Leading Nonprofits

Posted by Social Innovations Institute on April 24, 2017

LEADING NONPROFITS is designed for Board Members and Non-Profit Senior Leaders (+ team members) who are relatively new in their roles and have a practitioner’s interest in the development, leadership, and management of nonprofit organizations and their intersection with the private sector and government. Leading Nonprofits is taught through a combination of theory, practice simulation, and exposure to social sector leadership. Leading Nonprofits provides participants with the essential competencies and tools to conduct in-depth analysis of a non-profit’s effectiveness leading to social impact, financial sustainability, and systems and policy impact. Leading Nonprofits also addresses contemporary challenges related to organizational ethics, accountability, emerging legal frameworks, and public policy. Through the process of designing, incorporating, and governing a best practice mock nonprofit participants will leave with a “best practice” nonprofit manual that includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, governance roles, strategic business plan, dashboard OR scorecard, 3-5 year budget projections, development plan and public policy strategy that can be applied to the governance, leadership, strategic and/or business model, financial sustainability, social impact, marketing and communication, and public policy influence best practices of their own organization.

June 2, 29, & 30; September 22; and October 6

REGISTER BY APRIL 28, 2017 and receive a $300 SCHOLARSHIP provided by EXUDE


During the first two sessions, participants, working in teams will be required to design, incorporate, and govern a best practice mock nonprofit. Using best practice templates, each team will deliver a non-profit infrastructure manual that includes articles of incorporation; bylaws; board member governance committees and roles; strategic business plan (i.e. theory of change); organizational dashboard/scorecard; 3-5 year budget projections; development plan and targets; and a public policy strategy. Through this process participants will learn to lead and/or govern their own organization better through comparing their own leadership/governance models with best practices and through learning from the collective knowledge, experience and conclusions of participating colleagues.

During the third session, participants will determine how the knowledge gained translates into their respective organizations. Participants are encouraged to invited additional organizational members (i.e. board, senior leadership) for the third session to ensure it gains traction within their respective organization. In addition, the third session will introduce the function and role of human resources as a tool to shift an organizational internal culture to best practice models of governance and leadership.

During sessions four and five, participants will apply the knowledge gained and organizational plans to a self-selected experienced non-profit leader in an interview format to learn about his or her organization’s leadership and governance, strategic and/or business model, financial sustainability, social impact goals, marketing and communication plan, and public policy strategy. This step is essential, as it will help consolidate the knowledge, competencies and tools for improved leadership and governance.


  • Project Management: Resource Management; Managing People; and Transitional and Generational Leadership
  • Financial Controls
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Human Resources and Ethics
  • Building Alliances, Partnerships, Mergers and Affiliations
  • Influencing Systems and Policy Change


Each participant will be provided with a copy of Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership published by Tine Hansen-Turton & Nicholas Torres. This book was co-authored by many of the nation’s social sector leadership and organized as a comprehensive practitioner’s guide toward better governance and leadership.

In addition, participants will receive Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Collins, J.; Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, and The Prince by Machiavelli. Additional relevant articles will be provided and are listed within the sessions themselves.

Location: Oxford Mills: 100 O: 100 W. Oxford Street, Philadelphia, PA

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