Mission, Vision, Values


We strengthen nonprofits to realize the potential of our community.


Strong nonprofits. Strong communities.



We provide education, consulting and resources to create strong leaders, effective managers and healthy collaborators. We are always learning, always teaching to ensure that nonprofits have the tools they need to be competent, operate with integrity and maximize their impact. We have a high standard for our own performance because our philosophy is to lead by example.

We succeed when nonprofits do good work better.


We invest our time, expertise and resources to promote collaboration, which empowers a more efficient and effective nonprofit sector, and we actively seek our own strategic partnerships to leverage this work. We are an honest broker, focused on supporting nonprofits whatever their mission to better steward their resources and increase their impact. We are pragmatic; we seek practical, achievable solutions that fit the organizations and coalitions with which we work.

We succeed when we help nonprofits clear obstacles to collaboration, and identify and address systemic challenges that impede their success. 


We believe in and advocate for a strong, independent nonprofit sector. Nonprofits are essential to the vitality of our community. We respect and nurture the sector so it can do the important and challenging work of creating a social safety net, promoting civic engagement, protecting the environment and enriching us through arts, education and culture.

We succeed when nonprofits are recognized for their economic impact, perceived as effective agents of change and engaged with community partners to solve real problems and enhance our lives.

CNE is excited to launch 7 Actionable Principles for a Strong Social Sector!

Building on themes from 10 discussion sessions with 67 community members, and several leading national frameworks for nonprofit health and impact, the 7 Actionable Principles aim to create a shared understanding of what makes a healthy nonprofit and build a supportive learning community of nonprofits and funders.

We encourage you to check out the site and you can find a recording of our launch town hall here.