The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center

Training Information

Read below to check out descriptions of our upcoming trainings!

Thursday, September 28, 2023
2 PM - 3 PM
FREE for TRIAVA members and $29 for non-members

This session is pending endorsement
for 1 NCAVA credit hour

September TRIAVA Training

The Volunteer Experience and Why It’s Important

Session Description:  

Similar to the employee life cycle, the volunteer lifecycle is the journey that volunteers embark on when they join your organization through the time that they leave your organization and beyond. There are 7 major stages in the cycle, and understanding each of them is key to improving the volunteer experience.  


Session Objectives: 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain what is meant by volunteer lifecycle
  • Explain why it’s important to design a volunteer life cycle strategy
  • Identify each stage in the volunteer lifecycle
  • Discuss how to map the volunteer lifecycle in their organizations
  • Plan how to capture feedback on each stage of the life cycle

Presenter: Barbara Thomas

A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), as well as a Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina (CAVNC), Barbara Thomas is currently the Certification Chair for the North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration. She is also a Skills-Based Volunteer (SBV) with the Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center (TNVLC), where she serves as the TRIAVA Program Director and a trainer and coach in the Service Enterprise program. Barbara particularly enjoys training those involved in volunteer administration to successfully integrate volunteers into their organizations utilizing strong HR practices.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
10 am - 11:30 am

This session is pending endorsement
for 1.5 NCAVA credit hours

October Nonprofit & TRIAVA Training

Recognize Your Heroes

Volunteers are vital to every nonprofit, such that many nonprofits would be unable provide vital services without their support. Volunteer recognition is one important way to keep your heroes coming back. They will share your mission in their communities, and share their experience with friends and family, which builds your network of potential volunteers, employees, and donors. This webinar from The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center will help you develop recognition ideas that work and implement them effectively.

At the completion of this interactive webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the needs and benefits of meaningful recognition.
2. Identify practical and effective recognition techniques
3. Nominate your outstanding volunteers for Governor’s Volunteer Service Award and Key Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Presenters: Mike Sweeney and Kim Shaw

Mike Sweeney is a former electronic engineer/manager now volunteering at 4 nonprofit agencies: Wheels4Hope, AARP Smart Driver TEK, The Carying Place, and Dorcas Ministries. Recipient of a 2022 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award with 4,000+ hours of volunteer service and the 2017 North Carolina Governor’s Medallion for Volunteer Service for results of work at Wheels4Hope.

Kim Shaw is the Executive Director of TNVLC. She has more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience in Board Development, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Communications, Fundraising, HR, and Finance as well as certification from the Duke Nonprofit Leadership Program. She has served on several boards including the the Triangle United Way, Durham Rotary, the American Red Cross, Durham County ABC Board Chair, Digital Durham, Chair for Junior Leadership Durham, Aging Well Durham and Chair of C3 (Christians Caring for Creation). She brings her passion for nonprofit excellence and creative impact in her role with TNVLC.

Thursday, November 16th, 2023
10 am - 11 am

November Nonprofit Training:

What Makes A Winning Grant Proposal? Ask a Funder!

Have you always wanted to know what inspires funders to make grants? Why are some nonprofit requests granted while others are not? Three Triangle Grantmakers will join us to demystify some of the grant making process. 

Our Presenters: 

Sarah Guidi
Triangle Community Foundation

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Sarah Guidi provides strategic leadership for the Triangle Community Foundation to make a positive impact in the community. She fosters strong relationships with nonprofit, government, and corporate leaders to understand needs in the community and broker relationships to help address those needs.

Sarah returns to the Foundation after serving as a Shannon St. John Fellow in 2012. Most recently, Sarah served as Managing Director of Greater Washington, in Washington, DC where she helped the organization transition from being volunteer-run to staff led. During her time there she also helped build a new advocacy program, which pushed for housing and land use policy reforms to address the growth and change in the region.

Sarah holds a master’s degree in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill as well as a certificate in nonprofit management.

Mimi O’Brien
Mary Duke Biddle Foundation


Mimi O’Brien became the executive director of The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation in December 2012. She joined the foundation after a 21-year career in corporate and foundation development at Duke University. At the Biddle Foundation, she has worked with the board to evolve the foundation’s funding from many small project-based grants to fewer and larger operating support grants. She has engaged the foundation in the Triangle Capacity Building Network, a funder collaboration that has pooled resources to support nonprofits through grants and other resources. She represents the foundation on the Durham Cultural Roadmap Steering Committee.

Mimi has an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Berea College (KY). She volunteers with Durham organizations through the Rotary Club of Durham. She is currently on the board of the North Carolina Network Association and serves as her neighborhood’s delegate to the Durham InterNeighborhood Council. She is a precinct judge and poll worker for the Durham Board of Elections. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Duke University Federal Credit Union and the Rotary Club of Durham.

Kate Shirah
Fox Family Foundation

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Kate Shirah leads the Fox Family Foundation’s work to support and engage with partners to make a positive difference through arts and culture, education, health, and human services.

Kate’s breadth of experience spans the philanthropic sector, local and state government, and higher education. She earned both her master’s in public health and her bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kate previously served for ten years as the program director for John Rex Endowment, a private foundation based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Her commitment to community shapes her personal time as well. Kate currently chairs the Rotary Club of Durham’s district grants committee and serves as a volunteer reviewer with Unfunded List.

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