Are you an executive director, lead staff, or sole employee, of a small nonprofit? Are you looking for opportunities to meet with and learn from others working in similar roles?

This discussion group aims to support the executive directors of smaller nonprofits who often share a distinct set of challenges with one another.

This program 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.

Each session, one participant will take on the role of discussion lead (supported by CNE staff) and come prepared with questions or problems to help generate conversation. The latter half of the session will be open for discussion(s) related to participants pressing concerns/questions, providing an opportunity to get feedback on a project or just vent your frustrations to a sympathetic audience.

This program is intended for executive directors or sole staff members from smaller nonprofit organizations. We understand a smaller organization to have an annual operating less than $500,000 and/or less than 6 full-time employees.

During an initial planning meeting, participants identified the following areas as potential topics for future discussion:

  • Organizational Culture & Staff Management
  • Fundraising & Grant Writing
  • Board Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Collaboration & Community Engagement

This informal group will meet from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Friday mornings once every month. Consistent participation is welcome, but not required.

We ask that all participants register to help us maintain a manageable number of participants for each session. See our list of upcoming trainings to register for the next session.

If you interested in learning more about this program please contact Senior Manager of Learning and Impact, Brian T. Ullman,


Contact Senior Manager of Learning & Impact, Brian Ullman.