Eller Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program

ESI  Everything is changing. Nonprofit leaders face a variety of challenges: new funder requirements, higher donor expectations, tighter budgets, complex social problems, generational clashes within our own staffs, increased competition for resources. Eller’s new NextGen Nonprofit Leadership Program offers certificate programs that will provide business skills to equip leaders to meet these challenges and lead organizations through an uncertain and changing context.

Innovative Approaches to the Business of Nonprofits

Using Lean Launch Principles to Measure Impact: How Do You Know Your Work is Making a Difference?
February 17, 2017 - Child and Family Resources, 2800 E. Broadway 

NextGen Leadership: Creating a Culture of Innovation, Trust and Empowerment
March 3, 2017  - YWCA of Southern AZ, 525 N. Bonita Ave.

  • Co-facilitator Kelly Fryer, CEO, YWCA of Southern Arizona, and Stephen Gilliland, Executive Director Center for Management Innovations in Healthcare, Eller College of Management  

What Program Managers Need to Know About Accounting and Finance
April 7, 2017 - Location TBD 

Cultivating Well-being and Ensuring Self Care: Keys to Thriving in the Non-Profit World
May 5, 2017 - YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave.


  • Leverage key business principles to strengthen your leadership and organization
  • Learn how to cultivate resilience in your team with optimism and positivity
  • Harness the power of innovation and engagement to drive adaptability and change
  • Apply techniques used by successful entrepreneurs to enhance impact
  • Sharpen your understanding of key financial information to drive more effective decision making
  • Understand how to empower and engage your stakeholders
  • Develop tools and solutions for your biggest challenges


Who Should Attend?

Mid-level nonprofit leaders in dynamic and challenging business environments represent the most typical program participant; in addition, senior and emerging leaders will also likely benefit from these business leadership concepts.

The cost for the Certificate Program is $500 per person. Organizations are encouraged to send multiple people, in order to achieve the biggest impact. The cost for two to four people from the same organization is $400 per person and for five to ten people the cost is $300 per person. 

A maximum of 70 participants can attend, so register as soon as you can!

For participants who choose an a la carte approach, the cost of an individual session is $150 per person.



"As a graduate of the initial  Eller Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, what stood out most was the quality of faculty, materials used, and how it related to my duties as the Director of Emergency Services at Primavera Foundation. Having the ability to identify, develop, and coach employees on the active process of gathering information about our perceptions and patterns and using this to replace deficit based perceptions within a TEAM structure is key to building resiliency and weathering the storms faced by nonprofit agencies. I am a better Director because of this leadership program and I thank you.” 

Keith Jeffrey, Director of Emergency Services, Primavera Foundation


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For more information, email Cindi Gilliland at cgill@eller.arizona.edu.