PATH Resource Center

For resources regarding philanthropy and work during the COVID- 19 pandemic, please see our Frequently Requested Resources.

During the COVID-19 emergency, You can access Candid’s Foundation Directory Online at home through the PATH Resource Center with this link. You can search Candid’s Training page for webinars, blogs and podcasts on navigating the Directory and latest COVID-19 resources.


The PATH Resource Center – a resource for area nonprofits – is made possible through a partnership between the PATH Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.* The PATH Resource Center, funded by the PATH Foundation, will be managed and operated by CNE.


The Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the PATH Resource Center offers tools, training, consulting and resources to nonprofits serving Fauquier, Rappahannock, and northern Culpeper counties to help strengthen their organizations’ impact on their communities. The Center was developed in consult with nonprofit leaders and the key stakeholders in the region who identified a clear need for community investment in business, professional development, and people within the nonprofit sector.

Some of the topics to be covered by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence include governance, philanthropy, marketing, finance, and community engagement. The Center includes resources for volunteer recruitment and management based on a recent PATH Foundation study of volunteer needs in the community.

“We are so thrilled to partner with The Center for Nonprofit Excellence and provide this valuable support to the many nonprofits in our region,” stated Christy Connolly president and CEO of the PATH Foundation. “Nonprofit clients can expect business resources, monthly training, opportunities to engage strategically with other nonprofits in the sector, and more, based on the needs identified within the community.”

Foundation Center logoThe PATH Resource Center subscribes to and provides free public access to the Foundation Center, an online database of over 12 million grants. Visit the PATH Resource Center to find detailed information on grantmakers who fund in your geographic area, your focus area, the population that you serve, and who provides the type of support you need. Please make an appointment to reserve a workstation.


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Warrenton, VA 20186

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2020 Education Programs

Registration is required for all training. Workshops, Academies and BYOB(ag) programs are limited to 24 participants. POP Talks and Book Clubs are limited to 8 participants.

Program attendance is complimentary for board, staff and volunteers of organizations operating within the PATH service area (northern Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties). For participants from other organizations, a $25 charge applies.

April: Marketing & Communications

April: COVID-19 Peer Support

Pathway to a Healthy Organization

The well-being of your organization is very important to us. And we have the expertise to assist you in achieving maximum health. In our new program, Pathway to a Healthy Organization, nonprofits will engage in a self-assessment instrument that helps identify capacity strengths and challenges and establish capacity building goals. It is primarily a diagnostic and learning tool. CNE consultants will carefully review and analyze the results of the self-assessment, and compile the diagnostic assessment into an organizational report. Strengths and opportunities will be identified, and recommendations for future development will be made.

Benefits of this exciting new program include:

  • An opportunity to reflect on how well your organization is meeting its responsibilities
  • Assistance in determining areas that are strongest and those that need improvement
  • Development of a baseline framework to measure improvement over time
  • Tools and resources to help get you started on your path to organizational health

Is your organization ready to take a walk down the path to health? Contact Cindy Colson to learn more. Please note that limited slots are available through the end of the year, and that participation requires an investment of time from board and staff. Complimentary for nonprofit organizations operating within the PATH Foundation service area (Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper Counties).

PATH Resource Center Staff

Jenn Sweigart

Jenn Sweigart

Jenn Sweigart has over 15 years of experience working with nonprofits. She most recently worked for County of Loudoun Parks, Recreation and Community Services at Middleburg Community Center creating programs and special events. She returned to Virginia from the Outer Banks where Jenn was the Chief Operating Officer at Whalehead in Historic Corolla. As PATH Resource Center Manager, she works with non-profits in the Northern Culpeper, Fauquier, and Rappahannock area to help them reach their full mission potential. Jenn earned her B.S. in Education from George Mason University and spent years in public education. She, her husband, and their two dogs live in Opal and love outdoor activities, CrossFit, and off-roading with their Jeep. Contact Jenn at 540-680-4149 or at

Cindy Colson

Cindy Colson

Cindy Colson, Senior Director of Programs for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, has 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked on building strong collaborations with more than 65 nonprofits to develop programs and initiatives to address community needs. Ms. Colson earned her BIS from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington. She enjoys reading nonfiction books, cycling, and kayaking. Ms. Colson lives in Culpeper with her husband and three cats. Contact Cindy at 434-951-9044 or

*CNE, founded in 2006 and based in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a nonprofit resource center with more than 280 member organizations across central Virginia dedicated to helping nonprofits’ success. It offers tools, training, resources and consulting to nonprofit boards, staff and key volunteers.