Nonprofit Leadership & Management Certificate Program

This program is currently closed.   The   Summer 2022 cohort  registration opens on June 20, 2022.

Important Dates:

  • June 20, 2022: Summer 2022 Registration Opens
  • July 22, 2022: Summer 2022 Registration Closes
  • August 1, 2022: Summer 2022 Courses Begin
  • September 16, 2022: Summer 2022 Courses Close

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona partnered with The University of Arizona’s Eller Executive Education to provide nonprofit leadership and management training to  local nonprofit professionals.

The partnership was established as part of CFSA’s COVID-19 Response Strategy to help local nonprofits recover from the impact of the pandemic. These trainings, consulting opportunities, and the certificate program were provided free of charge to local nonprofits, thanks to community support provided by local individuals and organizations through the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

Through the nonprofit leadership and management training provided by Eller faculty, nonprofits were able to create plans for long-term sustainability, as well as build donor confidence during these turbulent times. In addition, nonprofit professionals were eligible to receive a Leadership & Management Certificate from Eller Executive Education if they completed three of the eight provided modules.

All courses in the program were pre-recorded, self-learning modules that you can complete at your own pace.  Each module includes approximately 2-2.5 hours of self-paced videos, plus additional time for dedicated assignments.

The eight modules available to nonprofits in this certificate program include:

(NEW) Fundraising for Non-Profit Professionals
Fundraising is a critical function in the long-term sustainability of not profit organizations. In this short course, you will develop an understanding of the core terminology and concepts in the field, along with an overview of the development cycle, from identification and cultivation of donors through stewardship and recognition. You will also learn to identify and assess prospective donors as well as structure a successful solicitation.

(NEW) Grant Writing for Non-Profit Professionals
Diversifying fund sources ensures sustainable growth and grants are one of the best ways for nonprofits to fund their programs. Grant seeking can be at times abstruse and time consuming and yet it can be life changing for the communities at large. In this course, you will learn how to find the right grants for your nonprofit, write impactful grant proposals, and build strong relationships with grantors so that the organization can count on funding for years to come.

(NEW) Finance for Non-Profit Professionals
Knowing the “numbers” is an important skill for all managers in a nonprofit environment – sometimes it can make the difference in the long-term sustainability of the organization. This practical course will improve your understanding of the financial health of your organization. You will explore current issues and challenges in nonprofit finance, acquire essential budget and financial tools and learn how to read and build budgets.

Understanding & Overcoming Leadership Derailers in Times of Stress & Uncertainty
Most of us have blind spots – those aspects of our leadership that may emerge and limit our effectiveness. These can be exacerbated in times of stress, uncertainty and turbulence. In this course, you will learn the causes of leadership derailment and pinpoint what Derailers may be present and cause you difficulty.  At the conclusion of the module, you’ll develop a set of actions to risk mitigate your potential for derailment.  View course description video here.

Developing Resilience & Power in Turbulence through Sponsor & Mentor Networks
There seems to be universal agreement that the post-pandemic workplace will continue to evolve and most likely be forever changed. Navigating your career will undoubtedly bring opportunities, as well as challenges and the role of mentors and sponsors will take on an even greater significance. In this course, you’ll learn the difference between mentors and sponsors – and leverage both to advance your business interests. You’ll practice asking for mentorship and sponsorship. Lastly, you’ll rethink the role of mentors and develop actions to cultivate a more diverse portfolio of them to empower your career decisions.  View course description video here.

The Paradox of Leadership
Today we are confronted more than ever with paradoxes – those complex challenges where there may not be one “right” solution. The options in these situations may appear to be in direct opposition to each other, when in reality, each decision has upsides and downsides. Common themes are focusing globally vs. locally, planning for the long term vs. short term, whether federal vs. state oversight is appropriate, how to balance work and family. These paradoxes can lead groups to “dig in their heels” and argue for one side or the other and potentially miss the opportunities of embracing aspects of both sides towards a common goal. In this course, you’ll learn how to differentiate between a paradox and a problem, practice using a tool to map a paradox and guide a productive dialogue that strives for an optimal balance between the two opposing ideas – the critical leadership skill of and+both thinking.  View course description video here.

Managing Business Models & Business Options through Turbulence & Change
Challenging business conditions and turbulence can play havoc with our current value propositions and our profitability. While turbulence is certainly filled with threats, it can also unlock new opportunities. The task for any leader or manager then becomes how to stay true to the strategy and vision for the organization while responding to changing conditions. This module will explore how to assess our current business model between the constraints and the potential opportunities that exist during turbulence and unwanted change. In this course we will identify the essential components of what an effective value proposition is and uncover what the non-negotiables to good execution look like.  View course description video here.

Board Governance & Advancing Project Oversight
Joining a board is an aspiration for many business professionals. Passion for a cause, offering deep expertise, and prestige are just some of the reasons. Yet the most effective directors and board members possess a deep and expansive view of their roles. Their commitment extends beyond aspirations to ensure value creation for all stakeholders. As executive directors, this passion, expertise, and value creation provided by board members provides the foundation for an effective organization. In this course we will cover the fundamental components of board governance: from board composition, to board-staff partnerships, and the role of a board during change. In the process, we will examine approaches, assumptions, and practices about board. The principles in this course apply to executive directors and those who are responsible for overseeing non-profit boards as well as new board members and those aspiring to join boards. View course description video here.

Additional Support

Program participants will receive additional support through webinars jointly hosted and facilitated by CFSA’s Center for Healthy Nonprofits and Eller faculty.  In addition, this partnership will connect local nonprofits with Tucson-based Eller Alumni and McGuire Center Nonprofit Innovation Faculty to provide pro bono consulting to help organizations adapt and innovate.

These trainings, consulting opportunities, and the certificate program will be provided free of charge to local nonprofits, thanks to community support provided by local individuals and organizations through the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.


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