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 Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, presented in partnership with SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE), improves the effectiveness of nonprofit leaders, and their organizations, through targeted focus on personal leadership development and leadership best practices.

Designed by nonprofit leaders for nonprofit leaders, this program provides insight into the important role executive leadership plays in creating a thriving organization and a strong community.  

Who is Eligible to Participate?
The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate is designed for mid-level to senior staff of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations who wish to further develop their leadership skills and join a network of the top leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Applicants should have at least 5 years of nonprofit professional experience and should have held their current position for at least two years.

Step out of your daily world and take the time to collaborate, share and learn with your peers.

Apply Now! For Fall 2014.  Priority Application Deadline: August 18, 2014

Participants will:

  • Develop skills based on relevant leadership theories and practices in the context of the nonprofit management
  • Gain insight into personal leadership strengths and styles
  • Build techniques for leading interpersonally- with teams, as mission advocates, and as organizational change agents
  • Understand the role of executive leadership in creating a robust organization and a stronger community
  • Develop a network of peers to share wisdom, proven practices, and support
  • Receive a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from SMU and CNM



Trust and Decision Making

A key part of the way that you are perceived to be a leader is through the behaviors that you exhibit and the decisions that you make. In this session, you will receive feedback from a behavioral assessment which explores how to build trust and how you make decisions 

September 19, 2014

Personal Assessment: Your Leadership Style

In this session, you will have the opportunity to explore your unique personality style through two assessments. You will identify how your style and emotional intelligence affects interpersonal relationships, decision making, and employee performance.

September 26, 2014

Organizational Culture and Change Management

In today’s rapidly changing environment, change comes at us whether we like it or not. As a leader, the burden for recognizing the need for change and managing the change process falls on your shoulders. You will be given helpful insights into ways that you can become more effective at both of these skills and at sustaining your organizations.

October 10, 2014

Funding, Marketing, and Strategy

This session is divided into two parts – both dealing with the importance of effective communications including donor relations and marketing to the community. As a leader within a nonprofit agency, you are often not only the face of the agency but also its voice. It is imperative that your message be presented in a transparent, ethical, and persuasive way.

October 24, 2014

Personal Assessment: Building on Your Strengths

Often as leaders we focus on our weaknesses rather than on what we do best. Through the StrenghtsFinder assessment, you will learn how to build upon your strongest talents to be a better steward of your organization’s mission.

November 7, 2014

The Executive Director’s Role in Building Effective Boards

In addition to the responsibilities that you have as a leader to your staff and clients, you also have a responsibility to your board. To be truly effective, you must work together toward the realization of the agency’s mission. You will learn best practices on recruiting, selecting, and communicating with the board for the ultimate good of your organization.

November 14, 2014

Attendance: In order to earn a certificate of completion, attendance is mandatory at all sessions.

How to Apply for the Program:

  • Submit the application form by August 18, 2014.
  • CNM and SMU will select and notify accepted individuals in late August/early September.

Course Fees:
$2,100 members / $2,800 non-members (includes books, materials and any food and beverages).
All fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the first session.

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