About Us

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits was founded by Jane Kendall in October 1990 after three years of research pointed to the need for nonprofits to work together to strengthen their organizations and the nonprofit sector. We set our priorities with input from 2,153 leaders in nonprofits, foundations, and businesses from all 100 NC counties. We seek regular input for continuous improvement and to respond to the changing environment for nonprofits.


We envision a North Carolina where nonprofits are intentional in their commitment to holistically build healthy, equitable organizations, and center racial equity to strengthen communities.


To educate, connect, and advocate for North Carolina nonprofits.


  • Commit - Help nonprofits contribute to an equitable society
  • Aspire - Grow & produce quality work across the sector
  • Partner - Collaborate to strengthen communities
  • Elevate - Champion nonprofit leaders


  • Champion the nonprofit sector
  • Innovate learning
  • Value our Members
  • Cultivate connections
  • Strive to model best practices

Equity Statement 

(Adopted: November 19, 2020) 

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits (the Center) places extraordinary value on seeing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) embedded within the structure of all organizations and communities across the state. We are committed to transforming North Carolina into a more equitable state and dismantling racism on the four levels on which it operates in society (Personal; Interpersonal; Institutional; Structural).  

As such, the Center is dedicated to: 

  • Operationalizing equitable practices and policies both internally among board and staff and externally when engaging with our Members, funders, and others; 
  • ​Ensuring that decision-making is inclusive of all staff and board members and considers the voices and needs of the organizations and communities most affected by systemic barriers and discrimination; 
  • Being innovative in how we approach our equity, diversity, and inclusion work; 
  • Continuously learning and reflecting on how to be a better champion of equity for our sector; 
  • Taking full responsibility for and correcting mistakes we make along the way; and 
  • Providing support and training to our fellow nonprofits so that we may grow together in equity, diversity, and inclusion. 


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