We are The Forum

The Forum is a community hub for education, training, mentoring, and collaboration for non-profit professionals. The Forum was created to answer these questions:

What if… we established a community of service in Charlotte with a common language and understanding?

What if… all those working on the front lines in our community received support and training that would help them do their work even better?

What if… all agencies, regardless of size and resources, had access to the same quality training and support?

We believe the answer to these questions will change the nonprofit landscape in the city of Charlotte — for the good of everyone.

We see a better future

We envision a service community that is equipped and supported at all levels; a community of non-profit staff that serves with confidence and longevity.

We recognize that it is those who are providing the day-to day care of our community’s most challenged populations that often need the most support. Whether you are housing case manager, a front desk worker, a resident assistant or counselor or social worker, you will find knowledge and support at The Forum.

Everything we do is in support of three primary goals:


To provide training and support opportunities that address the need of community non-profit staff


To create opportunities for inter-agency connection and collaboration


To support the creation of a common language and unified best practices among front-line non-profit staff and volunteers

Our History

The Forum was created on the grounds of Hope Haven in their “old conference center”. Thanks to a hometown grant supplied by Lowes and lots of volunteers hours and donations, the newly renovated space—now named The Forum at Hope Haven—was created.

On January 31, 2023, The Forum was introduced to the community through a formal launch event. Those attending contributed to this art piece that now hangs in our lobby—the multitude of colors representing the many personalities and gifts of the agencies who serve the Charlotte community.

Affordable & Accessible for All

We work hard to ensure that Forum offerings are accessible to all staff working in this community. Ready to enroll?

We want to hear from you!

We want to hear form you: Do you have an idea for a class that you and your team would like for us to offer? Do you know of a presenter that you would like to take a class from at The Forum? Or just have a general question or feedback?

Contact The Forum Director Barbara Thomas via email, or using this form. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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The Forum at Hope Haven
3815 N Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206

The Forum is located on the back of the property of Hope Haven at 3815 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206.

From N. Tryon Street, turn onto W. Craighead Road and enter through the second driveway on your right. Drive straight ahead, and The Forum is the last building on your left with the logo on the entrance doors. There is plenty of free, on-site parking

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.