SPARK! Workshops

Workshops are designed to help nonprofits and social entrepreneurs refine their skills for greater social impact.

Equipping Nonprofits for Success

NVCF offers SPARK! training and development workshops that are designed to ensure that every great idea starts well and is on the path to sustainable success. Sign up for a workshop and take your NVCF fund or non-profit to the next level!

Workshops include insights into fundraising, nonprofit management, financial sustainability, communication and marketing. All workshops are held at The Hub, a community collaboration space located in Downtown Chico. Learn more about the training modules below.

Upcoming Workshops

There are no SPARK! trainings scheduled at this time. Sign up for our SPARK! email list to be notified when more trainings are planned.

Our Trainers

Alexa Benson-Valavanis
North Valley Community Foundation

Since taking the post of CEO in 2005, NVCF developed a new business model aimed at driving social innovation locally and around the globe. During her tenure, NVCF has established 350 charitable funds and raised more than $30 million for social good.

Beth Lamberson
North State Public Radio

Beth Lamberson joined NSPR as general manager in summer 2015. Her passion is problem solving at the local level, especially for the non-profit sector. She combines her media and non-profit toolkit into high energy workshops that produce real takeaways for the participants.

Laura Cootsona
The Jesus Center

Laura has spent over 20 years as a consultant to nonprofit organizations. Laura is a trainer at heart and loves to help organizations do the good they do better. Currently, Laura serves as Executive Director of The Jesus Center, a regional resource center aimed at alleviating poverty.

Jovanni Tricerri
Common Mango Media

Jovanni joins NVCF with over 15 years experience in community organization and group facilitation. Jovanni’s primary role is organizing our efforts around community engagement and helping people take their ideas and put them into strategic action. He holds an MA in Communication & Leadership.