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)

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 Lunch and Learn

These monthly, drop-in sessions build connections and support among local nonprofit Executive Directors.

Second Fridays
Noon – 1:30 PM
Community Foundation for Monterey County offices (alternate between Salinas and Monterey)


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.

In-Person Support for Nonprofit Boards

Board Officers RoundtableThe Board Roundtable Series offers a place for board chairs and other officers to connect and build their network with other nonprofit board members. Facilitated by Vanessa Lopez-Littleton. $15 per session.

2019 Dates

7/25 (Salinas), 8/22 (Monterey), 9/26 (Salinas), 10/24 (Monterey), and 11/21 (Salinas) Sessions take place from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.


Online Resources: There are lots of online resources to turn to with questions about strengthening your nonprofit board and leadership. BoardSource is a great one; CNE’s Board Transformation Toolkits offer material on 13 core topics boards must address; and Grantspace by Candid is also a wealth of knowledge.

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


Mentoring for Organizations

The Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence has provided mentor-assisted technical assistance and capacity building support for several cohorts of small organizations over the last several years. We have documented the methods and resources in a Mentor Handbook and Toolbox, used to build future mentor/consulting capacity and contribute to the field.


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

Nonprofit Management Resources and Learning Libraries

Kellogg Nonprofit Management Essentials on-demand learning modules
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.
Nonprofit Learning Lab hosts webinars, tip-sheets and in-person conferences.
Long-Beach-Nonprofit-Partnership TNP connects nonprofits with learning libraries, articles and videos on Board Development 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.