Our Programs and Services

The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN) believes that the most effective way to increase the capacity of the nonprofit sector is to strengthen and sustain the leaders and the board members of nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to be a strong resource of information and support for nonprofit emerging leaders, executive directors and board members seeking to maximize the effectiveness of their organizations.  We accomplish this by providing access to best-in-class resources and programs, peer support networks, and personal consultation to hundreds of nonprofits in the counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and San Francisco.


Executive Directors & CEOs

We believe the Executive at any nonprofit has an extremely challenging position and it is our goal to prepare you for the marathon, not the sprint!  In each of our programs, we build in personal sustainability, peer networking, and continuous learning.

Leaders Institute (Eight month long leadership development course)

Executive Director Roundtables (Monthly meetings, exclusively for EDs/CEOs)

Executive Education Opportunities (Member Only Benefit! Partial scholarships for Harvard/Stanford courses)

Training Calendar (On-going learning opportunities)


Boards of Directors

At CEN we believe board members are and organization's most valuable volunteers – you have committed your time and energy to make a difference in the community.  It is our goal to provide you with the coaching and development to bring your best to board service.

Board Consulting (Bring CEN to meet with your board)

New Board Member Training (Board orientation and training for new board members)

BoardSource Membership & Board Orientation Success (Discounted for CEN Members)

Training Calendar (On-going Opportunities - Exclusive Board Member Events)


Emerging Leaders

Every great nonprofit needs a pipeline of amazing, qualified candidates to take on leadership roles.  Our goal at CEN is to provide you with the tools to become our sector’s future leaders.

Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program

Training Calendar