Core Values

What do we value?

We uphold these core values in our own work and promote them in the nonprofit sector as a whole. They represent what we believe in, what we stand for, and how we approach everything we do.

The nonprofit sector’s vital role in our societyA strong and independent nonprofit sector is essential for weaving the social, cultural, environmental, and economic fabric of our society. It provides needed services, gives people a way to participate as citizens and volunteers, stands up for underrepresented citizens, and pioneers solutions to major social problems. In order to fulfill these roles, the nonprofit sector must defend nonprofits’ fundamental right to advocate and lobby for their constituents and causes.

  • Innovation and a sense of hope  Nonprofits believe that we can create a better future through innovation and societal change. This sense of hope leads to creative approaches and new models that work. We seek to nurture the spirit of the nonprofit community by recognizing and celebrating successes, as well as learning from valuable failures.

  • Integrity and accountability  We help nonprofits to be effective in achieving their missions and accountable to all their stakeholders – their community, constituents, donors, board, staff, volunteers, collaborators, the government, etc. We believe in modeling this trustworthiness and integrity that earns continuously the public’s high regard for the nonprofit sector. This reflects an alignment between what we say, what we do, and how we do it.

  • The rich diversity of the people of North Carolina We celebrate, respect, and include all of North Carolina's people, cultures, regions, religions, and political views.

  • Outstanding service  We are committed to a strong ethic of timely, reliable service to nonprofits of all sizes and types in all 100 counties of North Carolina. We strive to create an environment in which nonprofit practitioners feel heard, safe, respected, and supported.

  • Responsible stewardship  We are committed to careful stewardship of all human, natural, and financial resources. This means we use carefully the time and talents of those working with the Center, we are environmentally responsible, and we spend wisely the funds invested in us. 

  • Sustainability  We believe it is important to recognize the value of nonprofits’ work by investing in their organizations and their people. This includes providing learning opportunities for volunteers and staff, as well as compensation and benefits that are adequate to sustain staff members and their families.