Being a nonprofit leader is not just supervising employees; leading is managing change, balancing short-term and long-term goals, and communicating these goals effectively with both the board of directors and staff. The classes in this Certificate Program are designed to give participants insight into important key areas of leadership: governance, financial stability, mission impact, empowering others to succeed, and more.

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program is for professionals at a senior level, those who might pursue a CEO role, or anyone looking to be an influential leader in the nonprofit sector. This track of classes is not intended for beginners, but rather for those in mid-level positions seeking leadership roles, or for current leaders looking to sharpen and hone their skills.

Required: six core workshops and two electives

Enroll in these classes on our Workshop Calendar.

Recommended prerequisite workshop:

Core classes (choose six):

  • Developing a Dynamic Board: The Key to Nonprofit Effectiveness (August 17)
  • Empowering Your Board: The Importance of Fundraising (June 7)
  • Managing a Nonprofit: Roles and Accountabilities of the Chief Executive (October 19)
  • Change Management: Preparing for the Future (June 22)
  • Developing a Strategic Plan that Sticks (May 23 - look for additional date in 2018)
  • Overcoming Conflict: Harnessing EQ to Build Relationships & Improve Outcomes (August 23)
  • Nonprofit Accounting: A Focus on Internal Controls (October 11)
  • The Storytelling Leader (TBA)

Electives (choose two):

  • Basics of Program Evaluation (January 18 - look for additional date in 2018)
  • Major Gifts (April 6 - look for additional date in 2018)
  • Dashboards: Visual Snapshots into Your Organization (April 18 - look for additional date in 2018)
  • How to Engage Your Board (July 25)
  • Recruiting, Engaging and Retaining Multi-Cultural Talent (March 30 - look for additional date in 2018)
  • Investing in People: Performance Management & Evaluation (July 24, & December 5)

Use our Workshop Calendar to register for classes in the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program.

Email Education Manager Callie Elliott at to enroll in the program.