Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Resources & RFPs

Resources & RFPs

Explore resources to strengthen your nonprofit or collaborative.

RFPs & Funding

Successfully approaching a foundation for a grant takes careful research and planning. Explore these resources to get you started in the right direction.

Prepare a Strong Grant Proposal

  • Learn skills for writing proposals and creating budgets.
  • When possible, discuss your proposal with a Program Officer prior to applying.
  • Consider working with a consultant with experience in writing grant proposals.

Where to Look for Grant Funding – RFPs

Current Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

Contact these funders directly for questions or information on their Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Visit Philanthropy New Digest for more like these.

RFPs with Rolling Deadlines

Executive Directors

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence offers opportunities to reflect on the unique challenges that come with the Executive Director role and to strengthen your leadership practices.

Resilient Leadership and Reflective Practices

Download this collection of resources from the 2018 Nonprofit Executive Retreat. Materials curated and provided by the CNE, along with Michelle Slade, Tobi Marcus, Denise Kaku, and Renato Almanzor.

Resources for EDs – Resilience and Reflective Practice

Executive Director Learning Community

CNE Retreat for Nonprofit Executives2018 Dates to be announced.

The CNE offers a low-cost series for nonprofit executives to learn important strategies for increasing success.  It is a safe space to share concerns and challenges.  Small groups meet monthly for confidential discussion. Participants choose topics, which have included boards and fundraising, creating effective infrastructure, delegating tasks and more.


Executive Coaching

Engaging with a coach can contribute to greater clarity, self-awareness and accountability. Coaching is confidential and can help to

  • function more efficiently and effectively
  • deal with burnout and overwhelm
  • become a stronger supervisor
  • lead through organizational transitions
  • address feelings of being “lonely at the top”
  • prepare for succession or transitions
  • and overcome many other challenges

Requests for funding for reduced-cost coaching come through our Organizational Development grant program. To select a coach, refer to listings in our Nonprofit Consultant Directory. These requests do not need to be discussed with board officers.

LEAD Institute

If you have fewer than three years’ experience as an executive director, consider applying for the LEAD Institute. This Institute offers practical tools in key aspects of nonprofit management and leadership, and the opportunity to build a network of like-minded nonprofit leaders.


Your board doesn’t have to re-invent the wheel. Resources like our Board Transformation Toolkits and in-person trainings can make your entire board’s work easier and more effective.

Support for Board Officers

Board Officers RoundtableThe Board Officers’ Roundtable Series is a monthly gathering for board chairs and other officers. Take advantage of confidential conversation with peers and guest speakers. Details on upcoming Roundtable TBA.

Meeting locations alternate between Community Foundation for Monterey County offices in Monterey and Salinas.

Board Transformation Toolkit

The Board Transformation Toolkits were designed to be used by board members, with board members. Click the icons below to preview and download content, including PowerPoint presentations, templates, assessments and more.

Overview of the Board Transformation Toolkits

Board Recruitment


Fund Development and Finance


Effective Board Meetings and Structures

Effective-Board-Meetings Building-Board-Manual Creating-Great-Committees

Understanding Board Roles & Responsibilities

Guide-to-Board-Roles-and-Responsibilities Establishing-Strong-Board-Staff-RelationsSteps-to-Evaluating-the-Work-of-the-BoardThriving-as-Board-Chair

Strategic Planning and Evaluating the Executive Director

Strategic-Planning-Pursuit-of-Mission Understanding-Nonprofit-Lifecycles Evaluating the Executive


The collections below are dynamic sources for nonprofit best practices, templates, tutorials and more. Take a look.

Nonprofit Management Resources and Learning Libraries

National Council of Nonprofits offers a robust collection of resources on many topics.
Logo for offers online training that is bite-size and on-demand.
Long-Beach-Nonprofit-Partnership LBNP connects nonprofits with learning libraries, articles and videos on Marketing, Volunteers, Board Development and More.
NonprofitGoodPracticeGuide-logo2 Nonprofit Network Good Practice Guide highlights topics such as Advocacy, Budgeting, Human Resources and more.
PackardFoundation Packard’s Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center offers an inside glimpse at learning and reflection on effectiveness in organizations and networks
CollectiveImpactForum Collective Impact Forum is a place to share and find research, tools and case studies of groups working together to address complex social problems.
TechSoup Techsoup offers technology trainings for nonprofits.