Center for Nonprofit Management Programs

Center for Nonprofit Management

Education and inspiration to advance your mission

The Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management educates and inspires nonprofit leaders, empowering them to maximize organizational outcomes and drive social impact. Designed specifically for nonprofit executives and board members, our university-based non-degree programs provide rigorous and relevant tools and strategies for transformative leadership.

Our programs focus on developing the capacity of senior leaders of nonprofit organizations, regardless of size or mission. Whether you’re facing fundraising obstacles, interested in broadening your impact, or in improving your team’s leadership skills, you’ll find a program to support your individual and organizational growth.

In each program, you'll learn from the Kellogg School's faculty and leading nonprofit sector experts; you'll be side-by-side with other nonprofit executives; and you will return to your organization ready to apply your learning to make a lasting impact on the people and communities you serve.

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Fundraising & Marketing



Advanced Fundraising: Accelerating your Development Strategy

Now more than ever, nonprofit organizations need their development strategies to be well structured, creative and data-driven. Nonprofit organizations not only need an understanding of the donor market, stakeholders and fundraising strategy, but also a strong infrastructure to drive fundraising decisions. Learn how to assess your current fundraising systems, communicate your philanthropic value and leverage data for strategic fundraising. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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Fundraising & Marketing: Building Nonprofit Capacity

This program is designed to encourage the psychology and thought processes that drive 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. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 21 Points in category 1.B


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Fundraising for School Leaders

For principals, development officers and other education-based leaders charged with school fundraising, this practical program offers a mix of strategic positioning and marketing paired with practical and proven approaches to creating dynamic development plans to enhance your annual fundraising efforts. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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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. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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Building Your Brand: Strengthening Your Mission

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 the frameworks of brand strategy. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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Leadership & Strategy



Effective Nonprofit Governance

This half-day retreat-style 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.


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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.


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Leading Change in Nonprofits

Will the leaders of today be able to prepare their organizations to meet the social and leadership challenges of a world in transition? This program is designed to prepare nonprofit leaders to understand, lead and manage change initiatives to transform their organizations. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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Leading Innovation in Nonprofits

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.


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Step Into Impact

Learn how to drive impact by applying your private sector skills to the nonprofit world. This program will help leaders looking to make a career change or deepen their understanding of social impact.


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Strategic Leadership: Leading the Self

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. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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Competitive Nonprofit: Strategizing to Stay Ahead

Assess your organization's competitive positioning in the nonprofit sector and learn how to create and sustain a competitive advantage in this program. You'll focus on three key components of nonprofit organizational success: market strategy, competitive analysis and implementation.


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Operations & Finance



Building Organizational Effectiveness: Strengthening Your Nonprofit

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 effectiveness and the organizational structure which best suits the internal efficacies, by engaging with faculty experts and your peers.


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Financial Tools for Strengthening Your Organization

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. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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Nonprofit Finance: Toolkit for Leaders

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. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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Talent Recruitment & Development



Developing High Performing People

Explore how strong leaders develop and retain high-performing people committed to their organizations' missions. In a self-managed world, how do leaders empower employees, build trust and give feedback? Learn how to motivate and energize people to achieve greater individual and collective success.Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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Strategies for Nonprofit Human Capital Design

As a leader on the cusp of a continuously changing workforce, you, too, need to rethink your nonprofit human capital recruitment strategy. This program is designed to focus on the capabilities, skills and insights you need for to understand how to design jobs that fit your organization, recruiting the right candidates and hiring a diverse and effective workforce.


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School Leadership



Building Leadership Capacity: Foundations for Strong Schools

Develop tools to increase the leadership and organizational capacity at your school. Join Kellogg and Northwestern faculty who will share best practice leadership and management strategies in a school environment. Participants will learn how to instill critical leadership attributes in an increasingly complex environment, practices for developing a team that can help to achieve the vision and mission of your school, and how to implement sustainable frameworks for ongoing organizational success.


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Fundraising for School Leaders

For principals, development officers and other education-based leaders charged with school fundraising, this practical program offers a mix of strategic positioning and marketing paired with practical and proven approaches to creating dynamic development plans to enhance your annual fundraising efforts. Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential – 14 Points in category 1.B


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Leadership Strategies for Successful Schools

Learn an array of strategies that will take your personal leadership to the next level in your school environment. Topics such as generating better ideas, strategic leadership communications and effective motivation strategies empower participants to walk away with actionable plans to maximize their leadership impact across students, staff and communities.


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University Partnership Programs



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.


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Leadership, Management and Fiscal Strategies for Clinical Investigators

For clinical investigators and administrative staff in clinical labs, this program offers a strong foundation of business concepts from finance and fundraising to organizational culture, strategic time management and influence strategies. Kellogg faculty will share principles of building collaborative teams and how to leverage personal leadership strengths. Participants will then have the chance to apply the learnings to their own situations.


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Earn an Executive Scholar Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Focus your learning and be recognized for your commitment with a Certificate of Professional Achievement as well as lifelong Kellogg Executive Education alumni benefits.

What Participants Say

I have found all of the Center for Nonprofit Management programs to be outstanding! The quality of the professors and presentations are always top notch and very professional. They are truly experts in the field. The programs are also structured in a way that you get what you came for - very insightful and practical at the same time.

Kellogg's programs really do bring leaders of inspirational organizations together to learn from the best professors out there. As a nonprofit leader there aren't many professional development opportunities tailored to our field that are of such a high quality and value. I've attended three courses so far and am looking forward to planning the next.

For me, this was an opportunity to step away from my daily work and focus on improving an important skill set in my work. The materials and teaching were excellent, and the opportunity to learn with a diverse group of non-profit leaders greatly enhanced my experience. The course itself was a nice mix of theory and explanation with real, practical applications to our own organization.

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