Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Charlottesville, November 28, 2016 — On November 30, 2016 more than 400 community leaders from the business, public, and nonprofit sectors will gather at the Boar’s Head Pavilion for the  Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s (CNE) 10th Anniversary Philanthropy Day luncheon. CNE in partnership with CFA Institute is hosting this community celebration to highlight all of the ways that philanthropy – whether given in time, talent or treasure – transforms our community. This year, CNE has the great privilege of celebrating 10 years of engaging nonprofits, the people who power them and their community partners in doing good work better.

“CNE is excited to commemorate our 10th Anniversary year by doing what we do best—sparking new ideas, new leaders, and new collaborations—all in an effort to foster a more resilient community,” said Cristine Nardi, CNE’s Executive Director. Through collaboration across sectors, and through innovative approaches to nonprofit business and shared leadership, CNE promotes strong nonprofits because that leads to strong community. “We’re a network, an information hub, a partner, a connector, a consultant, and an expert all focused on strengthening the nonprofit ecosystem in the region,” said Nardi.

“Charlottesville is a better place because philanthropists support the vital work of nonprofits,” said Kelli Palmer, Director of Organizational Environment, Social and Governance at CFA Institute. “We are proud to partner with CNE to champion those serving the greater good. At CFA Institute we know the importance of investing in our community.” CFA Institute is a not-for-profit, global association that sets standards for excellence among investment management professionals. “Charlottesville is fortunate to have CNE and such a vibrant nonprofit community,” said Palmer.

Melody Barnes, this year’s Philanthropy Day guest speaker, is an authority on leadership and collaboration. Her role as chair of the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions gives her a unique perch from which to identify and cultivate effective collaboration in local communities across the country. Barnes is also vice Provost for Global Student Leadership initiatives at NYU, where she works closely with the Wagner School’s Research Center for Leadership in Action to groom leaders of tomorrow here and abroad. She has had an impressive career in public service, including serving as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Chief Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We’re proud to enter our next decade by saying thank you to area nonprofits, philanthropists, and community leaders that have nurtured and developed CNE and the nonprofit sector into a vital community asset,” said Joe Raichel, CNE Board Chair and Senior Vice President and Western Virginia Banking Manager at Wells Fargo.

About Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) in Charlottesville, Va. is the region’s only nonprofit resource center. With 300 members, and now entering its 10th year, CNE has built a dynamic community of practice. We are an honest broker, a trusted guide, and a voice for and about the nonprofit sector. From governance, leadership and management, to robust programs, data-driven evaluation, and collaboration, CNE invests in nonprofits because strong nonprofits = strong community.