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Our Mission:

To build the power of New Jersey’s non-profit community to improve the quality of life for the people of our state.

Recent Accomplishments

2015-2017 Strategic Plan

Make a sound investment in your organization

Become a Member!


Make a sound investment in New Jersey's non-profits


Our Programs

Become a Member! “You are the best in the business!”
-- Steven G. Liga, Executive Director, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Middlesex County

The Center for Non-Profits is New Jersey’s state association of non-profits. For more than 30 years since our founding in 1982, the Center remains New Jersey's only umbrella organization for all charities in the state.

Through advocacy, management assistance and cost-saving programs, the Center provides non-profits with knowledge, insights and tools so they can pursue their missions more effectively. The Center strengthens non-profits, individually and collectively, by:

Championing and Protecting

the non-profit community as an essential part of the social and economic well-being of New Jersey and its residents.
  • The most comprehensive information about New Jersey non-profits
  • Advocating for non-profits in Trenton and Washington
  • Communicating the value of non-profits through research and public education
  • Uniting our state's non-profits around common goals
Center staff with Congressman Leonard Lance
Center staff with Congressman Leonard Lance (7th Congressional District) in Washington, DC (2014)
NJ START briefing 2014

Advancing Knowledge

and promoting best practices to foster effective, ethical organizations in furtherance of the public good.
  • High quality management and compliance information
  • Expert phone and email consultation - priority access for members!
  • Timely online and email news and articles
  • Affordable workshops and webinars on the topics nonprofits need
  • Customized training and coaching
  • Non-Profit Central – a comprehensive online clearinghouse, resource directory, documents, job postings, events (Coming soon!)
New Jersey START briefing, June 2014
Making Connectons at the Center's Conference (photo by Jason Gardner)

Convening and Fostering Connections

between and among non-profit organizations, their champions, and partners in government and for-profit business, in order to enhance collective strength.
  • Annual New Jersey Non-Profit Conference
  • Issue briefings/town halls/local or regional strategic convenings around common issues
  • Issue-specific task forces
Making connections at the Center's annual conference (photo by Jason Gardner)
Susan Merrill O'Connor

Helping Non-Profits Stretch Scarce Resources

  • Cost-saving programs: insurance, unemployment trust, merchant services, payroll, and more
  • Discounts on workshops and publications for members - usually 30% or more
  • Leveraging non-profits' dollars by serving as the first-stop resource for a wide range of information, services and referrals
Communications Specialist
Susan Merrill O'Connor

As a Center Member, you can tap into

valuable member benefits


strengthen the voice

of the non-profit community.

Want more information? Contact us.