Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) works with nonprofits of all types and sizes to be stronger, more resilient and equitable. We help staff, boards and volunteers make meaningful connections to resources and one another.

Programs & Resources

Our combined work contributes to a strong nonprofit support system. Join the community of nonprofits who’ve partnered with us!

The flexibility and support of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence staff is incredibly encouraging for us. We feel that we have a trusted partner that is there to fill the gaps of a grassroots organization. – Juan Sanchez, Palenke Arts

LEAD Institute

Maximize your staff’s full leadership potential. This year-long leadership development program is for nonprofits serving the diverse communities of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Read more on the LEAD Institute webpage.


Take advantage of our calendar of webinars and workshops offered by CNE and others. Access recordings and material from CNE Trainings.

Resources & RFPs

Explore resources to strengthen your nonprofit, such as an Organizational Development Grant, coaching and peer groups for executive directors, training toolkits and roundtables for boards of directors, current RFPs (requests for proposals) and grant opportunities, plus searchable online learning libraries.

Office Hours – Consulting

Join CNE staff during Office Hours or explore other opportunities for consulting support – including the Nonprofit Consultant Directory and local pro bono consulting.

Nonprofit Survey

Learn more about our annual CNE Nonprofit Survey.