Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate

This certificate is designed to meet the professional needs of senior-level managers and emerging executives of nonprofit and public organizations. The curriculum is designed in a cohort format to promote skill-building and peer networking among seasoned leaders.

8

months

7

courses

7

in-person days

CAE ApprovedAll of the courses in this certificate program can be applied to fulfilling the professional development requirements in earning or maintaining the Certified Association Executive credential. Learn more here.

Offered in-person

This certificate is designed to meet the professional needs of senior-level managers and emerging executives of nonprofit and public organizations. The curriculum is designed in a cohort format to promote skill-building and peer networking among seasoned leaders. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Facilitators are current and former CEOs and executive directors of nonprofit organizations with a vast amount of combined experience as change-making practitioners in the field. A variety of instructional methods are used to provide engaging, practice-oriented learning experiences that are focused on knowledge, skills and techniques that can immediately be implemented.

Advantages

Participants enrolled in the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate have access to the following:

  • A robust network of established experts and cohort colleagues that share best-practices and offer guidance and support;
  • An interactive, adult-learning environment offering relevant curriculum that provides participants with a strong capacity to lead;
  • Transformational learning, tailored for experienced nonprofit leaders seeking to enhance the impact they have in their organizations and the community;
  • Immediate and accessible knowledge and tools that strengthen necessary skills, improve efficiency and provide the ability to implement best practices of high-impact nonprofit organizations;
  • Locations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and the greater Southwest region;
  • Peer-based learning that advances each participant’s ability to identify opportunities to collaborate and partner; and
  • Reflective practices in an interactive learning environment.

Benefits

  • Demonstrate your commitment to being an expert in your field and build your credibility
  • Increase and showcase your skills. Learn a new technology, branch out into a new area, and showcase your achievement through a capstone final project.
  • Open the doors of opportunity. Many organizations are asking candidates to list their certifications. Do you often skip this area? If so, you are missing out on a key element that can make you stand out from the crowd.

Who should register

This certificate is designed for senior-level management and emerging executive leaders in the nonprofit sector. At a minimum, a registrant should have several years of professional or management experience within the nonprofit sector.


Contact us by email or phone

For additional information please contact Cindi Thiede, Director Professional Development Education, at (602) 496-1061 or Cynthia.Thiede@asu.edu.

Program structure

Only serious applicants need to apply.  Applicants should be in senior level positions or attempting to obtain a senior level position within a nonprofit.  Click the "apply" tab for the application link, or check HERE under the "Full Certificates" tab.  Application instructions are within those links.  

This is a cohort style certificate.  Upon acceptance and final registration, participants are required to attend all 7 in-person courses and complete a course project for each course including the final Capstone in order to receive the certificate. 

This certificate is delivered in a hybrid format, what does that mean?        

This certificate takes place both online and in-person. Participation in both is mandatory.  Each course will have required reading for participants to complete before its face-to-face session. Readings, videos and case studies can be located on the ASU Canvas.  

The face-to-face session in Phoenix will be held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. located at the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus (UCENT Building). After each face-to-face session, participants will complete a course project that they will submit virtually to their instructor for feedback. At the end of this certificate, participants will have seven projects they can implement within their organization.  Full participation, as well as course project completion, is required to obtain the certificate.  

Fee schedule

Type Deadline Amount
Application fee  At the time of registration, Serious Applicants Only!  February 21, 2020   $250 non-refundable (applies toward the final cost)
Certificate Full Payment Due February 28, 2020 $3249
Intent to Graduate fee At the time of payment $30 (non-refundable)
Cancellation fee See Cancellation Policy in FAQ  
NMI 203
Financial Management for Executives

This session integrates financial management into executive decision making and addresses the struggle to match mission with financial resources. Topics include understanding the components of nonprofit financial statements, accounting for contributions, grants and federal awards, financial accountability, executive processes, and continuous budgeting.

Delivery method: Hybrid (online and in-person) | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 205
Nonprofit Executive Leadership

In this highly interactive course, participants will explore the role, traits and competencies of the executive. The goal of the course is to help senior level professionals align their leadership skills and competencies with top exemplars. Participants will use a variety of resources and techniques to identify and begin close the gaps between their skills and abilities and those of great nonprofit leaders.

Delivery method: Hybrid (online and in-person) | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 210
Public Trust and Influence

This course will discuss the role nonprofits play in influencing public policy, leading social movements, building coalition, and organizing issue campaigns. This course highlights successful advocacy strategies used by nonprofit leaders to advance their organization’s mission for the public good. It delineates what nonprofits can and cannot do and engages participants in developing an advocacy strategy plan. Participants will also explore some of the challenging ethical and moral issues common in the nonprofit sector.

Delivery method: Hybrid (online and in-person) | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 211
Strategic Governance and the CEO

In this course, participants discourse matters of governance to expand their capacity as executive leaders in the nonprofit sector. Topics of significance underscore complimentary modes of governance; the distinct and shared responsibilities of the executive leader and board of directors; and best practices in nonprofit governance.

Delivery method: Hybrid (online and in-person) | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 221
Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & New Business Models

In this course, you will assess your organization’s readiness for social entrepreneurship. You will also learn what it takes to develop a social enterprise and an enterprising mind. Participants will walk away with the key components of a business plan for social entrepreneurship and will have begun the process of identifying possible sources of funding for their organization.

Delivery method: Hybrid (online and in-person) | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 226
Advanced Resource Development

This course delves into annual funds, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, grants and special events. This course will give participants the foundation and tools needed to implement these fundraising methods in their organizations. By the end of the course, participants will have developed at least one major fundraising plan, focusing on one area.

Delivery method: Hybrid (online and in-person) | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

NMI 260
Nonprofit Executive Leadership Capstone

This is the final aspect of the Executive Leadership Certificate. Participants will deliver a short presentation about their course projects and receive completion certificates.

Delivery method: Hybrid (online and in-person) | Qualifies for: Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate
CAE approved

This course meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE credit amount: 8 credit hours (one-day course)

Application Deadline January 31, 2020

Full payment for Certificate Due February 7, 2020 

The first set of course materials and prework will be sent out March 6, 2020 - Class begins promptly on March 20, 2020! 

In-Person Dates 

  • NMI 205 Nonprofit Executive Leadership  Friday, March 20, 2020
    • During this course, you will be introduced to current models of leadership and core leadership competencies.
  • NMI 211 Strategic Governance and the CEO – Friday, April 17, 2020
    • This course explores the components inherent in creating and maintaining a governing body that promotes a healthy and successful nonprofit organization.
  • NMI 226 Advanced Resource Development – Friday, May 15, 2020
    • This course delves into annual funds, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, grants and special events.
  • NMI 221 Social Entrepreneurship; Innovation, and New Bus. Models – Friday, June 12, 2020
    • In this course, you will assess your organization’s readiness for social entrepreneurship.
  • NMI 210 Public Trust and Influence  Friday, August 14, 2020
    • This course will discuss the role nonprofits play in influencing public policy, leading social movements, building coalitions, and organizing issue campaigns.
  • NMI 203 Financial Management for Executives  September 11, 2020
    • This session integrates financial management into executive decision making and addresses the struggle to match mission with financial resources.
  • NMI 260 Nonprofit Executive Leadership Capstone – Friday, October 16, 2020

How to enroll

APPLY HERE, Participants will be prompted to upload a current resume and to fill out general background information. There is a $250 application fee (applies toward the final cost). The application deadline is February 21, 2020.  Only serious applicants need to apply.   

After submitting the application, the Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) staff will review the application for senior level qualifications. NMI staff will notify the applicant within 2-3 business days of the application status.

Upon acceptance, the participant will receive a registration link to pay in full for the certificate.  Once the participant pays tuition, they will receive materials and information to start the program. The program is approximately 8 months long with a break in July.

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