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Innovation in Nonprofit Organizations

Breakthrough Ideas for Nonprofits

This executive education program will explore the concepts of innovation and social entrepreneurship and what these new ideas mean for individual organizations and the nonprofit sector as a whole.

The program will begin by looking at the topic of innovation and creativity and how nonprofit leaders can begin to think differently about fulfilling the mission of their organizations.  Participants will start to think about the design process for new ideas and learn tools for prototyping, which allow nonprofit leaders to make quick decisions about the potential success or failure of new ideas. The program will then shift to the topic of leadership in these types of organizations – what skills the leader must have, how to build a strong team, and how to motivate the team in this high risk and highly entrepreneurial environment

Upcoming Sessions

  • Apply Online
    October 26-27, 2016
  • Apply Online
    October 25-26, 2017
This seminar is designed for managers, senior executives, and board members of nonprofit organizations who wish to improve their leadership, particularly in the context of initiating and driving innovation strategies in their organizations.
During this course, you will:

  1. Explore the theory of innovation in organizations and make direct applications to the culture and strategies of the nonprofit organization
  2. Learn new concepts around the idea of prototyping in order to design small experiments that test new ideas for your organization
  3. Identify key leadership traits necessary for leading in a highly innovative and high-risk environment; look at personal leadership traits as they relate to a culture of innovation

Achieving Strategic Innovation

  1. Understand the definition of business innovation: creation of substantial or radical new value for stakeholders and the organization by dramatically changing one or more dimensions of the existing service delivery system
  2. Identify tools and tactics that will help participants implement, benchmark, and manage innovation strategies at the team and organizational level
  3. Understand the primary impediments to innovation within an organization
  4. Participants will look at a case study of a nonprofit organization that faced incredible challenges but through inspirational leadership and mission focus was able to implement game-changing innovation strategies

Leading Breakthrough Ideas through Small Experimentations
When the stakes are high, how do you design small experiments that quickly get you breakthrough ideas? These sessions will radically improve your ability to design small experiments that get you the answer you need while minimizing precious resources of cost and time.

  1. Learn a method for designing clear, compelling experiments to test challenges in any organizational setting
  2. Use prototyping techniques to strengthen your problem-solving ability and reduce time between questions and answers
  3. Engage your team in evidence-based problem solving

Innovative Leader as Learner

  1. Understand how “crucible” experiences impact leadership
  2. Reflect upon individual leadership lessons
  3. Consider the importance of “Grit” to innovative and entrepreneurial environments
  4. Discuss and design strategies for leading in an innovative organization – one that must promote experimentation, risks, and tolerate intelligent failure
Liz Gerber - Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Junior Professor of Design, McCormick School of Engineering

Brooke Vuckovic - Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership Coaching

Robert Wolcott - Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network

Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall

Kellogg Conference Center
340 East Superior Street
Maps and Directions

Programs typically start promptly at 8:30 am and end by 5:00 pm each day. Once you have registered and paid for a program, you will receive a detailed schedule which includes daily start/end times, session titles, and faculty names.

Program Fees
All two and three-day programs cost $950.00 each. Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations.

Application Deadline
The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.

Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.
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Cancellation Policy:
Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend.  Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund.  Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.  

 *Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation.  Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option.  The participant must continue with the rollover process.

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