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Community Impact Certificate

The Community Impact certificate is designed for community leaders who are interested in amplifying the impact of their mission by mobilizing their community for population- and systems-level changes. This includes the use of the collective impact framework as well as community organizing and policy or electoral advocacy movements that seek to “move the needle” on complex issues. During the learning experience participants will have the opportunity to learn how to cause real change that improves lives, be a part of a problem-solving, peer network that is dedicated to connecting, sharing ideas, and creating a better future for others. One of the goals of this certificate is to finish this learning experience with motivation for action that will benefit the community for the greater good.  Whether you are new to the concept of systems change, or ready to start your own collaborative effort, this certificate will help you develop a strong foundation of skills, tools, and relationships toward making a bigger community impact.  

Your CI Certificate registration includes one hour of coaching with a facilitator who will support your development as a systems change expert. 

Core Classes


  • Community Impact: Part 1
  • Community Impact: Part 2
  • Community Impact: Part 3

Elective Classes

Three electives are required for this certificate. Electives include:

  • Advocacy for Nonprofit Leaders
  • Becoming an Inclusion Ambassador
  • Coaching Skills for Nonprofit Professionals
  • Community Engagement: Strategies for Implementation
  • Creating an Open and Affirming Culture of Care for LGBTQ+ Staff & Clients
  • Critical Cultural Competency
  • Dynamic Teaming and Managing Group Conflict
  • Equitable Evaluation
  • Equity & Inclusion through a Queer Lens
  • Ethics of Self-Care
  • Guiding Employees Through Organizational Change and Restructure
  • Introduction to Systemic Racism
  • Self-Care as a Priority and a Practice
  • Self-Care through Mindfulness
  • Storytelling with Data
  • TN State Budget
  • Understanding Identity and Unconscious Bias