The Nonprofit Management Institute

The Nonprofit Management Institute

The Nonprofit Management Institute is a virtual, interactive learning cohort designed for nonprofit managers to build organizational capacity and help achieve sustainability. Developed around the Center's guide, Principles & Practices: Best Practices for North Carolina Nonprofits, the program will walk through key management topics on board governance, program design and evaluation, strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, and human resources to equip nonprofit leaders with a greater understanding of the management functions essential to the growth and development of their organizations.

Participants will celebrate completion of the program with a certificate of achievement. Continuing education credit is pending.

Sessions will be from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, September 15-October 13.


Cost for 5-Session Series: $350 for Center Members, $500 for All Others

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September 15 - Orientation, Capacity Assessment, and Nonprofit Management Overview

Get an overview of what's to come in following sessions and discover your nonprofit's current level for each practice in our "Build, Thrive, and Sustain" model from the Principles & Practices guide.


September 22 - Board Governance, and Program Design, Management & Evaluation​

Board Governance: Recruit and retain an active and diverse board of directors with working committees that provide governance and oversight while providing board training and development

  • Recruit and retain board members who are committed to providing governance and oversight while preserving the mission and pursuing the vision
  • Foster an active board of directors and working committees with diverse members who support the nonprofit with time, money, and influence while providing governance and oversight
  • Leverage an active, diverse board of directors and working committees who advance the nonprofit through strategic decision making, fundraising, innovative thinking, and ongoing board development

Program Design, Management & Evaluation: Design and manage programs in alignment with the mission with sufficient funding and human resources to achieve program outcomes as evidenced by community impact through high-quality evaluation processes

  • Design and implement programs that align with the nonprofit’s mission and vision to meet community needs
  • Manage programs with sufficient funding and human resources to achieve desired outcomes
  • Provide credible evidence of program impact through a detailed and robust assessment and evaluation process


September 29 - Strategic Planning

Develop annual plans and guide operations using a strategic plan created with key stakeholders, inclusive of goals, strategies, and outcomes to advance the mission and achieve ongoing and sustainable impact

  • Develop clear goals that support the mission and vision
  • Create and implement a strategic plan with board members, staff, and stakeholders to advance the mission and vision and guide operations
  • Commit to ongoing capacity building beyond the strategic plan to ensure sustainable community impact utilizing best nonprofit management principles and practices


October 6 - Fundraising​ and Financial Management​

Fundraising: Cultivate and steward donor relationships as a basis to acquire grants, sponsorships, and contributions for annual giving and major giving to achieve financial stability

  • Establish systems and procedures to identify, ask, and acknowledge donors for contributions
  • Cultivate donor relationships to foster consistent donor giving, secure foundation grants and corporate sponsorships, and implement an annual individual giving campaign
  • Steward donor relationships to acquire contributions through major giving, capital campaigns, and/or endowments

Financial Management: Manage financial resources by tracking and monitoring revenues and expenses, understanding and analyzing financial reports and information, and establishing a diversified revenue portfolio to achieve financial stability and maintain the public’s trust

  • Track and monitor revenue and expenses based on accurate bookkeeping, record keeping, and financial reporting
  • Understand and adhere to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and IRS accounting requirements
  • Analyze and use financial reports, data, and information to maintain a diversified revenue portfolio, guide decision making, and achieve financial stability


October 13 - Human Resources and Graduation

Maintain a knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled workforce of employees and volunteers to perform leadership and management duties and responsibilities

  • Attract knowledgeable employees and volunteers to fulfill the basic duties of the nonprofit in compliance with human resource practices and labor laws
  • Choose knowledgeable and skilled employees and volunteers to lead people and manage operations
  • Retain a knowledgeable and skilled workforce as a result of implementing a comprehensive personnel administration plan, policies, and procedures