Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Nonprofit leaders

Nonprofit leaders today face a variety of challenges: new funder requirements, higher donor expectations, tighter budgets, complex social problems, generational clashes within our own staffs, and increased competition for resources. The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate provides leaders with business skills that equip them to meet these challenges and lead organizations through uncertain and changing contexts.

Innovative Approaches to the Business of Nonprofits

All sessions will be held from 8:30 am to noon, with a graduation luncheon on the last day from noon to 1 pm. 

Location: Muzzy Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab, McClelland Hall 113, 1130 E. Helen St. Tucson, Arizona 85721.

NextGen Leadership: Creating a Culture of Innovation, Trust and Empowerment

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

Using Lean Launch Principles to Measure Impact: How Do You Know Your Work is Making a Difference? 

What Program Managers Need to Know About Accounting and Finance 

  • Co-facilitators: Michael McDonald, CEO, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and Heather Altman, Lecturer, Eller College of Management 

Cultivating Well-being and Ensuring Self Care: Keys to Thriving in the Non-Profit World 

Who Should Attend?

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program was developed for mid-level nonprofit leaders in dynamic and challenging business environments, but senior and emerging leaders will also benefit from these business leadership concepts.

The program launched in 2016, and 98% of current graduates report that they would recommend it to their colleagues. 


  • 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



"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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Fall 17 Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Flyer

The cost for the Certificate Program is $500 per person. A participant may attend individual sessions for $150 per session.

Organizations are encouraged to send multiple people in order to achieve the biggest impact. The cost for 2-4 people from the same organization is $400 per person and for 5-10 people the cost is $300 per person.

A maximum of 40 participants can attend, so register as soon as you can! Register and pay by clicking the button below, which opens the registration website in a new window or tab:


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For more information, email Cindi Gilliland at