Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Nonprofit Survey

CNE Nonprofit Survey

The 2018 Nonprofit Survey is now closed. Thanks to all those who responded. Results will be posted here this fall.

This anonymous survey is part of an ongoing, comprehensive evaluation of the work of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. 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.


Kaki Rusmore, Director, Center for Nonprofit“Through the Nonprofit Survey, we invite you to begin a dialogue with CNE about what’s most important to your organization, and how we can help.”

2017 Nonprofit Survey Results

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.

Improvements were reported in 90% of organizational and personal ability areas. The Nonprofit Survey also pointed to themes of balancing work and other life activities, board recruitment and development, and building strong staff support as areas that nonprofits wanted to work on. In response, the CNE offered:

  • Retreats to help executives address burnout
  • Workshops to build strong staff support
  • A Board Connect Reception to build interest in board service (coming in Fall 2018).

2017 CNE Nonprofit Survey Full Report

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.