About the Center

Center Office in St Paul
Who We Are
Co-founded by its current executive director, Barbara Raye, in 1999, the Center for Policy, Planning, and Performance is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization which provides consulting and management services to progressive nonprofit and governmental organizations. Our team consists of a network of consultants and trainers who together represent a broad range of management and governance expertise and experience in the nonprofit, public, and governmental sectors.




What We Do
In a nutshell, the Center provides consulting and training services as a way to help nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies make a positive difference in the lives of people and their communities. More specifically we provide capacity building, policy development, strategic planning, process consultation, reflective evaluation, and other like services to our clients. We also run a number of self-administered programs in the areas of social justice, community capacity building, and international development, and restorative justice mediation (among others).

Who We Serve
We serve nonprofit and governmental organizations engaged in the areas of social justice, human service, advocacy and nonviolence, citizen engagement, local and national government, education, environmental protection, religion, and other progressive services and missions.

The Center's overarching interest is social justice which it defines to be a community or society that has no disparity of access, opportunity, or outcome as a result of gender, race, economic status, or other classifications of people who have historically been marginalized or disenfranchised. If you are a change agent or you represent an organization or agency committed to the ethical use of power to improve our families, organizations, and communities, then your mission is the Center's mission.

The Benefits We Provide
In a word, outcomes. Through our services we improve the ability of our clients to fulfill their mission in a way that is measurable and demonstrable. And we are able to do this within the unique political, economic, cultural, and systemic constraints of the nonprofit and government sectors.

For more information about us, visit the links on the left (or the ones we highlight below). And be sure to read, "From the Director," an open letter from our Executive Director, Barbara Raye, in which she brings you up to date on the latest Center news and plans. Thank you for visiting our site and we invite you to visit again soon.


The Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated and based in the state of Minnesota with offices also in Kenya and an affiliate organization in Romania.