History + Mission

Our Story


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

Back then, it was clear that the Greater Louisville region of nonprofits was missing a central point to access information, best practices, professional development, and hands-on consultation geared towards helping our sector reach its individual and collective aspirations.

Two decades later, we are proud to be the go-to resource for Greater Louisville’s nonprofit community.

Our membership stands at over 500 groups and individuals, and we serve over a thousand more folks in the community. As we move boldly into the future, we’ll continue to bring our passion for helping you to the table. Ultimately, we were founded to bring excellence to Louisville’s nonprofits by bringing them together. We’re proud to continue this work with you every day.


Co-creating a vibrant, exemplary nonprofit community in Greater Louisville through collaboration, shared learning, advocacy, and the promotion of innovation and excellence.