About Us

The National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise brings ideas from economics and strategic management to the specific application of issues faced by social purpose organizations across the board, especially not-for- profit organizations.

Mission & Vision

NCNE was founded in 1998 to “help nonprofit organizations make wise economic decisions.” Since that time, the center has produced several important books, convened three major conferences, and provided general consultation and training programs in partnership with a number of university nonprofit centers and national organizations, including the Foundation Center, Georgetown University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Given the economic challenges faced by nonprofit organizations stemming from long term economic and social developments, such as the slowing of charitable giving, government retrenchments and stock market gyrations, as well as the lingering effects of the great recession of 2008-2009, NCNE’s mission is now more important than ever. The prospective constituencies for NCNE’s work has greatly expanded given the diversity of nongovernmental organizational forms emerging to address social problems, including social enterprises, social cooperatives, social purpose businesses, and public-private partnerships. In all these cases, enterprises struggle to address important social goals in a manner that is economically sustainable in the marketplace.

Over its history, NCNE, while organized as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has from time to time located itself within supportive university-based venues including George Mason University, the Virginia Institute of Technology, and Cleveland State University, and has built strong partnerships with expert faculty from a wide range of other universities including Case Western Reserve, George Washington University, the University of Pittsburgh, Georgia State University, Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Georgetown University, Baruch College, and the University of Southern California. Now, in 2018, NCNE has been invited to relocate to the United Way of Greater Cleveland, which provides support to 128 local programs that benefit the health, education, financial stability and general well-being of those that need it most in the Greater Cleveland area. The opportunity to relocate offers NCNE the chance to revitalize its capacity and programs to address the economic challenges of social purpose organizations in the 21st century on a national and international level, as well as mobilizing a special capacity to assist organizations in the robust social sector of Northern Ohio.

We look forward to this special opportunity to serve the nonprofit and social purpose community of Northern Ohio, the nation, and the world, in a fresh and vigorous manner in the coming months and years.