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 eleven three-hour sessions. The sessions will be held once a month during the academic year, 3:00pm to 6:30pm. The next cohort will begin in the Fall 2019: 9/23/19; 10/7/19; 11/4/19; 12/2/19; 1/6/20 (snow date 1/13/20); 2/3/20 (snow date 2/10/20); 3/2/20 (snow date 3/9/20); 4/6/20; 5/4/20; 6/1/20; 6/15/20. 

The themes and topics for each session include:

 

 

  • Session 1 : The Big Pictureplus or minus

    •         Welcome and Introduction Presentations
    •         Program Overview / Guidelines
    •         Cohort 1 Panel - Q&A
    •         Self Assessments/Organizational Assessment
  • Session 2: The Big Picture (Part 2)plus or minus

    • Introduction Presentations (Part 2)
    • Personal Leadership Challenge Overview
    • Organizational Challenge / Capstone Project Overview
    • Peer Group Introductions
  • Session 3: Leadership & Professional Growth – Part 1: Leadership Stylesplus or minus

    • Personal Leadership Style assessment
    • Case studies
    • Effective Supervision & Personnel Management
  • Session 4: Leadership & Professional Growth – Part 2: Resiliencyplus or minus

    • Resilient Leadership
    • Balancing Self, Family, and Work
    • Keys to Personal Sustainability
  • Session 5: Leadership & Professional Growth – Part 3: Ethics and Decision-Makingplus or minus

    • Personal and Organizational Ethics
    • Organizational Culture
    • Effective Decision-Making
    • Avoiding the “Fraud Mindset”
  • Session 6: Financial Management & Nonprofit Legal Overview plus or minus

    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Form 990 Overview
    • Financial Risk Management
  • Session 7: Resource Development & Organizational Sustainabilityplus or minus

    • Social Enterprise Models
    • Effective Fundraising
    • Building Organizational Assets
  • Session 8: Effective Nonprofit Boards: Governance as Leadershipplus or minus

    • Models of Board Governance
    • Excellence in Governance
    • Diversity & Inclusion on the Board
  • Session 9: Crisis Management, Marketing and Brandingplus or minus

    • Reputational Risk Management
    • Branding Tips
    • Managing a Crisis
  • Session 10: C-Suite Bootcamp: Preparing for CEO Leadershipplus or minus

    • CEO Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned
  • Session 11: Final Project Presentations & Closing Ceremony plus or minus

    • Capstone Paper Presentations
    • Certificate Ceremony
    • Invite Employer