• Stock Building on our Naples Campus
  • Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE)

    The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) enjoys the strong support of the nearly 6,000 nonprofit agencies in the region.  As an active partner with community organizations, the center collaborates with area nonprofits so they can better meet their missions and strengthen their capacity to serve their communities. 

    The center focuses on the delivery of professional development opportunities as well as offers a wide array of support services customized to the needs of area organizations.  CNE seminars highlight the roles and responsibilities of board members and examine topics such as organizational leadership, strategic planning, fund development and donor relations, and other operational topics relevant to excellent organizations. Presenters for the seminars are highly-acclaimed practitioners in the nonprofit field and enthusiastically provide relevant insights and cutting-edge strategies.   

    Vision and Values

    The CNE is the region’s premier collaborative lifelong learning center aimed at maximizing the capacity of nonprofit agencies.

    Hodges University’s core values are excellence, integrity, respect, and inclusion. The CNE further builds on these with the values of collaboration, leadership, and stewardship. These values are broadly integrated throughout the center’s offerings and serve as the foundation for all that it does.


    The CNE’s mission is to support excellence in the leadership and management of nonprofit enterprises through professional development opportunities, research, and mentoring.

    Partners and Advisors

    The CNE enjoys a multi-faceted approach to gathering input from stakeholders.

    Strategic Partners: Their focus is to define community needs, identify expectations for training outcomes, and provide support.  Partners include:  Community Foundation of Collier County and United Way Collier, along with corporate sponsors.

    Collaborating Agencies: Their focus is to collaboratively plan and promote training sessions for the nonprofit community. Partners include:  the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Collier and Lee Counties; the Greater Naples Planned Giving Council; the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce; and the Planned Giving Council of Lee County.

    Program Advisory Council: Their focus is to represent the participants’ view for needed professional development.  Membership reflects leaders and practitioners in the field.

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