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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 Elizabeth Neher.

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 a variety of free benefits, including: financial coaching, legal help, face-to-face & telehealth counseling, parenting resources and much more. If you or your organization is interested, please click “register today” below.

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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.

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Elizabeth Neher

Elizabeth A. Neher, CFRE is the Senior Manager of Learning and Impact at CNE supporting strategic partnership programs and services in Fauquier, Rappahannock, and Culpeper counties. She is a passionate relationship builder focused on the fulfillment of CNE’s vision of equitable, thriving, and just communities powered by healthy nonprofits.

She brings over 10 years of fundraising, nonprofit leadership development, coaching, and strategic planning experience to her training and consulting with nonprofits. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in English from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She loves creating art of all kinds, traveling, hiking, gardening, and caring for her chickens, goats, and two dogs on the mini-farm that she and her husband call home in Amissville, VA. Contact Elizabeth at 540-680-4147 or at

Danielle Brooks

Danielle is CNE’s Director of Learning and Impact.  She joined the organization in 2020 and has 20+ years of leadership experience in both the federal government and nonprofit sectors. She earned her B.A. in Communications from Saint Augustine’s University and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from American Intercontinental University. She is a member of Leadership Fauquier’s class of 2019 and she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time outdoors.  Contact Danielle at 540-680-4149 or at

Cindy Colson

Cindy Colson

Cindy Colson, Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships 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