Nonprofit Management Certificate

Equip yourself with the management and leadership skills you’ll need in 2024 and beyond.

About this event

This program has 2 in-person and 5 virtual sessions. There will be no hybrid option for in-person sessions.

To meet the latest challenges, tomorrow’s nonprofit leaders need new skills and networks. CNM’s 7-session Nonprofit Management Certificate program, held across a 5-month period, gives mid-level nonprofit professionals the skills to address the challenges of a changing world while preparing themselves to advance into leadership positions. Each session fosters a collaborative learning environment that encourages you to build a network of colleagues and practice new skills with your peers. During this dynamic program, facilitated by nonprofit professionals with a range of expertise and experience, you will engage in peer learning, receive one-on-one coaching, and complete a strategic improvement project to integrate your learning.

This hands-on program is highly-engaged and informative, drawing on real-life examples from participants while incorporating group and peer learning activities. Past participants have gone on to be senior leaders, executives, and nonprofit board members.

Topics include:

  • Leveraging leadership styles
  • Setting the strategic direction for sustainability
  • Facilitating strong and engaged boards and volunteer leadership
  • Creating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion with cultural sensitivity
  • Developing financial resources to meet the unique needs of the organization
  • Developing tools to manage successful teams and engaged staff
  • Understanding legal issues affecting nonprofit HR
  • Creating marketing strategies for impact

To get the most out of this program, it is recommended that participants should be in a physical environment that allows them to fully engage in the discussions, breakout sessions, and all activities.

This certificate program includes:

  • In-person and virtual sessions
  • Peer groups meetings that occur during and in-between course sessions
  • An optional one-hour individual coaching session
  • A stretegic improvement project
  • Final project presentations

At the end of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion after attending the sessions and completing their project.

The first and last sessions will be in-person at CNM’s offices in downtown Los Angeles. Sessions two through five will be held virtually, via Zoom. There is no hybrid option – participants must attend the first and last sessions in person.

This event is sold out. We invite you to check out other CNM trainings and events, or request a custom training.

Location for In-Person Sessions: Center for Nonprofit Management

1000 N Alameda St., Suite A, 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Who Should Attend: Mid and senior-level nonprofit professionals currently working in a nonprofit, with more than three years of experience, who want to understand the mechanics of running an organization, increasing partnerships with the community, and advancing their career. This program is not designed for executive directors, board members, consultants, or people interested in working for a nonprofit.

This program meets on the following Tuesdays:

  1. October 24, 2023 – in-person, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
  2. November 14, 2023 – via Zoom, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
  3. December 5, 2023 – via Zoom, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
  4. January 9, 2024 – via Zoom, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
  5. January 30, 2024 – via Zoom, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
  6. February 27, 2024 – via Zoom, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
  7. March 19, 2024 – in-person, from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Please note that Eventbrite will only populate your calendar automatically for the first session. You will need to manually add to your calendar the other 6 sessions.

Registration Fee:

  • Early Bird: $799 (ends on 10/10/23)
  • General Admission: $825


If you are a CNM member or scholarship recipient, please send an email to [email protected] to receive your discount code.

Certificate Program:

This 7-session certificate program consists of presentations, group discussions, group breakout sessions, polls, short breaks, and a project. This is an opportunity to do a deep dive into nonprofit management fundamentals and leave with the tools that you can put into practice immediately.

Main Instructor

Leslie Robin – Senior Strategist, Center for Nonprofit Management

With more than 35 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors at local and national levels, Leslie fosters change and meets social and community needs through strategic planning, leadership training, and organizational development skilling. She has coached and trained all levels of nonprofit professionals working at a myriad of organizations. At CNM, for more than 10 years, Leslie has provided leadership training, facilitation, executive coaching, and consulting to a wide range of nonprofit organizations. With 10 years of experience as an urban planner, she holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from NYU’s School of Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Business Administration.


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