Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Nonprofit Survey

CNE Nonprofit Survey

This anonymous survey is part of an ongoing effort to provide input on the work of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) of the Community Foundation for Monterey County and other organizations committed to strengthening the skills, knowledge and capacities of local nonprofit organizations. By better understanding the changes and challenges occurring in local organizations, we can focus our work on activities that will best support your work. Staff, board and volunteers of local nonprofits are encouraged to participate.  Thank you for participating! The 2020 Survey is now closed.

Download the 2019 Nonprofit Survey Report

“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.”


2019 Nonprofit Survey Results

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence surveyed 162 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 84% of organizational and personal ability areas. The Nonprofit Survey also pointed to themes of fund development, board recruitment and development, and building strong staff support as areas that nonprofits wanted to work on. Overall, respondents saw the work of CNE as Pretty Useful (mean score of 4.07 of 5).

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.