The Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence (CVANE) exists to improve the quality, integrity and efficiency of Central Virginia’s charitable organization network through the education of board members, staff and volunteers. By strengthening, educating and engaging non-profits, CVANE seeks to help improve the quality of life in Central Virginia through improved program operations, increased resources for families and individuals, and greater impact of charitable donations. CVANE’s geographic focus is Region 2000, consisting of Lynchburg City, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell Counties, although classes and workshops will be available to all who are interested.

CVANE will provide unique training by seasoned professionals who are experts in their respective fields, and offered at a reasonable cost to ensure broad accessibility to a wide range of service providers. Region 2000 includes over 1,000 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations; while some have support and training from healthy national organizations, the majority do not.  There has been no centralized resource within the region promoting excellence in nonprofit management to which these organizations can turn for information, training, mentoring, and support.



The concept for the Academy started in July 2012 by a group of non-profit leaders who recognized the need for such programming.  The all-volunteer committee was brought together by the Council of United Way Agencies. CVANE will begin workshops and courses in January 2014, using training locations in the community and an administrative office at Central Virginia Community College. Workshop and course instructors will be chosen for their experience, skills, and excellence in teaching.  A five-year goal is to establish a Certification in Non-Profit Management Program. CVANE is a not-for-profit Virginia nonstock corporation that was granted tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code by the IRS in early 2013. CVANE is eligible for tax-deductible donations.

The Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence will:

  • Provide courses that meet the professional development and training needs of nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers.
  • Introduce local nonprofit organizations to best practices and proven approaches from throughout the country.
  • Provide opportunities for networking and collaboration among local nonprofit organizations.
  • Grow collaboration and connection, planning, funding, program impact, and sustainability among nonprofits in our area.
  • Maintain directories of the names and contact information for local nonprofit organizations, local consultants and training providers, and on-line informational resources.
  • Increase leadership, service, and individual and group success within our community.

The board members, officers, and staff of CVANE are:

Members (in alphabetical order, and their organizations for identification purposes):

  • Alan Ahrens, SCORE
  • Betty Brickhouse, Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living
  • Tracey Dixon, Lynchburg Daily Bread
  • Francie Dye, Central Virginia Community College
  • Caroline Hudson, YWCA of Central Virginia
  • David Neumeyer, Virginia Legal Aid Society
  • Dr. Jimmy Roux, Lynchburg College
  • Shannon Watts, CFRE, Key Fundraising


  • Dr. Jimmy Roux –President
  • Shannon Watts-Recording Secretary
  • David Neumeyer – Corresponding Secretary
  • Caroline Hudson – Treasurer


  • Kendall Faris-Program Coordinator


Our Partners:

Central Virginia Community College provides administrative, marketing, and registration support.  http://cvcc.vccs.edu/

The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust has provided generous start-up funding for CVANE.  http://www.lynchburgtrust.org/ and the Easley Charitable Trust have provided generous program support and capital needs funding respectively for CVANE.

Oakwood Country Club provides classroom space and meals at modest cost for CVANE events. http://oakwoodcc.net/