CEN's Mission and History

Our mission is to improve the long-term sustainability of nonprofit leaders and organizations by offering the highest quality programs, consultation, training and community-building networks.


Our Vision

CEN’s vision is a powerful, vibrant and effective nonprofit community. We enable leaders to learn and implement the best practices of management and governance in their organizations for the betterment of the communities they serve. 


Why We Do What We Do

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 over 200 Silicon Valley nonprofit organizations. Want to learn more? Check out What We Do!


Our History

In 1994 Dean Morton, former Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and retired Director of the Hewlett Packard Company together with Bob Daw, formerly of the United Way, co-founded the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN).  Their vision was to provide a means for nonprofit leaders and their organizations to obtain the knowledge and resources necessary to promote excellence in nonprofit organizational performance.  Dean and Bob felt that by strengthening the leadership of local nonprofits, these organizations would be better able to serve their communities thereby improving the quality of life for countless people in the Silicon Valley.  Check our our short video below: