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How do I complete a CNM certificate?

You complete a CNM certificate by attending the required core and elective workshops. You can select any CNM workshop to complete your certificate.

Workshop & Elective Requirements:

  • Board Fundamentals (4 Core Workshops / 0 Electives)
  • Volunteer Program Management (3 Core Workshops / 1 Elective)*
  • Community Impact (on hold for 2023)
  • Program Leader (3 Core Workshops / 2 Electives)*
  • Revenue Development & Fundraising  (3 Core Workshops / 2 Electives)*

*For certificates that offer group coaching sessions, attendance at a group coaching session can
take the place of one required elective*

What if I just want to sign up for the core classes, and not any of the elective courses?

You can sign up for just the core workshops; however, you will not receive a certificate unless the required elective workshops are also completed (except the Board Fundamentals Certificate, which does not require electives).

I want to sign up for the certificate, but one of the core workshop dates does not work for me. What do I do?

Although all sessions of CNM certificates are important, you are allowed to miss attendance at one core workshop and still be eligible to complete the certificate by working with your certificate facilitator to make up the missed material.

Certificate candidates who miss more than one core workshop can make up missed sessions by
taking them when they are offered again within a two-year period.

Can I sign up for more than one certificate at a time?

Participants may sign up for as many certificates as they would like. You cannot use the same elective workshop towards the elective requirement for more than one certificate.

Can the courses I took prior to starting my certificate core workshops count towards my certificate?

Courses taken in the year prior to the start of a certificate core program may be counted as an elective for a certificate.

How long do I have to complete the certificate?

Certificates must be completed within two years of the first core workshop taken. If the certificate is not completed within two years, then you will not be eligible for the certificate.

Salute to Excellence

What is Salute to Excellence?

In its 29th year, CNM’s ‘Salute to Excellence’ has been a cornerstone event in Middle Tennessee, celebrating nonprofit leadership, impact, and innovation. Over the years, the event has honored more than 600 nonprofit organizations and awarded over $3.5 million to exemplary organizations and their leadership.

As the nation’s largest nonprofit award ceremony, this year’s event featured 34 finalists in 12 award categories of excellence. The finalist organizations are comprised of nonprofits large and small in diverse service areas supporting communities across Middle Tennessee. Winning organizations will receive cash prizes in amounts collectively totaling more than $250,000 and recognition for their accomplishments in serving the Middle Tennessee community.

How do I join as a Salute to Excellence event sponsor?

Local nonprofits bring exceptional grit and resolve to the table, making incredible strides toward social change. We celebrate with great pride and gratitude for their countless achievements throughout this past year. We invite you to join local nonprofit leaders and community influencers by partnering with CNM as a future ‘Salute to Excellence’ event sponsor.

As a CNM partner, your funding will support nonprofit strategic growth, capacity building, and sustain CNM’s strength as the social sector’s hub and thought leader. Connect with our Director of Development & Marketing, Kara Duke, to explore upcomming Salute Event Sponsor Opportunities.


What are the benefits of a CNM membership?

At CNM, your mission is our mission. Our job is to help you strengthen your organization and meet your goals. Being a member of CNM means being connected to a network of over 800 nonprofit organizations in Middle Tennessee, and members receive exclusive access to events and discounts on an array of services.

Membership with CNM can help your organization grow, develop, save money, and so much more. Explore our array of member benefits here.

How do I access my account?

CNM launched a new website and database in December 2019. Existing CNM account holders are required to reset their passwords to login to the new website. If you are an existing account holder, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Proceed to and hit the Forgot Password? link.
  2. Type the email address associated with your old account and hit Get New Password.
    • If you get an error message, you have either used the incorrect email address or you need to create a new account on this page.
  3. Check your inbox for a password recovery email. If you do not see a password recovery email, check your junk folder.
  4. Follow the link in the recovery email and proceed to your user dashboard. From there you can manage your contact information, post a job, renew your membership, and view your records.

If  you are new to CNM’s website, please begin by creating an account on this page.