The Center for Healthy Nonprofits, an initiative of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, works to strengthen the Southern Arizona nonprofit community by offering free and reduced cost capacity building workshops and training for nonprofit professionals and volunteers.

It is essential that nonprofit organizations keep up with best practices and find the means to learn new skills and develop their workforce and governing boards as they work to fulfill their missions.

Work in the nonprofit sector presents unique challenges, often stemming from too few resources; our goal is to help fill that resource gap.

While nonprofit professionals and their boards of directors and volunteers share a passion for their organizational mission, very few come to their nonprofit roles with all the knowledge and experience necessary to handle the diversity of roles they must play. We are deeply committed to investing in the hopes, dreams, and talents of the people leading our community’s nonprofits.  Consequently, we provide professional and organizational development in a culture that values lifelong learning and collaboration.

About the Center's Programs

The Center for Healthy Nonprofits was launched in January 2020, leveraging a successful track record of conducting thirty-five free and low-cost training programs for nonprofit leaders on the CF Campus during 2019.

The Center’s inaugural year got off to a great start, but then COVID-19 hit, and the Center needed to convert all the in-person programs to Zoom.  We didn’t miss a beat and the nonprofit community responded by registering and actively participating in the programs online.

The Center’s upcoming training programs include a variety of workshops, roundtables and seminars featuring both “hot topics” and basic nonprofit management and leadership curricula.

By tapping into the rich resource of the nonprofit consulting community in Southern Arizona, as well as nationally recognized experts, presenters will provide valuable guidance and insights with practical application in organizations of all sizes.

Ask An Expert

The Center’s “Ask an Expert” sessions continue to focus on topics critical to all nonprofits, including: governance and boards, strategic planning, development, HR,  career and succession planning, digital marketing, grant-seeking, donor cultivation, financial management, technology, workplace conflict and so much more..

We also offer regular self-care workshops and “Coping with COVID-19” sessions. View the complete Events Calendar here.

Peer-to-Peer Programs

A Human Resources Peer-to-Peer Roundtable and Nonprofit Communications Roundtable meet regularly via Zoom.  Roundtable topics and schedule are determined by group members who benefit from expert presenters and lessons learned by fellow nonprofit professionals.  We invite anyone interested in joining a Roundtable to contact us.

CEO/ED Survival Series

The Center for Healthy Nonprofits is offering an 9-session Survival Series for newer nonprofit EDs and CEOs. Hosted by Patti Caldwell and Paula Van Ness, both drawing upon decades of experience as nonprofit CEO’s, this Survival Series is designed to give a cohort of newer Executive Directors and CEOs practical information to help survive as an extraordinary leader of a successful nonprofit organization. The program will consist of nine two-hour sessions, including a one-on-one coaching session.

Learn more and apply here.

Upcoming Events


Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about any of the programs offered by the Center for Healthy Nonprofits, please contact Paula Van Ness at 520-382-5883 or