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Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE)

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) is a nonprofit resource center across central Virginia dedicated to helping nonprofits succeed.

At their PATH Resource Center office, CNE offers tools, training, consulting and resources to nonprofit boards, staff and key volunteers serving Fauquier, Rappahannock, and Culpeper counties.


A strategic partnership between the PATH Foundation and CNE was developed after community stakeholders saw a clear need for community investment in the business, professional development, and people within the nonprofit sector.

Topics covered by workshops and training include governance, philanthropy, marketing, finance, strategic engagement and partnerships, and community engagement. CNE also offers resources for volunteer recruitment and management, based on a recent PATH Foundation study of volunteer needs in the community.

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The PATH Resource Center provides free public access to the Foundation Center, an online database of over 12 million grants. With the database, nonprofits can find detailed information on grantmakers who fund in specific geographic areas, focus areas, and populations. During the COVID-19 epidemic, the Foundation Center is temporarily providing online access to this database. If you have any questions, please email Danielle Brooks.

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Monday through Friday
10 am – 4 pm


321 Walker Drive, Suite 201
Warrenton, VA 20186

Employee Assistance Program 

EAP is a free service for employees of nonprofits in Fauquier, Culpeper and Rappahannock County to receive assistance with a variety of needs, including counseling, wellness coaching and more. If you or your organization is interested, please click “register today” below.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Requested Resources

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2021 Education Programs

Registration is required for all training. Program attendance is complimentary for board, staff and volunteers of organizations operating within the PATH service area (Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties). For participants from other organizations, a $25 charge applies.

PATH Resource Center Staff

Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks joined CNE in 2020 after her most recent position as the Executive Director of the Fauquier Family Shelter Services, Inc. As PATH Resource Center Manager, she works with nonprofits in the Culpeper, Fauquier, and Rappahannock area to help them reach their full mission potential.  Danielle brings over 20 years of management experience with a focus in human resources, as both an Army Officer and senior federal civil service employee with the Department of Defense. She received a BA in Communications from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is a member of Leadership Fauquier’s class of 2019. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time outdoors—beach, woods, or mountains: she loves them all. Contact Danielle at 540-680-4149 or at

Cindy Colson

Cindy Colson

Cindy Colson, Senior Director of Programs for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, has 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked on building strong collaborations with more than 65 nonprofits to develop programs and initiatives to address community needs. Ms. Colson earned her BIS from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington. She enjoys reading nonfiction books, cycling, and kayaking. Ms. Colson lives in Culpeper with her husband and three cats. Contact Cindy at 434-951-9044 or