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.
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!
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.
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.
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