The Center for Healthy Nonprofits is offering an 9-session Survival Series for newer nonprofit EDs and CEOs. Hosted by Patti Caldwell and Paula Van Ness, both drawing upon decades of experience as nonprofit CEO’s, this Survival Series is designed to give a cohort of newer Executive Directors and CEOs practical information to help survive as an extraordinary leader of a successful nonprofit organization. The program will consist of nine two-hour sessions, including a one-on-one coaching session.

Facilitated conversations will cover the competencies and key relationships required of nonprofit executives including tips for effective management of your Board and staff, building and maintaining a culture aligned with your mission and values, problem-solving and decision-making, managing change, and healthier management of your time and your life. Each session includes opportunities to network with your counterparts, creating relationships for continued sharing of successes and challenges.

The Center for Healthy Nonprofits is a program of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona working to strengthen the nonprofit community by offering free and reduced cost capacity building workshops and training for nonprofit professionals and volunteers.

Learn more and apply by filling out the form here.

Important Dates

There will be 9 two-hour sessions taught during this program. It is required to attend all sessions, except in the case of emergencies. Please be sure the following dates will work for your schedule before applying.

Sessions occur from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • March 16, 2021
  • April 20, 2021
  • May 11, 2021
  • June 15, 2021
  • July 20, 2021
  • August 17, 2021
  • September 21, 2021
  • October 19, 2021
  • November 16, 2021

Important Information

While majority of the costs for this series have been covered by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Tucson Foundations, and potentially other funders, there is a $450 co-pay to participate in the series. Please note that scholarships are available.


Contact Paula Van Ness, Center for Healthy Nonprofits Program Manager, at