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Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Providing Strategic & Technical Support to Nonprofit Organizations

Established in 2023, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence provides strategic and technical support to nonprofit organizations. To achieve these goals, the Center leads five primary activities detailed below.

Nonprofit Visits + Funding Opportunities

Please expand the items below to learn more about our offerings:

Nonprofit Visits

Upon request, members of our team meet with nonprofit leaders to better understand their goals and key programs. We use what we learn to help educate the community on their work, increasing opportunities for investment. Please note that we do not take walk-ins; a visit must be scheduled in advance.

Click here to request a visit with a member of our team.

Funding Opportunities

The Nonprofit Directory provides a platform to share your nonprofit’s work with our donors and the greater community. Philanthropists can browse the Directory to learn about causes that are important to them. Nonprofits in good standing with the IRS are eligible to submit their organization for the Foundation to review for consideration.

Click here to submit a request for a Nonprofit Directory listing. 

Click here to browse the Nonprofit Directory. 

We also manage competitive grants offered by donors at the Foundation. Nonprofits interested in applying for a competitive grant must first register their nonprofit with the Foundation. 

Review our list of competitive grants here. 

Development Fellows

One of the Foundation’s signature programs, Development Fellows is a workshop series that teaches fundraising fundamentals to enhance the skills and effectiveness of new development professionals.

Applications for the next cohort of Development Fellows will open in late 2024.

Nonprofit Board Fellows

This seven-session program is designed for civic-minded people who are new to or actively pursuing nonprofit board or committee service.  

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Nonprofit Board Fellows cohort. Apply here. The application deadline is June 17, 2024.

Nonprofit Membership

Nonprofit Membership allows your organization to build a formal partnership with the Foundation and strengthen your development network. Membership is $500 per year and includes:

  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Nonprofit networking events
  • Invitation to BRAF’s Annual Meeting
  • Foundation publications

Organization Funds

Organization funds, sometimes called agency funds, are charitable accounts established by nonprofit organizations to support their mission-related work. These funds can be great tools for participating in the Foundation’s investment policies and tools.

All organizations who establish funds with us receive:

  • Gift acknowledgment services
  • Co-investment with the Foundation’s portfolio
  • Fund performance briefings
  • Regular reporting

Request a meeting with Tammy Abshire, Interim VP of Nonprofit Excellence.