About us

We exist to help you


Our mission is to enrich North Carolina's communities and economy through a strong nonprofit sector and nonprofit voice. 


The Center serves as an information center on effective practices in nonprofit organizations, a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole. 

Our goals are to:

  • Assist nonprofits to achieve their vital missions through an array of services to help them be ethical, results-oriented, collaborative, adaptive, sustainable, and in legal compliance;
  • Advocate on public policy issues that affect the ability of all nonprofits to address their communities’ needs; and
  • Educate the public on the impact and value of the nonprofit sectorfor the people of North Carolina.

We help nonprofits to save money and time so their funds can go further; lead and manage their organizations effectively; spread innovations; support each other; prevent burnout; collaborate as appropriate; and unite to serve North Carolina better. 

We serve nonprofits board members and staff who work in all kinds of positions. In addition, we collaborate with other local, state, and national organizations that assist nonprofits.


Nonprofits themselves created the Center. Concerned about the growing challenges they faced, nonprofit leaders across the state saw the need to work together to increase the impact of their organizations and their whole nonprofit sector. Jane Kendall founded the Center in 1990. We set our initial priorities with input from 2,153 leaders in nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and government from all 100 counties. Now, we seek daily input for continuous improvement and to respond to the changing environment for nonprofits.


Nonprofit, foundation, and business leaders with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector serve on our statewide Board of Directors


The Center is supported entirely by private funds. Nonprofits invest in themselves by paying modest dues and fees, showing that they value the Center’s work. This supports a third of the cost to provide the services that nonprofits want and need from the Center at the level of quality they deserve. Community-minded businesses, foundations, and individuals invest annually as Sustainers to subsidize the other two-thirds that nonprofits cannot pay. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.