Nonprofits face unique business challenges that determine their organizations' health. Since 2001, The Center for Nonprofit Management has partnered with nonprofits to develop solutions and help executives solve tomorrow's business and leadership challenges today. Whether you're facing fundraising challenges, seeking to broaden your impact, or interested in strengthening your team's leadership skills, we can help.
"Custom programs provide a setting for leaders to learn from senior academic faculty and outstanding practitioners in an environment that fosters leadership and innovation."
Liz Livingston Howard, Executive Director, Center for Nonprofit Management
The Center is uniquely equipped with nonprofit sector experts and Kellogg faculty who write the books on cutting-edge business practices. Together, we assess your learning needs and your employees' learning capacities. We then design a preliminary academic plan, evaluate and refine that plan by engaging with stakeholders at all levels of the organization and deliver an outstanding educational experience that builds on your organization's unique strengths and addresses your most pressing challenges. Often our programs are designed to help:
We create custom programs and experiences based on the learning needs articulated by our client organizations. Custom programs are highly tailored and can range from day-long intensives, to multi-year cohort experiences offered in-person, live virtual or a hybrid of various learning modes.
We believe that meaningful impact measurement is a partnership and occurs at four levels:
Reaction / Did participants find the program favorable, engaging and relevant?
Learning / Did participants acquire the intended knowledge and skills?
Behavior change / Are participants applying the learning on the job?
Organization results / What are the measurable human capital or organizational results?
During your program, we assess participant reaction through individual session evaluations. We also partner with you to define program learning objectives and assess achievement of that learning with our overall program evaluation. Behavior change and organizational results are assessed post-program by our client organizations, and the approaches used vary widely. We can work with our clients to inform their desired approach to this level of impact measurement.
Academy of Urban School Leadership
The Allstate Foundation
American Association of Museums
Arts Alliance of Illinois
Association of Academic Museums & Galleries
Association of Art Museum Directors
Association of Fundraising Professionals (Chicago)
Bexley Seabury Seminary
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Illinois
BMO Harris Bank
Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago
Chicago Area Childcare Executives
Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Public Education Fund
Chicago Public Schools
Circle of Service Foundation
Cristo Rey Network of Schools
The Family Institute
Fond Du Lac Library
Garrett Evangelical Seminary
Gorton Community Center
Hispanics in Philanthropy
Jack Miller Family Foundation
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Library Association
Illinois Network of Charter Schools
Illinois Parks & Recreation Association
Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Lake County Community Foundation
Lake Forest Open Lands
Lumpkin Family Foundation
Lyric Opera of Chicago
National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO)
National Association of State Treasurers
North Suburban Library System
Northwestern University Office of Research
Northwestern University Program on African Studies
Office of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Chicago
Ronald McDonald House Charities Global
Schools That Can Milwaukee
United States Olympic Committee
University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary
YMCA of the USA
JP Morgan Chase
LaSalle National Bank
William Blair & Company
Utility Economic Development Association