Nonprofit Resource Center

In December of 2006 the Council of Community Services launched the Nonprofit Resource Center of Western Virginia (NRC). The NRC was designed to offer workshops and seminars as well as provide direct technical assistance to nonprofit organizations in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest VA. There are approximately 650 nonprofit organizations that are headquartered in or have a significant presence in the Roanoke region. The most significant accomplishment of the NRC to date was publishing the results of a study entitled “The Economic Impact of Nonprofits in the Roanoke Virginia Region”.  Since 2006 the Nonprofit Resource Center has developed a strong foundation and has made significant contributions to many nonprofits by providing training and technical assistance in group settings as well as one-on –one training and referral services.

The NRC has also partnered with Radford University to deliver the Nonprofit Development Leadership and Management Certificate program. This certificate program is an outreach initiative designed to support the educational and training needs of nonprofit organizations serving communities in the Southwest region of Virginia.  In 2009 the Council of Community Services received funding through the Strengthening Community Fund (SCF) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. The purpose of the funding, in part, is to provide Training and Technical Assistance to help nonprofit faith-based and community organizations better serve those in need and to increase nonprofit organizations’ involvement in the economic recovery. Through this grant, 12 organizations have received Technical Assistance from the NRC.

Ask the NRC

Have a question? Need advice? The NRC’s nonprofit experts can proivde expertise on a wide range of topics relevant to the nonprofit sector including the following to name just a few:
Board Governance
Human Resources
Grant Proposal Writing
Starting a Nonprofit
Program Development & Evaluation
Strategic Planning

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NRC Membership

The NRC is a membership-based program relying on membership dues to sustain its on-going role in supporting and advocating on behalf of the Nonprofit Sector.  Although all services provided through the SCF grant are free to all nonprofits – members and non-members, membership dues ensure the NRC’s long-term impact on the community. To apply for membership, please fill out a Membership Application.

Upcoming Events

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Welcome to the NRC!
Having worked closely with many nonprofits over the past 18 months through the Strengthening Community Fund grant, the staff and Steering Committee of the Nonprofit Resource Center of Western Virginia are keenly aware of the benefits nonprofits can glean by working together and by focusing on internal operations. In the coming year the NRC will offer more trainings and opportunities to work collaboratively with other nonprofits, for-profits, and local government. As a member you will have access to these trainings and technical assistance at a reduced rate. Other benefits of membership are:
 Reduced fees for workshops/seminars: The Nonprofit Resource Center, Radford University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech are partnering to expand the Nonprofit Development Leadership and Management Certificate Program originally developed by Radford University.
 Research Assistance; two hours of pro bono data research to use in grant proposal writing and reports.
 Discounted trainings and seminars on fundraising, board development, financial management, organizing and running effective meetings, grant proposal writing, and more!
 Access to the expanded Members Only section of the NRC website to include links and resources of interest to all nonprofits including jobs postings and tools and services.
 Ask the NRC a question button on the NRC’s website.
 Informational emails regarding upcoming events, activities, etc.
 Multiple opportunities to network with your colleagues.
 Access to a Resource library located at the Roanoke Higher Education Center.
We are especially pleased that the coming year brings new partnerships…in addition to Radford University, the NRC now partners with the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech in offering seminars and courses. The new partnerships offer the NRC the opportunity to expand and enhance the offerings that can assist participants in building their nonprofits’ capacity to provide effective and efficient services to the community.

We believe you will find great value in being a member of the NRC and look forward to working with you!


Paul F. Phillips, Chair
Nonprofit Resource Center of Western Virginia 

Nonprofit Economic Impact Study

A new study reveals that more than $220 million was raised and invested in the community by nonprofits in fiscal year 2007. Released on April 14, 2008, The Economic Impact of Nonprofits in the Roanoke Virginia Region is the first study to measure the value nonprofits contribute to the community’s economy. Spearheaded by the Council of Community Services’ Nonprofit Resource Center of Western Virginia, the report covers nonprofits serving the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke.The Nonprofit Resource Center’s Steering Committee is very pleased to share the report as well as the message the report sends the community. Readers may be surprised to learn that the results of study indicate that the 120 nonprofits submitting surveys have an $183,000,000 collective economic impact on the region. To review the full report, click here.