Center for Nonprofit Management Programs

Executive Nonprofit Management and Leadership Programs

Like their private sector counterparts, nonprofit organization executives face unprecedented challenges in this highly competitive, complex and interconnected world. Kellogg offers a full suite of executive education programs that address these challenges from a distinctly nonprofit management and leadership oriented point of view.

Led by top Kellogg faculty and infused with practical insights from leading practitioners, these nonprofit management and leadership programs address wide-ranging issues from finance, marketing, fund raising and talent management to leading innovation and instilling a strategic, cross-disciplinary mindset organization wide.

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Building Operational Effectiveness: Strengthening Your Nonprofit for Success

Designed for the frontline leaders of nonprofits, especially those in multi-functional roles, this highly interactive program provides a foundation for organizational and management topics. You gain practical knowledge and insight regarding operational topics by engaging with faculty experts and your peers.


Collective Impact: Strategies and Solutions for Community Change

For leaders of collective impact initiatives, where cross-sector collaboration is key to community change, this practical program addresses the skills required for success from strategy, community engagement and facilitation to evaluation and data-driven decision making.


Courageous Leadership: Driving Future Growth in Nonprofits

Will the leaders of today be able to prepare their organizations to meet the social and leadership challenges of the future? This program is designed for leaders seeking best practices to guide their organizations toward future success, whether it’s through embracing design thinking, practicing focused leadership practice and/or implementing innovative strategies.


Effective Nonprofit Governance – Trust, Ethics and Accountability

This one-day program, specially designed to fit your schedule, explores the relationships amongst and the best practices for the executive-level nonprofit leaders and for the board members serving these nonprofits. Through this platform of collaboration and open discussions, participants will actively engage in a discussion related to trust, ethics and accountability – topics highly relevant and key to successful nonprofit board governance.


Effective School Leadership

This innovative, newly designed program is designed to help school leaders develop the skills they need to address challenges from internal and external stakeholders, while strengthening their own educational leadership skills.


Faith & Leadership Week

This cutting-edge, non-denominational program offers faith leaders the rare opportunity to learn — and practice — the leadership and management skills they need to address the myriad of challenges facing the faith-based organizations they serve today.


Fundraising & Marketing: Building Nonprofit Capacity

This program is designed to encourage the thought processes & the psychology behind consistent, creative and effective fund generation techniques for all scales and types of nonprofit organizations. The participants will work collaboratively to thoughtfully assess their own fundraising practices and discover which techniques work best.


Fundraising for School Leaders

For principals, development officers and other education-based leaders charged with school fundraising, this practical program offers concrete solutions for communicating compelling messages, moving volunteers and donors to action and ultimately optimizing the learning experience for your students.


Leadership and Management in Core Facilities

This hands-on exploration of the unique challenges of leading a university core facility or research hospital will enhance your business and management skills and give you practical experience in applying them to a project specific to your organization.


Leading Innovation in Nonprofit Organizations

The word "innovation" elicits images of high-tech contraptions and digitized everything. However, innovation is also about organizational design, creative & blended processes and exploring new applications of existing systems. This program will focus on how leaders infuse and sustain an innovation mindset into their organizations.


Leveraging Digital Networks for Communicating Social Change

Digital social networks allow nonprofits to get closer to their stakeholders than ever before. These networks allow organizations to reach donors more quickly, communicate in a crisis and build their brands. In this program, participants will learn how to use these networks to support their missions and further their strategic goals.


Major Gift Solicitation Strategies

This highly interactive learning experience explores the essentials of designing and leading a successful major gift fundraising strategy and how to apply the science of persuasion and the art of storytelling as part of your major gift solicitation efforts.


Nonprofit Finance

Deepen your knowledge of nonprofit finance and broaden your understanding of your organization's financial picture. Improve your ability to analyze financial statements, spot trends, identify cost containment opportunities and foresee the implications of your financial management decisions.


Nonprofit Finance II

This program will help senior nonprofit executives gain a deeper understanding of the intersection of financial management and organizational mission. Participants will have an opportunity to better understand how long-term financial plans are developed and evaluated. This program will also look at the nonprofit’s capital structure, capital budgeting practices, and the investment of organizational assets.


Strategic Leadership

This program focuses on new ways to think strategically about one's own leadership style, issues and challenges. Participants will also look at how to maximize your own performance while engaging and inspiring others by communicating a sense of purpose, value and vision.


Strategies for Nonprofit Human Capital Design & Team Development

As a leader on the cusp of a continuously changing workforce, you, too, need to rethink your nonprofit human capital recruitment strategy. Kellogg has designed this program focused specifically on the capabilities, skills and insights you need for recruiting, retaining and motivating a diverse and effective workforce.


Strengthening Your Mission: Building Your Brand

As a nonprofit leader when you define your mission to the board members, donors and other stakeholders, you are defining your brand. This program will engage nonprofit leaders to actively think about their mission in the context of a nonprofit brand strategy.

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