Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program

Nonprofit leadership expert Mary Gladstone-Highland will share a comprehensive collection of tools and best practices to improve your leadership skills and advance your career. You will finish the program with a renewed passion for leadership and an understanding of the essential technical skills required to oversee a program, department, or organization.

Benefits of Certification

  • Take your organization to the next level
  • Navigate uncertainties
  • Master the technical aspects of leadership
  • Accelerate your career
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When your Executive Director turns to you, turn to your Nonprofit Leadership Certification

As your organization navigates the persistent pandemic, faces hiring and retention problems, and adapts for the future, now is a pivotal time to invest in professional development.


Some nonprofit leaders are extraordinary—they consistently accomplish their organizations’ missions, earn the respect of their teams, better their communities, and transform the world. To accomplish this goal, you must understand and embrace the technical aspects of leadership, including conducting organizational assessments, improving your team’s effectiveness, and measuring the benefits of every decision.

Our Leadership Certification program will enable you to:

  • Take your organization to the next level
  • Navigate uncertainties
  • Master the technical aspects of leadership
  • Accelerate your career

Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program

Session 1: Developing an Effective Leadership Style/ How to Manage and Leverage Organizational Conflict

  • Situational leadership and its benefits leaders
  • Leadership style assessment
  • Competing values framework
  • Causes of organizational conflict
  • How to resolve conflict
  • Using conflict resolution skills to increase social impact

Session 2: Organizing Successful Teams

  • Team dynamics
  • Designing strategic teams that set up staff for success
  • Employee motivation
  • How to reduce turnover and increase job satisfaction and productivity

Session 3: The Importance of Strategy

  • Moving from a culture of reactivity to proactivity
  • Six plans every organization needs:
  • Strategic plan
  • Fund development plan
  • Annual programmatic calendar
  • Budgeting process
  • Succession plan
  • Emergency plan

Session 4: Building a Network Of Support

  • Building blocks of a diversified funding portfolio:
  • Individual donors
  • Major donors
  • Foundations and grants
  • Planned giving
  • Earned income
  • Capitalizing on stakeholder relationships

Session 5: Casting Your Organization’s Vision

  • Why vision is critical
  • Creating a communications plan
  • Choosing your target audience
  • Storytelling techniques and best practices
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Who Should Attend?
  • Chief executives
  • Executive directors
  • Board members
  • Nonprofit counsel
  • Senior management
  • Financial staff
  • Managers
  • Development staff
  • Volunteer coordinators
  • Program directors
What's included
Training includes
  • Nonprofit Leadership Certification
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Mary Gladstone-Highland
  • Certified Nonprofit Professional
  • Fourteen years of experience leading organizations
  • Graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Certificate in Advanced Study in Conflict and Collaboration
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive
  • Has raised over $3.4 million for numerous organizations over the past five years