Who We Are


We are a collective of Black nonprofit leaders in Philadelphia, dedicated to enriching our leadership, enhancing our resources, and amplifying our ability to support residents and organizations thrive, thereby contributing to a flourishing city and region. 

At the heart of our mission is a simple yet profound principle: supporting Black-led organizations and leadership benefits everyone. Our focus is on skill development, leadership enhancement, and nurturing community and culture. In pursuit of these objectives, we actively engage in:

  • Activating trust-based philanthropy
  • Cultivating culture, building professional and personal skills, and catalyzing collective impact
  • Centering well-being, encompassing both individual and communal care

Collectively, our initiatives span across every neighborhood, providing a wide array of services. These endeavors serve as a catalyst for improving overall well-being, enhancing quality of life, and fostering prosperity in Philadelphia.

Our Mission

BNCEP’s mission is to cultivate supportive networks for Black nonprofit leaders and   Black-led organizations and increase the level of support they receive from the philanthropic community.

Our Vision

BNCEP envisions a nonprofit community where Black leaders are trusted, sought out as experts, and receive equitable funding.


On June 26th, 2020, the Black Nonprofit Chief Executives of Philadelphia (BNCEP) was formed amidst COVID 19 and the aftermath of the George Floyd murder. An affirming and supportive space was needed for Black nonprofit leaders to unpack and process the changing racial climate and its impact on our personal and professional lives. In addition, Black nonprofit leaders felt a need to offer support to one another during a difficult time. Our first meeting was virtual and included 24 attendees via a Zoom call. Since that time, the group has conducted monthly virtual meetings and gradually evolved into a viable affinity group for Black nonprofit leaders. Since July, 2022 culturally competent executive coaching; several events that connected Black nonprofit leaders to regional funders to close the social access gap; and a summer, fall, and spring leadership academy have been offered to BNCEP leaders. Membership has swelled to over 200 members and future activities to support Black nonprofit leaders have extended to sabbaticals and emotional restoration retreat. BNCEP remains a supportive space and its value proposition for members is its ability to be a viable learning community and affinity group for Black nonprofit leaders.


Black Nonprofit Chief Executives of Philadelphia

Our values guide our approach to relationship and community building, the execution of our tasks, and driving essential needed change in the nonprofit sector.


BNCEP Fast Facts & Figures

BNCEP comprises a diverse assembly of Black nonprofit leaders, philanthropic entities, corporations, and elected officials, fostering relationships, advancing leadership, championing equity, and working towards building a thriving city and region for all.




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Support Us

Help us continue our mission to provide supportive opportunities for Black nonprofit leaders and Black-led organizations.

Whether through donations, joining as a member or partner, or spreading the word, your support is vital in advancing our mission. Join us in making a meaningful difference today.


Frequently Asked Questions

BNCEP envisions a nonprofit community where Black leaders are trusted, sought out as experts, and receive equitable funding

Membership is free, for now. Eventually, there may be a membership fee. Join now while it's free!

No. You must be an Executive Director, or Chief Executive of a nonprofit organization in the Greater Philadelphia area AND a member of the African Diaspora.

We are currently serving EDs in Philadelphia and surrounding counties in PA only. However, you can send us a message via the Contact Us page to be included for future programming.

Yes, if you are part of the African Diaspora, you can become a member.

Many of our members have joined as a result of a referral. While we rely on current members to refer others, you do not need to be referred by another member to join.

We ask that our members are active by attending many of the events and programs. For details on the commitment for the different memberships, visit our Membership Page.