Nonprofit Executive Institute
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The Nonprofit Executive Institute (NEI) is an eleven-month leadership program designed to offer nonprofit leaders skills and strategies to enhance organizational sustainability and transform the communities they serve. This program focuses on capacity building seminars which develop:         

  • Visionary Leadership        
  • Prosperous Leadership         
  • Strategic Leadership         
  • Innovative Leadership        
  • Public Leadership
  • Ethical Leadership

The Nonprofit Executive Institute is intended for people in nonprofit leadership positions who want to expand their professional network and gain tactical skills. 

 

“Participating in NEI provided solid on the job training while giving me time to build relationships with and learn from other nonprofit leaders.”
     Michelle Zych
     Executive Director
     Women's Fund of Omaha


The application for Class 13 (2019) is OPEN

Completed applications are due Friday, August 3, 2018. A completed application includes the online form AND an updated resume. Email resumes to training@nonprofitam.org.

Questions? Review the FAQ below. 

Application Questions & Information

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. Who is the ideal candidate for NEI?

A. NEI is intended for nonprofit professionals who hold leadership positions and who wish to expand their network and enhance their tactical skills. The ideal NEI candidate has a demonstrated history of nonprofit leadership. 

Q. I applied to NEI in the past but I was not accepted. Should I apply again?

A. Yes, please do.There are many 'moving parts' to class selection and many different factors considered when determining the make up of each year's class. Due to our limited class size, many qualified people are not accepted. If you are interested NEI and able to make the commitment to attend each session, you should apply regardless of past application status. 

Q. I am not a nonprofit executive [yet]. Should I apply?

A. If you currently or previously have held leadership positions and aspire to lead a nonprofit organization, you should apply. NEI is not appropriate for nonprofit professionals who hold or have held primarily entry-level positions. 

Q. I am new to the nonprofit sector but have held leadership positions in the corporate sector. Will NEI benefit me?

A. Yes. While there are similarities in the skills needed to lead in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, nonprofits are unique in many ways. NEI will help you become familiar with what you need to know to run a nonprofit and expand your network of nonprofit peers. 

Q. Just how competitive is the selection process?

A. Quite. We accept 16 people in each class and receive enough applications to fill several classes. Each year we receive more applications than the year prior. We strongly suggest you bring your A Game when filling out your application. Answer the application questions thoughtfully and carefully and make sure your resume is updated before sending it. 

Q. I want to apply but I'm not sure I can attend every session. Is attendance mandatory?

A. Yes. We take attendance seriously. Participants are expected to attend every regular NEI session. The strength of the cohort and the quality of the learning experience depends on your presence. Participants may miss one full session. Arriving late or leaving early counts as a missed half session. Participants missing more than one full session will be removed from the current class and invited to apply for next year's class. Refunds will not be given.

Besides, we miss you when you're gone. 

Q. Who selects the NEI Class?

A. The class is selected by the nonprofit rock stars that make up the NEI Leadership Team. This team consists of volunteers from across the nonprofit sector who are NEI alumni. The list of current NEI Leadership Team members is on the first page of the Application Questions and Information document linked above. 

Q. I'm ready to apply! What do I do?

A. First, make sure your resume is updated. Next, review the application questions and  carefully prepare your answers. We suggest you prepare your answers in a separate document then paste them into the online portal.The questions can be viewed using the 'Application Questions and Information' link above. Then, when you're ready, go HERE to submit your application. After you've submitted the online application, email a pdf of your resume to training@nonprofitam.org. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, Aug 3. Once all that is done, make yourself a snack. You deserve it. I suggest nachos

Q. I have more questions. Who can I ask?

A. Rosey Higgs, NAM Program Manager, at rosey@nonprofitam.org.