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Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Community Foundation for Monterey County helps nonprofits advance their missions by providing training and resources through its Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE). The CNE inspires nonprofit staff, board and volunteers from throughout the Monterey Bay region to think strategically, govern and operate effectively.  The CNE offers an array of opportunities that work together to strengthen nonprofits: workshops and institutes, consulting, peer groups, organizational development grants, information resources and more.
Special thanks to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for their generous support.


Connect to a calendar of local and virtual trainings and professional development activities from CFMC and other providers.


Learn more about support for Organizational Development (OD), grant opportunities and RFPs from other funders, and access a fundraising events planning calendar to check and enter dates for your nonprofit's events.

Board & ED


Learn more about peer learning groups for nonprofit Board Chairs and Executive Directors (EDs), as well as coaching for Executive Directors.

Access the free Board Transformation Toolkits and other materials to strengthen your board.



Consider the opportunities for consulting and referrals:

  • Informal consulting with CNE staff (complimentary)
  • find a consultant or coach serving local nonprofits in a searchable database, and
  • SACT: pro bono management consulting from a team of business school alumni.

LEAD Institute

LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) is for nonprofit managers serving the diverse communities of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties and aspiring to greater leadership. The 2015 class is full. Apply by October 15, 2015 to be considered for the 2016 class.

Overview –  Program Components  – Apply – List of Alumni 
Participant Access Only    

Additional Resources

Looking for a template, sample policy, article or tool? Find websites that contain information on many management topics relevant to nonprofits.


Kaki Rusmore
Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence
831.375.9712 x124



Susie Polnaszek
Program Officer, Center for Nonprofit Excellence
831.375.9712 x138