The Center for Nonprofit Excellence Releases Principles & Practices Guide for New Mexico Nonprofits

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE) at United Way of Central New Mexico will announce the debut of the New Mexico Nonprofit Principles & Practices Guide and the Companion Workbook on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. These tools were developed by CNPE to help nonprofits determine what action is needed to propel their missions forward.

The first edition of the Guide was developed by CNPE with support from a 50-member Advisory Committee, the New Mexico Secretary of State, the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General and guidance from nonprofit associations and experts around the country.

“The Guide pays particular attention to legal compliance, transparency and accountability,” said Ed Rivera, President and CEO of United Way of Central New Mexico. “It was developed to help organizations of all sizes improve their operations and governance and to fine-tune strategic planning and evaluation processes.”

A free digital version of the Guide is made possible by Internet Essentials from Comcast. The Guide and Companion Workbook can also be purchased in hard copy. Both were designed to help nonprofits understand the foundation of a healthy and sustainable nonprofit in New Mexico so they can achieve their missions.

“We’re excited to share such comprehensive resources with New Mexico nonprofit organizations,” said Annie Sanchez, Director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. “The Guide offers standardized guidelines and actionable tools to support organizations with improving their operations and governance. Ultimately it will enhance the effectiveness of the New Mexico nonprofit sector which is vital to our state’s ability to support and provide for each and every resident.”

The Companion Workbook is a tool designed to help people work through the Guide so that they can determine where their organization stands in relation to the guiding principles, legally required practices and recommended standard practices, and support organizations in developing an action plan for improved operations and governance.

To further support the use of these tools, CNPE overhauled and aligned its online resource library and training program with the 12 guiding principles and best practices in the New Mexico Nonprofit Principles & Practices Guide.

A Spanish version of the Guide will be released in early 2019.

Starting in July, CNPE will be hosting information sessions about these tools in communities across the state including: Silver City, Clovis, Taos, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Sponsors of the Guide include Comcast, Albuquerque Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, Grant County Community Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Taos Community Foundation, United Way of Central New Mexico and United Way of Southwest New Mexico.

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a program of United Way of Central New Mexico. Its mission is to strengthen the capabilities and capacity of New Mexico nonprofits so they can more effectively meet their missions. Visit to learn more.

United Way of Central New Mexico, founded in 1934, serves a four-county region. UWCNM’s mission is to bring people and resources together to measurably improve lives and strengthen our communities. To learn more, visit or call 505-247-3671.

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