Nonprofit Leadership Development

Nonprofit Executive and Emerging Leaders Certificate Program
Executive Track: is designed to give 18-20 nonprofit executives the tools to advance their knowledge and skills, increase their leadership capacity, gain credentials for enhancing their future, and reap the benefits of networking with experts and colleagues in the field. During a three-day intensive program, a distinguished group of presenters, comprised of Rutgers faculty members and nationally recognized practitioners, conduct in-depth presentations and engage in challenging and strategic discussions on a wide range of topics.

Emerging Leader Track: a three-day program, leads 18-20 mid-level managers, from both the for- and nonprofit sectors, who are interested in building their skills and developing their talents, through a rigorous and engaging curriculum that emphasizes personal and professional leadership skills development. Participants learn the nuts and bolts of what is entailed in effectively leading a nonprofit organization.  New for 2017: There are also one-on-one coaching sessions as a follow up to reinforce learning. Sessions can be completed remotely to make access easier, particularly to participants traveling a distance to attend the program.

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Dates: Program will take place 3 days in April 2017, exact dates coming soon.
Tuition fee: $2,000; Early Bird Registration special for $1,500.
Application for the 2017 Certificate Program Coming Soon!


The Prudential Foundation Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program
Sponsored by The Prudential Foundation, this is a transformative curriculum-based training and leadership development program expressly designed to help nonprofit senior executives achieve their full leadership potential. Over a two-year period, a cohort group, comprised of fifteen nonprofit leaders, meets once a month from September through June to take part in this unique and ground-breaking comprehensive approach to developing both personal and professional leadership skills and competencies. Each monthly five-hour session includes formal instruction provided by practitioners and field experts, as well as peer-to-peer discussions led by the group facilitator. In addition to the group work, each participant receives ongoing one-on-one coaching and emotional intelligence training. This program offers executives the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills while broadening their perspective on how to effect greater change for the sector. Upon completing the program, participants become members of the Fellows Alumni Network, a group of peers that meets several times annually. Through the network, program alumni continue to receive the long-term benefits of peer support as they work together on honing their skills and learning new approaches to solving issues.

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Applications are closed for the 2015-2017 cohort. Application for the 2017-2019 Cohort Coming Soon!


Victoria Foundation Emerging Leaders Program
Victoria Foundation Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Fellows Program is an innovative and transformative approach to leadership training, acutely focused on increasing the number of highly effective nonprofit leaders who have the practical knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to lead their organizations and better serve their communities. The program combines time-tested elements and benefits of a structured curriculum, peer mentoring, one-on-one coaching, Emotional Intelligence assessment and training, and Life & Career Planning®, a proprietary tool that focuses on personal and professional growth through exploring one’s own values. The Program runs September through August, meeting once a month from 9am to 4pm. Participants must work for an organization receiving funding from the Victoria Foundation to apply.

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Applications are closed for the 2016-2017 cohort. Application for the 2017-2018 Cohort Coming Soon!



Non-profit Capacity Building Series
For Executives, Board Members and Emerging Leaders
Since 2007, the The Prudential Foundation and Victoria Foundation have sponsored an annual convening of leaders through a variety of platforms (all-day conferences, speaker series, webinars, etc.) that focus on how to strengthen organizational core capacities, in addition to developing synergy between the CEO and the board.


Mini Board Retreat (For Small but Might Non-Profits)
November 2016
Information coming soon.

People’s Choice Day
March 2017
Information coming soon.

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Past Series Events
Non-Profit Leaders' Breakfast: Making Your Network Work For You (And Your Non-Profit) with Francine Parham
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am  
St. Joseph Plaza, 233 West Market Street, Newark, NJ  (Free Parking On-Site)

The Institute for Ethical Leadership kicks off the 2016 Capacity Building Series with an introductory workshop and peer-to-peer roundtable discussion for Non-profit Leaders of all levels and Board Members. Join Francine Parham, leadership and professional development strategist, to discover and practice the steps you need to create the right professional network for career and organization success. By the end of the workshop you will be on your way to creating a professional network that works for you (and your organization). Includes Workshop and Peer-to-Peer Roundtable Discussion.

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Leadership, Mindfulness, and Yoga
with Janine White
This two-part series lead by Janine White focuses on embodied leadership. Both weeks will guide you through elements of  yoga practice and philosophy relating to leadership qualities, encouraging both a cognitive and physical engagement with these concepts. Movement, breathing, and meditation exercises will be incorporated, as well as discussion about how leadership takes shape in our lives. Join us at the end of each workshop for finger foods and refreshments. No prior yoga experience is necessary. Modifications will be offered for participants with various levels of flexibility. Participants can attend either Leadership, Mindfulness, and Yoga workshop in the Capacity Building Series for an introduction to the subject, or both workshops for a deeper dive.

Leading from the Inside Out
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:00pm - 6:30pm
15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102 (Next to the Newark Public Library)
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The first workshop will allow for discussion and physical exploration of how our inner experience and personal characteristics support leadership. We work on getting to know ourselves from the inside out, as the essential basis for being able to engage as leaders in the world around us.

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We're in this Together!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:00pm - 6:30pm
15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102 (Next to the Newark Public Library)
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The second workshop will focus on how our sense of self guides relationships and how we serve our communities. Through partner and group exercises, we will examine how leadership dynamics play out among the group, helping to build awareness of the leadership qualities that you already posses.

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People's Choice Day with Michael Brandwein
Thursday, June 2, 2016 8:30am – 5:30pm (attend AM, PM, or full day)
St. Joseph Plaza, 233 West Market Street, Newark, NJ  (Free Parking On-Site)

Thanks to the generous support of our funders, we are excited to announce this workshop will be available for free. Although the space is large, seating is limited so register soon!


Michael Brandwein comes to Newark, NJ for the 2016 Capacity Building Series “People’s Choice Day” - workshops selected by people in the non-profit world, for people in non-profit the non-profit world. The morning and afternoon sessions will each consist of two dynamic, entertaining, engaging and informative 1 ½ hour workshops lead by Michael Brandwein on personal development, management, communications, and leadership. Come for half a day, or stay for a full day and attend all four workshops.

The 2016 People's Choice Day Agenda will be:
Breakfast & Registration  8:30am – 9:00am
Workshops 1 & 2    9:00am – 12:15pm
1. THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT STICKS AND STONES:A Fast Way to Recharge our Batteries & Create Changeability for Personal & Professional Development
2. THE DEATH OF MEANINGLESS MEETINGS: Ten Powerful Techniques to Make Meetings Move
Lunch & Registration  12:15pm – 1:15pm
Lunch Bonus: Michael shares tips for conflict communication!
Workshops 3 & 4  1:15pm – 4:30pm
3. SUPER STAFF SUPERVISION: Practical & Powerful Techniques to Lead & Motivate Teams to Success
4. TIME MANAGEMENT: For People Who Do Not Have Time to Take a Time Management Course
Non-profit Networking  4:30pm – 5:30pm

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Building Effective Collaborations with Francine Parham
Thursday, July 14, 2016 11:00am – 2:30pm
St. Joseph Plaza, 233 West Market Street, Newark, NJ  (Free Parking On-Site)

The Institute for Ethical Leadership concludes the 2016 Capacity Building Series with a workshop for Non-profit Leaders of all levels and Board Members. Francine Parham, author, leadership and professional development strategist, returns to share to share strategies, approaches as well as introduce tools that you can use for collaborating with key partners and stakeholders in your professional network to benefit you (and your organization). Attendance in the first workshop of the 2016 Capacity Building Series, “Making Your Network Work for You (And Your Non-Profit),” is not required, however participants who attend both workshops will see continuity between the topics. The first 30 participants who register (and attend), will receive a free copy of Francine's new book, “The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide” (April 2016).

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Spring 2015 Capacity Building Speakers Series Materials:
View the Spring 2015 Speaker Series agenda


2013 Capacity Building Conference Materials:
The Institute for Ethical Leadership works with its partners, Partnership in Philanthropy, Pro Bono Partnership, Center for Non-Profits, Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Support Center for Nonprofit Management to design, plan and host these annual events. Click to learn about the 2013 Conference.