Where Do Non-Profit Leaders Go for Leadership Training and Support?

The Executive Leadership Program for Non-Profit Leaders (ELPNO) is a collaborative effort between UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute, Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and Georgia Tech’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship which brings together established and up-and-coming non-profit professionals for a week-long intensive workshop focused on improving leadership skills and organizational strategies. ELPNO, which convenes once a year, has been a great resource for non-profit leaders from organizations of all shapes, sizes, and missions, to broaden skills and learn the latest developments in the non-profit sector.

Leadership is a crucial element to the effectiveness and efficiency of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Recognizing the unique structure of non-profit organizations, the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development operates a program dedicated to non-profit leadership training, development, and support for individuals throughout Georgia. Topics of focus include ethical leadership, participatory evaluation, cultural competency, strategic planning, and volunteer and event management

Each year, the J.W. Fanning Institute teams up with Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and Georgia Tech’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship to offer a unique program for non-profit professionals called the Executive Leadership Program for Non-Profit Leaders (ELPNO). Now in its seventh year, the ELPNO experience brings together emerging and established non-profit leaders for a week-long intensive workshop to develop leadership and organizational capacity. Through ELPNO, participants reflect on their own leadership and develop strategies for their associated organizations. Incorporating both intensive large and small group work, the curriculum explores national non-profit trends, best practices, and frameworks for strategic leadership. Participants gain understanding of nonprofit topics such as governance, fund development, financial stewardship, ethics, and leadership competencies in the nonprofit sector.

ELPNO offer participants a platform to learn from both peers and experts with diverse experiences in non-profit leadership. Tony Walker, Executive Director of Children’s First, Athens, was quoted as saying, “ELPNO provided us with the unique opportunity to share and learn from nationally recognized experts in the non-profit world, presented in the inclusive learning environment the Fanning Institute is widely regarded for. When you combine that with the strong connections built thanks to interactive learning opportunities, I would recommend EPLNO to non-profit leaders from the smallest volunteer led community organization to multi-national NGOs.”

Delene Porter, AACF’s President/CEO also holds a position as a Public Service & Outreach Faculty member with the J.W. Fanning Institute. “AACF has come so far, so fast because of Fanning’s support,” says Porter. “AACF’s grantmaking is only as effective as the organizations we fund. Whether its peer-to-peer learning through a group such as the Boumbulian Fellows or classes and consulting through the Fanning Institute, I encourage all nonprofit leaders to take time to ‘sharpen their saw’ and bring fresh skills and tools to this work,” she adds.

In addition to ELPNO, Fanning offers one-day courses throughout the year. To learn more visit www.fanning.uga.edu.

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