June 5 - June 7, 2019


CEN Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Boot Camp

Advance your career in the nonprofit sector!

The intensive Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Boot Camp is a 3-day, not-for-credit certificate course designed for new executives, managers, and emerging professionals from the nonprofit sector. Our goal is to develop leaders who can sustain themselves and their organizations  while also improving their leadership capabilities and people management skill set. Participants will develop a robust toolkit of strategic and tactical skills to easily apply to the day-to-day in their jobs.



"My experience with this program provided me with valuable training that boosted my confidence and helped me to feel ready to take on an important leadership role. Creating a vision and serving the mission of your organization, working effectively with a board of directors, strategic planning, raising critical funds for programs and services, and providing strong financial stewardship are all vital topics of the class that have served me very well as a new executive director."


Boot Camp Schedule


Understanding the Nonprofit Industry

  • Introductions
  • What does it really mean to be a nonprofit?
  • Industry challenges
  • Skills needed to run a nonprofit

Personal Leadership

  • The 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • Personal 360 Leadership Perspectives Inventory
  • Social Styles
  • Team building
  • Effective meetings


  • 10 basic responsibilities of a nonprofit board
  • Working with boards


Strategic Planning and Thinking

  • Mission, vision, impact, operational planning
  • Fundamental steps to strategic planning
  • Measuring impact & making your vision a reality

Financial Leadership

  • Core components of nonprofit financials
  • How to read a nonprofit financial statement
  • Nonprofit funding types
  • Overhead myth & dual bottom line
  • Is my nonprofit financially sustainable?


Fund Development

  • Stages of fundraising
  • Fundraising strategies
  • How to create a fund development plan
  • Creating a case of support
  • Role playing

CEN Experienced Instructors: Jennifer Simmons, Executive Director & Donna Wies, Senior Consultant

Guest Speakers Have Included: Edward W. (Ned) Barnholt, former Chairman, President, & CEO - Agilent Technologies, Anette Eros, CEO- Ronald McDonald House at  Stanford, Ira Holtzman, CFO - The Health Trust, and Amari Romero-Thomas, CE0 & Principle Consultant - Mosaic Training Consulting


Student Tuition: $875 Non-Members | $775 Early Bird (before April 30th, 2019) | $656.25 CEN Member (25% off Non-Member price) 

Date: June 5th, 2019 to June 7th, 2019; 9:00AM - 4:00 PM

Location: 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402





CEN Events Cancellation Policy: Unfortunately, CEN is no longer able to accommodate cancellations within 72 hours of any event.  A registered attendee who has been billed or invoiced but is a “No Show” on the day of the event will still be billed for the event.  There are no exceptions to this policy, but substitutions are permitted at any time as long as the attendee is from the same organization.  Approved refunds – requested before the 72 hour cutoff – will be issued through the original form of payment.  Thank you!

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