Core Values

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits upholds these core values in our work and promotes them in the nonprofit sector as a whole.   


The nonprofit sector’s vital role in our society

A strong, 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. 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 and 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, and the government.  We believe in modeling this trustworthiness and integrity that earns continuously the public’s high regard for the nonprofit sector.  


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. We use carefully the time and talents of those working with the Center, are environmentally responsible, and spend wisely the funds invested in us. 



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.