Nonprofit Management Institute

Nonprofit Management Institute

Tuesdays, April 2 - May 7, 2024 - 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Nonprofits are essential partners within our North Carolina communities. When nonprofit organizations have a strong foundation and manage themselves well, they can focus more wholly on the services and support they bring to our communities.

That is why the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits launched the Nonprofit Management Institute, a virtual learning cohort of nonprofit executives, managers, and board leaders to assess their organizations’ management practices, identify successes and challenges, build capacity where there are gaps, and work towards long-term sustainability.

Developed from ongoing nonprofit management research and the Center’s guide, Principles & Practices: Best Practices for North Carolina Nonprofits, this 6-session series facilitates learning, discussion, and fundamental management strategies around board governance, program design and evaluation, strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, and human resources.

We appreciate our partnership with the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium that brought about the transition of this program from the Consortium to the Center to expand the content and open the opportunity to nonprofits all across the state.

Registration is now closed.

Cost for 6-Session Series: $400 for Center Members, $600 for All Others.

Cost includes a printed workbook to be mailed to each attendee.

Register two or more members of your staff and board and use code NPMITEAM to save 25%.
If cost is a barrier, please contact us at the email address below.

If you require Spanish interpretation for this 6-part series, please contact us.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page or contact us.


See all the graduates of the Nonprofit Management Institute.

Hear from graduates of our inaugural series.

Nonprofit Management Testimonial from Shana Tucker, Executive Director of Kidznotes in Durham, NC


The Program

Session 1 - Orientation, Nonprofit Management Overview, Capacity Assessment

Get an overview of the 12 fundamental management principles from the Center’s Principles & Practices guide and how they work in practice. Assess your nonprofit's current management level to establish benchmarks for improving and strengthening your organization.


Session 2 - 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


Session 3 - 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


Session 4 - 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


Session 5 - Financial Management​ and Fundraising​

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

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


Session 6 - 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


About the Facilitator

Dr. Pamela Palmer

Dr. Pamela Palmer has over 25 years of experience providing capacity-building support to nonprofit organizations as an educator, facilitator, consultant, and coach. She has collaborated with the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and Guilford Nonprofit Consortium to conceptualize and design curricula for the Nonprofit Management Institute. She has served in various roles related to leadership and management of nonprofit organizations and has consulted in the areas of capacity building, nonprofit start-up and management, program development and management, strategic planning, organizational development, staff development, program evaluation, and community development. She was previously an instructor and assistant professor of nonprofit leadership and management at High Point University. She is one of the founders and current executive director of the Guilford County Resource and Referral Center. Dr. Palmer has a Ph.D. in leadership studies and a Master of Science in human resource counseling from North Carolina A&T State University, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University.


Nonprofit Management Institute Graduates

Fall 2023 Hear from Graduates

Testimonial from Chris Leab, Dream Center for Forsyth County, about Nonprofit Management InstituteShellie Bowlin, Robin's Nest

Amy Brundle, NAMI North Carolina

Sebastian Byers, Take the Trip Foundation

Jason Carroll, Take the Trip Foundation

Michelle Chambers, North Carolina Partnership for Children

Kristie Coffer, Guilford County Partnership for Children

Nichelle Cole, Nash Edgecombe Wilson Community Action, Inc.

Staci Davis, One Place

Dori DeJong, CCME Foundation

Mary Draughn, Smart Start of Davidson County

Gwendolyn Forney, Bright Hopes, Inc.

Alisha Giggetts, Triad Health Project

Sara Glenn, Durham's Partnership for Children

Kelly Hedgecock, Greensboro Urban Ministries

Marta Hester, North Carolina Partnership for Children

Beth Hooper, FIND Outdoors

Kristina Isaac, Alternative Career Pathways

Randolph Keaton, Men and Women United for Youth and Families

Rebby Kern, Equality NC

Jillian Klingberg, Dottie Rose Foundation

Amy LaCount, The Christian Mission

Christopher Leab, Dream Center of Forsyth County

Vikki Leathers, Durham Children's Initiative

Mary Lelik, League of Women Voters of Wake County

Melissa Malkin-Weber, North Carolina Clean Energy Fund

Staci McBride, Pineville Neighbors Place

Karen Mills, Partnership for Children of Johnston County

Amanda Mitchell, Growing High Point

Jen Nelson, Operation Xcel

Kate Ogden, Dogwood Health Trust

Carrie Pasquale, Smart Start of Forsyth County

Eddie Pope, Carolina Core FC/CCSF

Erin Riney, PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Heather St. Clair, Down East Partnership for Children

Gwynn Trenck, Fusion Comp Crew

NaDene Tucker, Wilson County Partnership for Children

Megan Van Fleet, City Startup Labs

Jennifer Weiss, North Carolina Clean Energy Fund

Jameka Wells, Durham's Partnership for Children

LaWanna Wooden, One Place


Spring 2023 Hear from GraduatesTestimonial from Toyia Williams, EPIC, about Nonprofit Management Institute

André Anthony, Dorcas Ministries

Hannia Benitez, El Vínculo Hispano | The Hispanic Liaison

Kristi Bray, New Journey Now

Brittany Brown, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

Maria Calvopina, NC Congress of Latino Organizations

Kim Chambers, TROSA

Sebrina Cooke-Davis, Children's Home Society

Leslie Covington, The Carying Place

Morgan Coyner, Addiction Professionals of North Carolina

Trinisha Dean, Alliance for Children

Rebekah Dobbins, Greater High Point Food Alliance

Ginny Dropkin, HOPE NC

Jenn Galler, BREDL (Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League)

Tonya Handford, A Legacy of Hope Inc.

Yvonne Harrison, White Oak Foundation, Inc.

George Hendrix, Asociacion de Mexicanos en Carolina del Norte, Inc. (AMEXCAN)

Geny Hernández López, Colaborativa La Milpa

Reginald Holiday, City Help of the Triad

Mya Hunter, SpiritHouse South

Paola Jaramillo, Enlace Latino NC

Antoinette Kerr, Women Advance

Scott Korbin, Heart of Cary

Marlies Leggette, Communities in Partnership

Anna Meyer, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

Carla Norwood, Working Landscapes

Leslie Patterson, Court Support for Families

Angie Pena, Latino Advocacy Coalition of Henderson County

Steven Pulliam, Good Stewards of Rockingham

Denise Robinson, Environmental Justice Community Action Network

Ann Rogers, BREDL (Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League)

Joy Spencer, Equity Before Birth

April Spencer, Uptown Roxboro Group/City of Roxboro

Elaine Utin, LatinxEd

Sherri P White Williamson, Environmental Justice Community Action Network

Toyia Williams, Empowered Parents in Community

Amber Williamson, High Point Discovered

Logan Wilson, Bridge II Sports

Ayo Wilson, West End Revitalization Association

Sommer Wisher, Wake Smiles

Aleia Woodard, White Oak Foundation

Meghan Woolbright, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra


Fall 2022 ► Hear from GraduatesNonprofit Management Institute testimonial from Charmaine Blue-Singletary, Columbus County Partnership for Children

Morgan Abernathy, Downtown Belmont Development Association

Geoffrey Barton, Mountain Housing Opportunities

Cassandra Bennett, Craven Smart Start

José Bernal, FaithAction International House

John Blue, Ties for Guys Men's Ministry

Sadie Blue, Building Stronger Neighborhoods

Charmaine Blue-Singletary, Columbus County Partnership for Children

Andrea Bowens, The Bull City Woodshop

Jocelyn Brown, African American Atelier

Kim Bullard, Sandhills Children's Center

Elizabeth Byrum, NC Child

Stacey Carless, NC Counts Coalition

Connie Carr-Costin, Smart Start of Pender County

Jessica Carter, NC Smart Start

Charlene Cowell, Bleeding Disorders Foundation of North Carolina

April Cox, Rockingham County Partnership for Children

Amy Cubbage, North Carolina Partnership for Children

Rhonda Dean, Foundation For The Carolinas

Daniel D'Oleo, Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach

Leilani Dowell, Southern Vision Alliance

Pamela Federline, Partnership for Children of Cumberland County

Kimberly Gilley, Patriot Foundation

Annette Hampton, Safe Haven of Person County

Rita Henry, NC Counts Coalition

Ma'kayla Hunter, Greensboro Cerebral Palsy Association

Felix Iyoko, Raleigh Immigrant Community Inc.

Donna Jackson, Sampson County Partnership for Children

Angela Jaco, Four Square Community Action, Inc.

Hannah James, Democracy North Carolina

Julanda Jett, Partnership for Children of Cumberland County

Regina Johnson, YWCA High Point

Jess Jude, Southern Vision Alliance

Deborah Keener, Samara's Village

Mike Kennedy, Beyond Sports NC

Cassidy Lackey, Downtown Belmont Development Association

Margaret Lawrence, Bladen Smart Start - A  Partnership for Children

Angela Lewis, North Carolina Partnership for Children

Julie McKnight, Triad Health Project

Jazmin Mendoza Sosa, Communities In Schools of Chatham County

Melissa Mishoe, Down East Partnership for Children

Ashley Nowell, Town of Waxhaw

Kay Overton, Tyrrell-Washington Partnership for Children

Mary Peters, Partners for Children and Families

Caleb Ponton, Democracy North Carolina

Janet Ranheim, Love to Serve Tennis Foundation

Christina Rary, Family Crisis Council

Elizabeth Rizzo, Richmond County Partnership for Children

Tomeka Robinson, Ties for Guys Mens Ministry

Hunter Safrit, Salisbury Symphony

Itza Salazar, Triangle Bikeworks

Sara Sampson, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County

Colisha Stanford, StepUp Ministry

Carrie Thompson, Family Room Triad

Jenny Thompson, Food Bank of the Albemarle

Jana Walding, Moore County Chamber of Commerce/Sandhills Children's Center

Lauren Westin, Cabarrus Partnership for Children

Necolle Winstead, StandUp-SpeakOut NC

Michelle Yow, Charlotte ToolBank


Spring 2022  ► Hear from GraduatesNonprofit Management Testimonial from Sheila Groves, The North Carolina Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation

Sarah Almeida, Communities In Schools of North Carolina

Niki Alston, Turning Point Community Development Corporation

Patrick Barrett, The AME Zion Church

Heather Bauer, The Council on Aging of Buncombe County

Sheena Beasley, The Almond Connection

Jesica Blake, North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

Rosemary Blizzard, Election Administration Resource Center

Marlo Brooks, North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

Katrina Chance, Richmond County Partnership for Children

Joanna Chantemerle, Beginnings

Rhiannon Chavis-Wanson, Robeson County Partnership for Children

Paula Cline, Alexander County Partnership for Children

Joni Davis, Institute for Preventive Healthcare & Advocacy

Khayla Deans, The Beautiful Project

Lisa Foster, Family Promise of Davie County

Patrice Funderburg, The Center for Community Transitions

Tashani Gaskins, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

Walker Golder, North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

Francesca Hagarty, Centro Unido Latino-Americano, Inc.

Bo Hardegree, The WILL Foundation

Regina Harrell, Shepherd's Care Medical Clinic

Torrance Harrell, Shepherd's Care Medical Clinic

Michael Houck, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Heather Johnson, Council for Children's Rights

Christy Jones, Duplin County Partnership For Children

Emily Jones, Partners for Children and Families

Emma Kinyanjui, Disability Rights North Carolina

Virginia Knowlton Marcus, Disability Rights North Carolina

Erika Kofler, The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design

Madison Leatherwood, The Center For Native Health

Eric Lewis, Junction Business Services

Carole Mangum, Partnership for Children of Cumberland County

Christy McNeil, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Leah Moretz, Carolinas District of Kiwanis

Gaile Osborne, Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina

Zainab Qaabidh, Amir Institute

Margarita Ramirez, Centro Unido Latino-Americano

Eric Reece, Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team (GREAT)

Lisa Rowe, PLM Families Together

Selena Rowell, Columbus County Partnership for Children

Sophia Russell, Positive Wellness Alliance

Rick Savage, Carolina Wetlands Association

Kelly Sechrist, Election Administration Resource Center

Aditi Sethi-Brown, Center for Conscious Living & Dying

Val Short, Triangle North Healthcare Foundation

Alexandra Sirota, NC Budget & Tax Center

Jamie Southern, Bookmarks

Meredith Spaugh, Family Support Network of Central Carolina

Rose Thompson, Activate Good

Melinda Thompson-King, Coastal Horizons

Craig Wagner, Welcome Home Angel

Valerie Wallace, Partnership for Children of Wayne County

Asia Washington, Junior League of Charlotte, Inc.

Chris White, Carolinas District of Kiwanis

Dale Willetts, Coastal Horizons


Fall 2021  ► Hear from Graduates

Susan Armstrong, North Carolina Partnership for Children 

Jessica Beamon, Greensboro Literary Organization 

Jose Bernal Munoz, FaithAction International House 

Dawn Blagrove, Emancipate NC 

Morgan Bost, Children First/Communities in Schools 

Rolanda Byrd, Raleigh PACT 

Shana Carignan, L'Arche North Carolina 

Angela Carlson, Samaritan's Feet International 

Meagan Clawar, Refugee Community Partnership 

Stephen Colyer, Greensboro Literary Organization 

Carolyn D'Amelio, MDC Inc. 

Jenni Danai, Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina 

Wren Davisson, North Carolina Partnership for Children 

Allison Dejong, Abundance NC 

Crystal Depietro, Connections of Cumberland County 

Wayne Durham, Sanctuary House 

Nonprofit Management Testimonial from Ally deJong, Abundance NCGloria Garton, disAbility Resource Center 

Catherine George, Saint Saviour's Center 

Sally Gordon, United Way of Alamance County 

Julie Grill, PORCH Chapel Hill-Carboro 

Sheila Groves, The North Carolina Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation 

Brionna Harpe, Caring Services, Inc. 

Joy Harrell Goff, BUMP: The Triangle 

Becky Hebert, PORCH Chapel Hill-Carboro 

Debbie Horwitz, PORCH Chapel Hill-Carboro 

Lakeisha Johnson, North Carolina Partnership for Children 

Christina Kliesch, AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance 

Elinor Landess, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership 

Stephanie Lane, Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine 

Courtney Latta-Sosebee, North Carolina Partnership for Children 

Catherine (Catie) Lewis, North Carolina FCCLA 

Kathy Lista, The Open Door House 

Laura Lorino, L'Arche North Carolina 

Laura Malinchock, PORCH Chapel Hill-Carboro 

Amy Marion, ASAP 

Amanda Miller, Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. 

Barbara Morales Burke, Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation 

Nicholé Morgan, TheGifted Arts Inc. 

Jenna Nelson, NC Early Education Coalition 

Susan Nixon, Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership 

Bill O'Donnell, North Carolina Partnership for Children 

Gerri Odum, Stand Up- Speak Out of North Carolina 

Vann Pearsall, Psychoanalytic Center for the Carolinas 

Mia Peters, MDC Inc. 

Eliazar Posada, El Centro Hispano 

Iliana Santillan, El Pueblo Inc. 

Mitchell Summerfield, Winning Ways Inc. 

Kia Thacker, SHIFT NC 

Angelique Thompson, The Livestock Conservancy 

Valencia Toomer, School of the Arts for Boys Academy 

Chance Van Noppen, Saint Saviour's Center 

Debra Weeks, The C.W. Williams Community Health Center, Inc. 


Nonprofit Management Testimonial from Jerry Yelton, Charlotte PrideSpring 2021  ►  Hear from Graduates

Terry Albanese, Muggsy Bogues Family Foundation

Perla Ayala, Communities in Schools of Chatham County

Phil Boggan, Downtown Belmont Development Association

Arlene Brown, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Triangle NC

Heather Burkhardt, NC Coalition On Aging

Kelly Calabria, Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation

Stephanie Campbell, Life Around the Table

Sarah Cannady, NARAL Pro-Choice NC

Ashley Cone, The Cemala Foundation

Jill Cox, Communities In Schools of North Carolina

Lisa Crosslin, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

Katherine Denton, Franklin County Arts Council

Laura Dille, TABLE

Nicole Dozier, North Carolina Justice Center

Shawn Edman, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan

Anne Ehlers, NC Health News

Scott Ferris, Family Promise of Wake County

Rozalynn Fulton, Community Theatre of Greensboro

Sherrell Gales, Autism Unbound

Eshe Hamme, Equality North Carolina

Deb Harris Richardson, YWCA Greensboro

Jennifer Hermen, Operation Xcel

Andrew Hill, MountainTrue

Kendra Johnson, Equality North Carolina

Monica Kearney, Safe Space

Anna Koltchagova, ACLU of North Carolina

Julie Lanford, Cancer Services

Bethany Leighton, Canines for Service

Michelle Lewis, Life Around the Table

Jane Liebscher, United Way of Greater High Point

Giselle Mansi, YWCA High Point

Andres Mondragon, Family Service of the Piedmont

Carrie Moses, TABLE

Veronica Oakler, Clean Water for North Carolina

Laura Owen, Hospice Of Davidson County

Thomas Ray, Poe Center for Health Education

JaLisha Richmond, Thread Capital

Rebecca Slay, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS)

Angela Street, Downtown Belmont Development Association

Watsi Sutton, KCC Community Development Center

Dorian Sylvester, The Corporation of Guardianship

Ashton Tippins, TABLE

Gerard Truesdale, Crossroads: Pathways to Success

Elizabeth Underwood, UNC Asheville

Cheryl Ann Welsh, East Coast Greenway Alliance

Mike Yow, Fellowship Hall


Nonprofit Management Institute Testimonial from Fall 2020 Graduate

Fall 2020  ►  Hear from Graduates

Adriana Adams, Triad Health Project

Alana Allen, I Am A Queen

Valerie Anderson, The Emily Krzyzewski Center

Susan Azor, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

BJ Bayne, Steps to HOPE

Catena Bergevin, ArtsGreensboro

Wendy Burnette, Land Loss Prevention Project

Tammy Colson, Food Bank of the Albemarle

Matt Comer, Charlotte Pride

Jakki Davis, D-UP

Monica Daye, Stand Up- Speak Out of North Carolina

Michele Francis, Caring Services, Inc.

Lady Gasca, ISLA (Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition)

Jamie Green, Hope Haven

Kevin Hicks, Triangle Bikeworks

DeWand Hooper, Communities In Schools of Wake County

Mary Irvine, North Carolina IOLTA

Kennon Jackson, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Jayvon Johnson, Coalition for a Greater Legacy

Catherine Kastleman, Sound Rivers

Melissa Knapp, Magnolia House Foundation

Jen Knight, Balsam Mountain Trust

Lisa Lemos, Mosaic Development Group

Corrie Lisk-Hurst, Center for Visual Artists

Kelly McKee, Ready for School, Ready for Life

Nada Merghani, Charlotte Pride

Jaymie Meyer, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art

Latoya Montague, Communities In Schools of Wake County

Leslie Moorman, North Carolina Urban Forest Council

Beth Morrison, Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte, Inc.

Karen Moskowitz, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

Sharon Moyer, Partnership for Children of Cumberland County

Letha Muhammad, Education Justice Alliance

Maria Perdomo, NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad

Lynne Pierce, Southern Alamance Family Empowerment

Marisa Reeder, Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission

Jonnetta Richardson, Foot Steps Inc.

Taylor Roberts, WNC Bridge Foundation

Marquita Robertson, The Collaborative of NC

Claire Robinson, High Point LEAP

Heather Rooney, A Simple Gesture

Emma Santana-D'Andrea, Casa Tia Emma Corp

Gillian Schultz, Hemophilia of North Carolina

Elizabeth Simpson, Emancipate NC

Michael Skinner, Balsam Mountain Trust

Lucinda Smith, ISLA (Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition)

Mary Sonnenberg, Partnership for Children of Cumberland County

Andrew Spencer, Food Bank of the Albemarle

Sarah Rae St. Marie, The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County

Tanaya Suddreth Lynch, Triangle Community Foundation

Kathie Szitas, YWCA High Point

Lauren Tankersly, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas

Shana Tucker, Kidznotes

Kristy Urquhart, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Stephen Valder, Teen Health Connection

Effie Varitimidis, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Rose Wall, Balsam Mountain Trust

Noah Wood, Polk County Community Foundation

Jerry Yelton, Charlotte Pride