Audience: Cameron

Strategic Planning Cohort Application


“This is a concise yet expansive way to undertake strategic planning and I would recommend it to other small nonprofits.”- 2022 cohort participant 

 “The plan will be transformational for our program’s future.” – 2023 cohort participant 

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE), in partnership with The Cameron Foundation and Susan Wilkes of Wilkes Consulting, is pleased to offer this Strategic Planning Cohort program. Strategic planning is a crucial process for healthy nonprofits. This 6-month cohort program will guide participants through a strategic thinking and planning process resulting in a 3-year strategic plan. Consultants will coach organizations to: 

  • Collect data from key stakeholders 
  • Identify themes and priorities 
  • Craft goals and strategies 
  • Develop tactics to achieve those goals and strategies 
  • Create an implementation plan which ensures the goals and strategies drive decision-making for staff and board 

Eligibility and expectations for participation 

  • An annual operating budget below $1M 
  • A team of 2-4 individuals participating from your organization with at least 1 board member  
  • Attendance at each of the 5 cohort sessions below in person at The Cameron Foundation 
  • Completion of 5-8 hours of work each month in between sessions. You will have a strategy coach to guide you, but you must have the capacity to engage in the assigned work activities. 

Session Dates

  • October 10th, 2024, from 9:30 am-1:00 pm  
  • December 5th, 2024, from 9:30 am-1:00 pm  
  • January 7th, 2025, from 9:30 am-1:00 pm  
  • February 25th, 2025, from 9:30 am-1:00 pm  
  • March 20th, 2025, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm  

Please apply by Wednesday, July 31st.  

The per-organization fee for the program is $5,000 but thanks to the generous support of The Cameron Foundation, program fees are subsidized and there is no cost to participate.  

Leaders of Color Collective Session 4

We are excited to announce the next Leaders of Color Collective session! The Leaders of Color Collective is a program designed specifically for and by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) working in the social impact sector.

This session's topic: Microaggression and Trauma

Join us on Friday, May 17th, 2024, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm via Zoom for an empowering discussion tailored for leaders of color, delving into the effects of racial microaggressions on trauma. Explore practical strategies to navigate and address these subtle yet impactful behaviors, fostering inclusive and supportive environments for all. Together, let's amplify voices, cultivate resilience, and pave the way for a more equitable and empathetic leadership landscape.


American Sign Language interpreters or other communication access accommodations are available upon request. Please submit any accommodation requests to Denisha Phipps at

Maximizing Donor Retention – Insights from an Online Giving Study

What if your nonprofit could retain just 10% more than the industry average of recurring givers? Not only would this help you raise more funds and meet your fundraising goals, but it’s possible to do simply by focusing on online giving tools and best practices. 

In this session, we’ll share lessons learned from our online giving study. We donated $25 to 300 organizations across the U.S. and tracked the giving experience and the thank you results. We’ll share actionable tips to improve your donation experience, landing page, receipting email, thank you process, and follow up activities. Spend less time worrying about your budget and more time on your mission!

If you require any accessibility accommodations, such as language interpreters, please contact

Leaders of Color Collective session 3

We are excited to announce the next Leaders of Color Collective session! The Leaders of Color Collective is a program designed specifically for and by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) working in the social impact sector.

The topic of this session will be "Building and Leveraging Capital for Organizational and Professional Growth.

During this session, we will discuss the unique challenges that BIPOC leaders face when it comes to funding and sustaining their work. The aim of this session is to help you identify strategies to address staffing challenges, approach funders more effectively, build impactful collaborations, and raise capital. You will also receive a list of resources to help you meet your fund development goals. Please join us and your colleagues on March 15th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm via Zoom for this rich discussion led by Dr. Selena Cozart of Cozart Consulting, Inc. and Veronica Fleming of Veronica Fleming Consulting.

This session is free and virtual! Register today!

Board Education Session _ Kadi _ Gathering at Washington Street _Cameron

High-impact boards start with board members who understand their role and how best to bring their skills to the board table. Join CNE staff members Cindy Colson, Erica Holmes, and Brian Ullman on Wednesday, April 10 at 9:30 am for this session designed to give board members a jump start on effective board service. Drawing from CNE’s Board Academy curriculum and feedback from our members, this workshop will teach the key roles and responsibilities of board members, include interactive exercises for skills development, and provide a unique networking opportunity for community members engaging in board service.

Topics covered will include:

  • The unique role of the nonprofit sector
  • Characteristics of a high-impact board
  • Fiduciary duties of nonprofit boards
  • The board/CEO partnership
  • and more!

Participants will leave the workshop with a new understanding of their role as board members and the path to a high-impact board, as well as a toolkit of resource materials to take with them to the boardroom. This session is designed to make practical board training more readily available and to complement your organization’s own board orientation session or board education goals.  New board members of area nonprofits are encouraged to attend, as are more experienced board members who seek a refresher course to sharpen their board knowledge. Nonprofit leaders are also welcome; this is a great opportunity to engage your new board leadership!


We believe that nonprofit boards are strongest when they learn and strive for continuous improvement together. We are pleased to offer a 10% discount on the total registration cost for our Board Essentials workshop when 3 or more board members (or staff) from the same organization attend the training together. If you’d like to take advantage of this discount, please send the names and emails of all participants with your organization's information to Summer Conley.

Please note:

  • This meeting will take place in-person.
  • Refunds will be issued for cancellations made 24 hours or more before the start of the training.
American Sign Language interpreters or other communication access accommodations are available upon request. Please submit any accommodations requests to Denisha Phipps.

Leaders of Color Collective Session 2

We are delighted to announce the next Leaders of Color Collective in our series on Healing and Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Sector.

Title: Beyond Trust: The Hidden Impact of Trauma in Nonprofit Leadership

Join us on Friday, January 26th, 10 am -12 pm as we discuss how trauma can affect nonprofit leaders in ways that are often overlooked. Our discussion will delve into the hidden consequences of trauma (within the professional and personal sphere), the challenges it poses to nonprofit organizations and the strategies that can be implemented to mitigate its effects. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable insights and practical tools to support your leadership role in the nonprofit sector.



This session is free and virtual! Register today!