who are living in poverty.

Register for classes here!

Students must complete:

  • Each class in the Case Management series:
    • Case Management I (two-day class) – October 6th & 13th, 2017
    • Case Management II – October 20, 2017
    • Case Management III – October 27, 2017

Upon completion of all three classes, please notify our office and a certificate will be issued upon confirmation of attendance. Please contact us for more information.

120-hour Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Important Program Update:

In an effort to best serve and support all of our nonprofit colleagues, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia will be looking for new ways to support and recognize all of our nonprofit organizations and staff members and their professional development. To this end, the current iteration of the 120 Hour Certificate in Nonprofit Management will end June 30, 2017. This change will allow us to bring together the right people to plan and design the best possible learning and recognition opportunities going forward.

To support all individuals who are working towards earning the certificate, here are some key pieces of information to know:

·         The 2017 Calendar of Classes is available now for registration.

·         To check your registration history and completed hours, please log in to your online account.

·         If you wish to include classes already on your VCU transcript, please acquire your transcript from VCU directly.

·         For any questions concerning your certificate work, please contact us.

Important Deadlines:

·         June 30, 2017 – All 120 hours of coursework should be completed.

·         August 1, 2017 – Capstone portfolios must be submitted.

·         November 1, 2017 – Certificates will be reviewed and awarded.


Prior to 2014, this certificate was known as the Certificate of Achievement in Nonprofit Management. This certificate has been awarded to hundreds of local and regional nonprofit professionals since 1997.

Students must complete:

  • A total of at least 120 hours of coursework (register for classes here!)
    • Of these 120 hours, students must complete at least one full-day class in three of the five core areas (Organizational Development and Strategy; Programs and Community Impact; Fund Development and Communications; Resource Management; Leadership and Personal Development)
  • A capstone “portfolio” consisting of:
    • One reflection sheet* for three of the five core areas (reflection sheets are provided in each class)
    • A summative essay** of at least 1200 words, and no more than 1600 words, demonstrating 1) how the individual’s completed coursework has transformed his or her work and 2) how the individual has grown and developed professionally in that time. 3) Essays should reference, in detail, at least three highly influential classes and 4) include an appendix at the end of the essay listing all courses taken by Core Area.

Once submitted, portfolios are reviewed by our Certificate Review Panel, which makes all certificate awarding decisions.

*Homework assignments completed for classes prior to 2014 may stand in place of reflection activity sheets. Candidates do not need to physically present these homework assignments.
**For those who may require special accommodations, verbal or other presentation options in lieu of the summative essay will be considered.

For more information or questions, please contact us.