Reimagining Leadership and Management Education for Nonprofit Leaders

In this era of dramatic social and economic change, nonprofit leaders are being challenged as never before — and the need for leadership development has never been greater. To respond to our participants’ requests and adapt to this new environment, the Center for Nonprofit Management will offer a different kind of executive education experience this fall – live virtual programming that offers deep insight and real-time engagement with faculty and peers.

Our live virtual programs are purpose-built to deliver a world-class experience comparable to our in-person programs, with class sizes limited to provide a rich and personal learning environment. You’ll engage in real-time interaction with professors and peers online, immerse yourself in discussions around ideas and solutions, and acquire strategies and tools that you can immediately deploy to solve your most pressing challenges.


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Live Virtual Programs feature:

  • Live Virtual Learning – Delivered in our live stream classroom, with a limited number of participants to ensure maximum engagement
  • Top Kellogg Faculty – Kellogg’s renowned thought leaders and nonprofit practitioners will share their knowledge and facilitate thoughtful discussion in real time throughout the program
  • Peer-to-Peer Connections – Many opportunities to interact with your peers through both formal and informal activities
  • A Rich, Interactive Experience – A high-quality, transformative learning experience with timely, actionable content and seamless interactivity
  • Credit towards a Kellogg Executive Scholar Certificate – Many of our live virtual programs count towards completion of your certificate
  • Schedule Designed to Maximize Learning and Balance – Most live virtual program meet from 9am – 12:30pm CT with optional evening sessions. Typically programs occur across four to six business days over a two-week period. Specific program schedules will be provided 2-4 weeks prior to each program start

Fundraising and Marketing: Building Nonprofit Capacity

Sept. 22-23 & 29 - Oct. 1, 2020 (half days)

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.

Developing High Performing People

Oct. 6-7 & 14-15 (half days)

Explore how strong leaders develop and retain high-performing people committed to their organizations' missions. Learn how to motivate and energize people to achieve greater individual and collective success.

Leadership and Management in Core Facilities

November 2-18, 2020 (Nine half-days, full schedule coming soon)

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.

Major Gift Solicitation Strategies

November 16-17 & 19-20 (half days)

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: Toolkit for Leaders

Nov. 4-5 & 9-10 (half days)

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.

Step Into Impact

Jan. 13-14 & 20-21, 2021 (half days)

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.

In these times of extraordinary change, nonprofit leaders are called on to be adaptable and resilient in order to solve complex challenges. Our live virtual programs will provide you with the knowledge, insights and confidence you need to lead through unprecedented circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Delivery and Schedule

How are Center for Nonprofit Management live virtual programs delivered?

Our live virtual programs have been purpose-built to deliver a world-class experience comparable to our in-person programs, with class sizes limited to provide a rich and personal learning environment. You’ll engage in real-time interaction with professors and peers online, immerse yourself in small group discussions, and acquire strategies and tools that you can immediately deploy to solve your most pressing challenges.

Do I need to log into live virtual programs at specific times?

Yes, because these programs are live, there are set class times and participants must be able to participate during the specified times each day to receive their certificate of participation at the conclusion of each program.

What is a typical schedule like?

Class sessions for live virtual programs typically last 3-4 hours each day with multiple breaks scheduled.

Preparing for a Program

How do I access my Kellogg program once I’ve registered?

You will receive an email prior to the start of the program for which you have registered with a link to log into the program platform.

Will I receive any readings before the program starts?

Approximately 2 weeks prior to the program start date, you will receive access to a course website. This site will contain pre-reading materials to prepare for your program.

Scholarships, Payments and Cancellations

Are scholarships available for live virtual programs?

Yes. Up to 50% scholarships are available for Center for Nonprofit Management live virtual programs. Please check the box on your application that indicates the level of scholarship you are requesting. Our Registrar will confirm your status and your invoice will be adjusted to reflect your scholarship.

When is payment due?

Enrollment is not confirmed until full payment is received. Payment may accompany the registration or an invoice can be sent. Full payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. If the participant is enrolling within 30 days of the program’s start date, full payment is due immediately.

What types of payment are accepted?

  • Check: Checks must be drawn on U.S. banks and payable in U.S. funds to "Northwestern University"
  • Wire Transfer: Wire transfers must be accompanied by our bank information available on the invoice or by contacting our registrar at
  • Credit Card: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for all our programs

Can I pay online?

Yes. Online payment by credit card is allowed at the time of the registration unless the program has admission requirements, special pricing or is at capacity.

What is Kellogg’s cancellation policy?

Once your registration has been confirmed, you may contact your program manager if you have any questions about your registration. 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.

Northwestern University reserves the right to cancel a program at any time for any reason. In the unlikely event of a program cancellation, paid program fees will be refunded.

Certificates and Executive Scholar Tracks

Do I earn a certificate for live virtual programs?

Yes. Participants receive a certificate of participation at the end of each program when they participate in all program sessions.

Do live virtual programs offer credit toward my Scholars Certificate?

Yes. Center for Nonprofit Management live virtual programs count towards the completion of an Executive Scholar Certificate in Nonprofit Management. You can learn more about the Kellogg Executive Scholars Certificate Program here.

Technical Requirements

What are the technical requirements and minimum bandwidth needed to participate in Kellogg programs?

The following is required:
  • Access to a modern computer (Mac or PC) with a supported operating system installed
  • Reliable high-speed internet access via cable, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or another internet connection (The minimum viable connection speed to stream video reliably is 768 kilobits per second (equal to .768 megabits per second). We recommend a connection speed of at least 5 megabits per second for an optimal experience with HD capability
  • Reliable Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • An up-to-date version of a reliable Internet browser
  • A head set if you are not working in a private space
  • Sound card and speakers for watching course videos
  • Multimedia plug-ins that allow your browser access online video or interactive features, including Adobe Flash Player
  • For viewing documents, Adobe Reader
  • Mac users: you may also need the Preview program that comes with OS X for viewing most PDF documents

The newest version of one of our recommended browsers:
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari (for Mac users)
  • Edge

Recommended settings:
  • Your preferred browser should be set up to allow Javascript and cookies: click here to learn how to enable Javascript
  • Java should be installed for full functionality: click here to install Java
  • Disable pop-up blockers to view the course site: click here to learn how

Visit each program page to register and for more information about content and schedules. Or email us at for more information.

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