CNE gets $10,000 grant from Neighborworks America

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) announced Friday that it received a $10,000 grant from NeighborWorks America.

It’s in recognition of its work in its Excellence in Governance program.

CNE participated in the 18-month training that is designed to build a stronger and more effective board of directors with an emphasis on improving community-level outcomes.

Organizers say, in short, the program is designed to move organizations and their boards from “good to great.”

CNE’s Board of Directors created a Leadership Team to participate in the training.

The team then worked with the full board to implement the recommendations and tools from the trainings designed to create board excellence.

CNE’s team included John Bridger, Marco Perez, John Bilderback, Ricardo Morris, Ralph Woodard, and CNE President and CEO Martina Guilfoil.

CNE was one of only 16 nonprofits from across the county chosen to participate in this round of the NeighborWorks Excellence in Governance program, which launched in 2011.

The team was coached for 18 months by Sara Orozco, an independent consultant with extensive experience in community development and board governance.

The training required the board to create a performance challenge designed to improve how the board functions in its governance role and thus improve organizational outcomes.

NeighborWorks America is one of the nation’s largest community development grant makers and is the largest trainer of nonprofit community development nonprofits in the country.

The NeighborWorks grant will be used to further the board’s work in achieving excellence.

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