About Us

 Greg Nielsen Small

Your Excellence is Our Passion

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence was established in 1999 through the work of many. Chief among them was Kevin Connelly, the Donors Forum of Kentuckiana, Metro United Way, and Metro Louisville.

It was clear that the greater Louisville region of nonprofits needed a central point to access information, best practices, professional development, and hands-on consultation to help our sector reach its individual and collective aspirations. Nearly a decade later, our staff, board, and volunteers, continue to dream big and toil hard to provide that and bring our vision for a community that is vibrant, diverse, and compassionate into reality.

It is hard to believe how much we’ve grown. Our membership stands at over 450 groups and individuals, and we serve nearly 1000 more. We continue to widen our vista, sharing the alchemy of our nonprofit members who manage to weave straw into gold for the greater good. And...our mission, to serve the sector’s quest for excellence through education, consultation, and network advocacy is stronger than ever.

As we move boldly into the future, we will continue to bring our passion to helping you strive for your excellence. 

Thanks for visiting us!


Gregory Nielsen
Chief Executive Officer
Center for Nonprofit Excellence


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