Program Format

Each participant will be required to submit a capstone research paper and make an executive summary presentation focused on identifying, researching, and formulating an action plan to address a current issue or opportunity facing his/her nonprofit organization. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate.

The program will consist of eight four-hour sessions. The sessions will be held during each academic year on alternating Fridays. The next cohort will begin in the Spring 2017 (target dates: 2/17, 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19). The themes and topics for each session include:

  • Session 1 : The Big Pictureplus or minus

    • Overview of the Nonprofit Sector
    • Public Policy
    • Community Need
    • Stakeholder Approach
    • Mission & Values
    • Effective Governance
    • Strategic Plan/A Focus on Outcomes
    • Foundational Legal Considerations
    • Ethics: “Tone at the Top”
    • Capstone Paper Expectations and Rubric
    • Signing Nondisclosure Statement 
  • Session 2: Leadership, Management, and Governanceplus or minus

    • Leadership Styles
    • A Positive Environment 
    • Organizational Development 
    • Community and Partner Involvement 
    • Effective Supervision 
    • Personnel Legal Considerations  
  • Session 3: Marketing, Fundraising, Grants & Public Relations Iplus or minus

    • Creating an Entrepreneurial Mind-set
    • Marketing Approaches 
    • Essentials to Effective Fundraising 
    • Professional Paper/Outline of Capstone  
  • Session 4: Marketing, Fundraising, Grants & Public Relations II plus or minus

    • Grant Opportunities/Resources
    • Building a Trusted and Sustainable Public Image
    • Key Internal Performance Indicators and Ratings 
    • Current Development and Trends
  • Session 5: Reporting, Financial Management and Legal Requirements Iplus or minus

    • Internal Controls 
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Annual Plan and Operating Budgets 
    • Managing Working Capital
    • Risk Management
    • Negotiations
    • Ethics: "Avoiding the Fraud-Mindset"
    • Capstone Paper Updates  
  • Session 6: Reporting, Financial Management and Legal Requirements IIplus or minus

    • Community Needs Assessment 
    • Form 990
    • Executive Compensation 
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Risk Management 
    • Legal Requirements 
    • Capstone Paper Submission
  • Session: 7 Your Growth & Sustainabilityplus or minus

    • Self-Assessment, Reflection, Action
    • Balancing Self, Family, Work
    • Keys to Personal Sustainability
  • Session 8: Final Projects and Ceremony plus or minus

    • Capstone Paper Presentations 
    • Certificate Ceremony 
    • Invite Employer