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 suite of services listed below work together. Join the community of nonprofits who’ve partnered with us!

Thank you for continuing to be responsive to nonprofit needs and for being fluid in the process. – Robert Freiri, Executive Director, Gateway Center of Monterey County, Inc.

2017 LEAD participants

LEAD Institute

Partner with LEAD Institute to 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.

Stanford consultants


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.