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So You Want to Be an Executive Director? What It Really Takes to Lead a Nonprofit Organization


Rae Linefsky from C3 Consulting moderates the discussion about leadership capacity. Panelists include David Garza of Henry Street Settlement, Linda Lausell Bryant of Inwood House, and Julie Shapiro of The Door.

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The 21st Century Nonprofit

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Live Chat


What Should Be In Your Nonprofit’s Business Plan?

Aug 29, 2011  

Nonprofit consultants and authors Chataun Denis and Jim Horan answer questions about creating usable, living, nonprofit business plans.

Board Compensation & Incentive Pay for Executives: Can Nonprofits Do This?

Dec 05, 2011  

This Q&A explores the right way to offer attractive pay and benefits and features Pete Smith (Smith Compensation Consulting) and Deborah Davidson (BoardSource).



Philanthropy Chat: Tom Adams on Leadership Transition and Development


Philanthropy Chat: Jessica Griffin and Malcolm Furgol on the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network


Online Classes


Before You Seek a Grant Webinar

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

Learn to employ a step-by-step checklist approach to assess your new nonprofit's readiness for foundation fundraising.

Principios de la planificación para la procuración de fondos

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

Aprenda el proceso básico de planificación para lograr diversificar las fuentes de apoyo financiero de su organización.

Introduction to Finding Grants Webinar

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

This brief recording captures the key concepts of the course. For more expansive discussion of the topic, we suggest attending a live webinar or in-person session. Note the recording is captioned for individuals with hearing impairments.

Leveraging Leadership for Social Media Success

Self-Paced eLearning  |  $45.00

Learn how social media ambassadors can add value to your online activities.

Social Media for Leaders: Find Your Voice

Self-Paced eLearning  |  $45.00

Learn how to add social engagement skills to your executive toolkit.

Training Events


Creating a Fundraising Board

Feb 28, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Is your nonprofit struggling to secure donations from your board of directors?  Are you having a tough time getting them to open doors to potential donors, funders, and partners?  Then join us for this highly practical, tactical workshop where expert fundraiser Darian Rodriguez Heyman shares concrete tips and tools designed to help your organization get more dollars in the door.  Learn how to engage your board in a process that clarifies exactly what’s expected of each member and how your team can support board member fundraising efforts.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to usher in the next chapter for your nonprofit!


Leading Inclusively: A Panel with Women Leaders

Mar 7, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Recent reports on the demographics of the nonprofit sector show that 68% of nonprofit employees are female, as are 60% of nonprofit executives.  At a time of unrest and division WQW throughout the country, it is important to ensure that the perspectives of the sector’s diversity are leverage toward inclusion efforts. To kick off National Women’s Month, Foundation Center has convened a panel of women leaders in the nonprofit sector to share their experiences and advice on creating more inclusive organizations.  We invite you to join us and submit questions for our panelists in advance through this link


Creating an Inclusive Environment

Mar 9, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Recognizing and recruiting talent regardless of individual difference is key to achieving diversity.  However, ensuring a diverse workforce is not enough-organizations must be intentional in working to ensure that all team members feel welcome and valued. To be successful, organizations need to step back and look at the environment they are offering to potential candidates. We’ve convened a panel of experienced nonprofit and public executives for an interactive discussion on the steps needed to progress from diversity to inclusion.  Join us on March 9th for a practical, tactical webinar on how to create an inclusive environment in your organization. 


10 Tips for Measuring Programs Through Data

Mar 16, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Data helps create a solid foundation for strategic program and organizational planning.  Moreover, funders increasingly ask nonprofits about how data is used to maximize charitable investments. But not all data is useful, and some data may bury your organization or program’s intended impacts. So how do we determine what data is critical to our goals and plans?  We invite you to join us for a practical, tactical webinar lead by Idealware on March 16, 2017 where data collection experts will share their 10 tips for measuring the performance and impact of programs through data.  


Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Mar 21, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
New York, New York | In-person

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give board members a roadmap to success.