Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Nonprofit Survey

CNE Nonprofit SurveyThis anonymous survey is part of an ongoing, comprehensive evaluation of the work of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE). The purpose is to better understand how the CNE’s work with capacity building is affecting nonprofits in our region and what we might do to strengthen this work.

CNE Nonprofit Survey Full Report

2017 Nonprofit Survey Highlights

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence surveyed over two hundred nonprofit staff and volunteers about changes they observed over the last year in their capacity and ability to do their work and areas they would like to improve in.  It also included suggestions for CNE. Here is some of what was learned:

Improvements reported in 90% of organizational and personal ability areas. Highlights include:

  • Nonprofits’ knowledge & tools to access funding and access to relevant expertise
  • Boards & nonprofits more representative of the community served.
  • Nonprofits engaging more effectively in advocacy work and leaders’ use of collaborative skills.

Key declines were observed in:

  • Boards with the number of members needed, people necessary to carry out the work.
  • Leaders’ ability to effectively balance work and other life activities
  • Grantmaking sensitivity to what will make the most difference for organizations.

Greater value in longer-term, more in-depth CNE programs:

Bar graph of CNE usefulness scores

Average usefulness score on a 5 point scale from: “Not at all Useful” to “Extremely Useful.”

Key Issues to Watch

Board recruitment and development, access to funding and strong staff support are areas nonprofits want to work on in 2018.

Our Approach

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) will contribute to helping nonprofits:

  • Secure the necessary resources and supports to carry out their work
  • Be well-managed, with effective leadership and equitable policies and practices
  • Advocate effectively with public and private decision makers
  • Collaborate on addressing root causes and making significant positive change.

We will work in concert with other entities that support strengthening nonprofits’ ability to deliver on their vision and mission.

Our core services include providing professional development, consulting, informational resources, grantmaking and peer learning opportunities to Monterey County nonprofits, while building collaboration between local organizations that support capacity building.  CNE’s work contributes to the fulfillment of the vision that Monterey Bay region nonprofits’ combined work results in healthy, safe, vibrant and inclusive communities.