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Emerging Leaders Academy Application

CNE’s Emerging Leaders Academy is a facilitated eight-month peer learning program that aims to strengthen a new generation of nonprofit leaders.

The Emerging Leaders Academy consists of facilitated, small group sessions and one-on-one coaching sessions designed to develop participants' sense of themselves as leaders and to help participants create practical plans for their continued professional development. Curated readings and videos create a basis for discussion during group sessions, and one-on-one sessions with professional coaches enhance participants’ learning experiences.

Emerging Leaders Academy 2024-2025 will meet monthly for two hours over the course of eight months beginning in September and includes five hours of coaching sessions (to be determined between participants and coaches). Meetings will be held at CNE on Thursdays from 9-11 am on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 12, 2024
  • Thursday, October 10, 2024
  • Thursday, November 14, 2024
  • Thursday, December 12, 2024
  • Thursday, January 9, 2025
  • Thursday, February 13, 2025
  • Thursday, March 13, 2025
  • Thursday, April 10, 2025

*This program is available only to CNE Members. Not a member? Join today.  If cost is a barrier to participation, please contact Brian Ullman for information on reduced tuition options.*

Executive Directors Discussion Group (June)

Are you an Executive Director of a small, established nonprofit? Are you looking for opportunities to meet with and learn from others working in similar roles?

Our Executive Directors Discussion Group (Smaller Organizations) offers a space for peer learning and support. Come to gain a fresh perspective on your current challenges or learn about others’ approaches to the perennial problems that smaller organizations face no matter their focus area.

Group members will rely on peer support to troubleshoot real-time challenges and, in turn, provide guidance and support to their peers.

THIS PROGRAM IS INTENDED EXCLUSIVELY FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF SMALLER ORGANIZATIONS.

We understand a smaller organization to have an annual operating of less than $500,000 and/or less than 6 full-time employees. If you have questions about getting your nonprofit going, take a look at our Starting a Nonprofit Toolkit. If you are a board member interested in learning more about your role, please reach out to our staff.

Please note:

  • This meeting will take place online. Registered participants will receive an invitation via email shortly after registering.
  • Come prepared to fully engage in the material and participate in all activities. Our trainers work to create an interactive, online learning environment for all participants. For this reason, the use of video is recommended where possible.
  • CNE does not issue refunds or credit for missed trainings. Refunds will be issued for cancellations made 24 hours or more before the start of the training.
  • We will not be providing a video recording of this session.

This month’s primary topic: Engaging your board in fundraising

Marketing and Communication Discussion Group May

Are you a marketing or communications professional looking to connect and learn from your peers in other organizations? 

 

CNE’s Marketing & Communications Discussion Group provides an opportunity for folks working in communications to share challenges, swap stories, and get industry updates. Each session will focus on a different topic and include guest speakers when possible. 

 

Discussion Topic: Social media work session

Join us on May 23rd, at 9:00 am for a chance to present social media wins and lessons learned. We will analyze social media engagement and reach at your organization and talk through how to optimize the platforms you're on. For this session, attendees are encouraged to come prepared with metrics they'd like to share and/or workshop. This session will be in-person at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence- 1701-A Allied St, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

 

Special thanks to LaTasha Durrett, Senior Communications Manager at Southern Environmental Law Center, who generously coordinated these events.

Marketing and Communications Discussion Group April

Are you a marketing or communications professional looking to connect and learn from your peers in other organizations? 

 

CNE’s Marketing & Communications Discussion Group provides an opportunity for folks working in communications to share challenges, swap stories, and get industry updates. Each session will focus on a different topic and include guest speakers when possible. 

 

Discussion topic: Pitching to local media.

Join us on April 18th at 9:00 am via Zoom, for this discussion on pitching stories about your organization's work to local media. We will discuss crafting pitches, long-term media engagement strategies, and partnering for success. Come with your own successes and any upcoming pitches you are crafting and would like feedback on.

Special thanks to LaTasha Durrett, Senior Communications Manager at Southern Environmental Law Center, who generously coordinated these events. 

Leaders of Color Collective Session 4

We are excited to announce the next Leaders of Color Collective session! The Leaders of Color Collective is a program designed specifically for and by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) working in the social impact sector.

This session's topic: Microaggression and Trauma

Join us on Friday, May 17th, 2024, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm via Zoom for an empowering discussion tailored for leaders of color, delving into the effects of racial microaggressions on trauma. Explore practical strategies to navigate and address these subtle yet impactful behaviors, fostering inclusive and supportive environments for all. Together, let's amplify voices, cultivate resilience, and pave the way for a more equitable and empathetic leadership landscape.

Facilitators:

American Sign Language interpreters or other communication access accommodations are available upon request. Please submit any accommodation requests to Denisha Phipps at dphipps@thecne.org.

Strategic Social Media: Engaging Online Audiences for Nonprofits

Community engagement is a pillar of all non-profit organizations, but how does that authentic connection and partnership translate to online audiences in the age of social media? Maintaining an internet presence is one way to effectively establish your organization’s brand. Developing a social media strategy in addition to your organization’s existing communications and community engagement plans for your organization is a great way to stay connected with key partners, target audiences and potential donors.

Join us on April 23rd from 10 am-12 pm at The Equity Center – Downtown as we learn how to create and execute a social media strategy without a budget with Sydney Shuler, Communications Specialist at The Equity Center.  

During this session, offered in partnership with The Equity Center, you will learn how to:

  • Analyze social media insights to identify, engage with and expand your audience on the main social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X)
  • Create and execute an original social media strategy.
  • Create original content.
  • Work with easy-to-use tools to create graphics.
  • Repost content
  • How to make internet trends work for your organization 

If you require any accessibility accommodations, such as American Sign Language interpreters, please contact staff@thecne.org.

Marketing and Communications Discussion Group

Are you a marketing or communications professional looking to connect and learn from your peers in other organizations? 

 

CNE’s Marketing & Communications Discussion Group provides an opportunity for folks working in communications to share challenges, swap stories, and get industry updates. Each session will focus on a different topic and include guest speakers when possible. 

 

This session we will focus on Human Centered Communication. Let's explore the possibilities of what could happen when we think of delivery methods and platforms after we think of the people receiving our messages. With such a focus on systems, it could be easy to believe that human to human communication is a lost art form. However, it's making a comeback. Join us on March 28th at 9:00 am via Zoom, to learn more about the trend that is human-centered communication and how you can utilize best practices to enhance your existing communication strategies.

 

This program is open to anyone working or volunteering for a nonprofit organization. To encourage small-group discussion, registration will be limited to 15 participants. We encourage participants to register early! 

 

Special thanks to LaTasha Durrett, Senior Communications Manager at Southern Environmental Law Center, who generously coordinated these events. 

This event has reached max capacity for registrants. If you would like to join the waitlist, please click “Join the Waitlist” below!

Creating and Executing Communications Strategies

We’re all communicators. No matter your role in your organization, you need to communicate with others – maybe external audiences or that coworker down the hall (or on the Zoom!) We rely on our ability to communicate effectively. The same holds true for organizations. Big or small, in order to effectively carry out your mission, you need to be able to tell your story– in the right way, at the right time, to the right audiences. It’s what we call strategic communications. Unfortunately, many organizations don’t have the resources they think they need to undertake an effective communications strategy. Not so fast.

This workshop will show you how to use the resources you already have to carry out an ongoing communications program without a big budget dedicated to it. During the session, you’ll learn how to:

• Create and execute your own communications plan

• Develop messaging and storylines that reflect who you are

• Devise a media relations strategy that works for you

• Respond in the event of a crisis

• Create your own content

• Effectively use social media platforms

• Put technology to work for you

If you require any accessibility accommodations, such as American Sign Language interpreters, please contact staff@thecne.org.

Maximizing Donor Retention – Insights from an Online Giving Study

What if your nonprofit could retain just 10% more than the industry average of recurring givers? Not only would this help you raise more funds and meet your fundraising goals, but it’s possible to do simply by focusing on online giving tools and best practices. 

In this session, we’ll share lessons learned from our online giving study. We donated $25 to 300 organizations across the U.S. and tracked the giving experience and the thank you results. We’ll share actionable tips to improve your donation experience, landing page, receipting email, thank you process, and follow up activities. Spend less time worrying about your budget and more time on your mission!

If you require any accessibility accommodations, such as language interpreters, please contact staff@thecne.org.

Leaders of Color Collective session 3

We are excited to announce the next Leaders of Color Collective session! The Leaders of Color Collective is a program designed specifically for and by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) working in the social impact sector.

The topic of this session will be "Building and Leveraging Capital for Organizational and Professional Growth.

During this session, we will discuss the unique challenges that BIPOC leaders face when it comes to funding and sustaining their work. The aim of this session is to help you identify strategies to address staffing challenges, approach funders more effectively, build impactful collaborations, and raise capital. You will also receive a list of resources to help you meet your fund development goals. Please join us and your colleagues on March 15th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm via Zoom for this rich discussion led by Dr. Selena Cozart of Cozart Consulting, Inc. and Veronica Fleming of Veronica Fleming Consulting.

This session is free and virtual! Register today!