2016 Impact Report

Dear Friends,

When CNE began, its tagline was, “Share what you know. Find what you need.” Our twice-monthly workshops were one or two hours long. We provided occasional, brief technical assistance at no cost to our members. We harnessed volunteers to teach and train. We used our weekly e-newsletter to inform our members of sector trends. Through this strategy, we built a thriving nonprofit resource center for the community.

Today, our nonprofits are required to be even more sophisticated in the way they provide services, collect data, evaluate performance, communicate impact, raise funds, and collaborate with each other. And they need CNE’s services to evolve, grow, and innovate along with them. CNE excels when it is able to identify emerging sector trends and partner with nonprofits to address critical organizational challenges in real time so that everyone in our community benefits. We are excited to share with you this report of our work and its impact in 2016.

We are incredibly proud of this community, our members, our supporters, our trainers, and our partners. We could not do this work without you. But we’re not done yet. CNE is committed to supporting our rich, vibrant network of nonprofits every day, every step of the way.

Thank you for investing deeply in our community through CNE. We’re thrilled to be able to partner with you to support nonprofits in doing what they do best: building community.


CNE offers a remarkable breadth and quality of resources to non-profit professionals in our area. In particular, the information I gained through Board Academy has become part of my everyday workflow. And meeting with my Philanthropy Circle is a highlight of every month. It provides a degree of in-depth professional and personal development that I haven’t found anywhere else.

Sarah Mullen – Associate Director, Development, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


Membership Overview

Ten years ago, we had 56 organizational members. In 2016, we closed the year nearly 280 members strong–with nonprofits working in over 16 focus areas, with a reach extending from Charlottesville, 10 neighboring counties, and across the region. They range from just formed to well-established and from large to small, with operational budgets spanning from under $100,000 to over $10 million. Our Member Directory represents the diversity of organizations forming our community of practice as we look forward into 2017.

In 2016, CNE welcomed 53 new members and met our goal of 75% members renewing their membership.

At CNE, we believe in the potential of nonprofits to create a healthy community. To celebrate this potential, we brought together more than 150 CNE members, business and community leaders, philanthropists, Board Academy alumni, colleagues, friends and family in June at the IX Art Park to share the dynamic and multi-faceted work of our local nonprofits. Throughout the year, we passed on nonprofit success stories through social media and our e-newsletter, shared resources with our members via visits, provided technical assistance on a range of business topics, and connected them to our high-value resources, programs, and services. In November, we welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 400 to our annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon, where we celebrated the power of philanthropy – whether time, talent or treasure – to build strong nonprofits and transform our community.



Being a member of CNE has been a one-stop shop for the many questions I have. Whenever I need a resource, I always go to CNE first! I love the trainings and being able to meet other nonprofit leaders and build relationships. I’m so grateful to have an organization like CNE at my fingertips!

Tamara Wilkerson – Executive Director, African American Teaching Fellows

Program Highlights

In 2016, we took the time to further develop existing programs and services based on participant feedback. Our Management Academy now includes opportunities for participants to reflect together on what they’ve learned and how they’ll apply it, which increases their individual growth and helps to build a supportive network of nonprofit professionals. We also created and offered a new Advanced Training, our Strategic Management Series, which received positive feedback from participants both immediately completing the program, as well as six months afterward.

Setting our strategic sights on strengthening nonprofit performance and supporting collaboration, we launched ConsultCorps, where we bring CNE expertise to your organization, and added new facilitation and training services to CoLab, our collaboration learning lab.

ConsultCorps has exploded—with CNE seeing a 400% increase in consulting over the previous year! 

To strengthen connections between nonprofit members and the for-profit sector, we also offered joint Workshops with Community Investment Collaborative and the American Marketing Association—Central Virginia.


Participating in CNE’s Management Academy has helped to expand my horizons in how I think about and approach leadership, as well as equip me with new hard and soft skills to improve how I manage others, as well as myself. Within the Academy’s six core competencies, participants are given autonomy to select workshop topics that are most relevant to where they currently are in their career and where they’d like to grow. This flexibility allows for more meaningful engagement and growth that you might not otherwise get in another leadership course. I would recommend the Academy to anyone who is looking to become more self-aware as a leader, discover and build on their strengths, and lay the stepping stone for future advancement.

Tyler Herman – Manager of Agency Relations and Programs, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

From professional development to peer networking, the CNE has supported our nonprofit from its beginnings through our five year anniversary with rich class offerings, data and technology resources and consultant referrals. We are grateful to have the CNE as a partner and a collaborator.

Neal Piper – Executive Director, Presidential Precinct


2016 Financials

Donated Income

Earned Income


Operating Expenses

In order to make our workshops possible, our trainers donated over 175 hours of pro-bono time which saved CNE approximately $35,000 and ensured that we could continue to offer cost-effective programs to our members.
*Mission Support includes fundraising and management.
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016


2016 Supporters

Thank you to all our generous donors who help make this work possible. Without you, we would not be able to offer the high-quality, customized support and resources that strengthen nonprofits so they can be more efficient and effective, make the best use of donor dollars, and increase their impact.

  • Annual Donors


    Batten Family Fund
    Katherine Brooks and George Beller
    Marge Connelly and Julie Christopher
    Heiner Family Fund
    The Farkas Family Foundation
    Perry Foundation
    Virginia National Bank

    $1,000 to $9,999

    Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in CACF
    The Ciccone Family Charitable Fund
    Patricia Cluff
    Pam and Frank S. Edmonds, Jr.
    Kay Leigh Ferguson
    Shirley French
    Hantzmon Wiebel LLP
    Dana Harris
    Tony and Lara Ignaczak
    Ruffin and Adelaide King
    Mike and Valerie Kirkman
    Dan Layman
    Rosemary Mahoney
    Sarah and Grey McLean
    Wistar Morris and Karen Moran
    Joe and Kelly Raichel
    The Rimora Foundation
    Smyth Foundation Fund in CACF
    SunTrust Investment Services
    Wells Fargo
    John and Trula Wright, III
    Jake and Jessica Zarnegar

    $999 or less

    Amazon Smile
    Henry Ayres
    Saphira Baker
    Rosalyn Berne
    Benjamin and Antoinette Brewster
    Peter and Nancy Brooks
    Chuck Bruse
    Dr. Margery Daniel
    Cynthia Davis
    Kadi Davis
    Mary Loose DeViney
    Catherine A. Doherty
    John and Josephine Dumm
    Scott A. Elliff
    David Alan Farr
    Sim & Donna Galazka
    Joe and Sally Gieck
    Frank Grosch
    Mary Davis Hamlin
    Rusty and Samuel Hellman
    Christy Hickey
    Barbara Higgins
    Elizabeth Irvin
    Andrew Jacobs
    Anne and Thad Jones
    The Kapp Family
    Barbara and Jay Kessler
    Michael and Jaqueline Koenig
    John Lanham
    Anna L. Lawson
    Megan LeBoutillier
    Barbara Grant Llewellyn
    Mary Lupton
    Erin Malec
    Michael McKee
    Louise McNamee and Peter McHugh
    Stephen McNaughton
    Daniel and Mary Lewis Meador
    Cristine Nardi
    Northwestern Mutual
    Leah Puryear
    Mildred Robinson
    Catherine Rotolo
    Shelah K. Scott
    Madeline Senior
    Katie Reid Shevlin
    Kay Slaughter
    Stephanie Wood Snell
    Deborah Snow
    Dick and Ella Strubel
    Melissa Thomas-Hunt and Brian Hunt
    McIlwaine and Elsie Thompson
    Peter Thompson and Barbara Millar
    Marisa Vrooman
    Valerie Washington
    Jane Watkins
    Elizabeth Willingham
    Diane Wilson

  • Philanthropy Day Sponsors

    Presenting Partner

    CFA Institute

    Sustainer of Excellence

    The Rimora Foundation
    Wendy Brown
    Wells Fargo

    Pillar of Excellence

    Katherine Brooks and George Beller
    John and Josephine Dumm
    Bebe Heiner and Bill Atwood
    Kelley MacDougall and Mike Pausic
    Martin Horn, Inc.
    Tim and Margaret Rose
    Sonjia Smith
    UVa Advancement

    Leader in Excellence

    Bank of America / US Trust
    Pam and Frank S. Edmonds, Jr.
    Locus Health
    WestWind Foundation
    Christopher Noland
    PATH Foundation
    Quantitative Investment Management
    Signature Family Wealth Advisors

    Investor in Excellence

    Bankers Insurance, LLC
    David and Carolyn Beach
    Big Hearts, Tiny Checks
    Katherine Brooks and George Beller
    Brian and Melba Campbell
    Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
    Darden School of Business
    Home Instead Senior Care
    Nancy and Alex Inman
    Jefferson School Foundation
    Mike and Valerie Kirkman
    Sarah and Grey McLean
    Miller School of Albemarle
    Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia
    Piedmont Virginia Community College
    St. Anne’s-Belfield School
    Alton Taylor
    Gary and Tana Taylor
    The Curtis Group
    UVa Community Credit Union
    UVa Foundation
    UVa Health System
    Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

  • Russell Willis Taylor Board Academy Scholarship Fund
    The Russell Willis Taylor Board Academy Scholarship Fund is our way of honoring Russell’s long-standing commitment to the Academy—as of its architects and as the fearless leader of the Board Academy faculty team. Over the past seven years, Russell has championed the power of good governance and has stood for the principle that boards are at their best when they welcome diverse members and viewpoints. We are thrilled that so may of you had the opportunity to get to know, laugh with, and learn from Russell through Board Academy.

    Melinda Baumann
    Elizabeth Beasley
    Elizabeth Bolin
    Michael Brann
    Katherine Brooks and George Beller
    Carolyn Burnett
    Aleen Carey
    NyShae Carter
    Cindy Colson
    Shane Cook
    Catherine A. Doherty
    Elizabeth Dorn
    Lisa Drake
    John and Josephine Dumm
    David Alan Farr
    Helen Flamini
    William and Marcela Foshay
    Melissa Fountain
    Erin Hall
    Carol Innes
    Jennifer King
    Sharla and Martin Klingel
    Andre Luck
    Matthew Martin
    Sarah Mullen
    Crystal Napier
    Ellen Osborne
    Elizabeth Piper
    Janet Pond
    Andrew Robinson
    Maria Rolph
    Kellie Sauls
    Carolyn Schuyler
    Megan Shaw
    Anita Showers
    Nancy Strang
    Anne Tilney
    Ann Tucker
    Valerie Washington
    Dr. Victoria Weiss
    Sara Whiffen
    Jake and Jessica Zarnegar

Donors who made gifts between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
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