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


NEI Alumni - check out our events for 2020!

March 5, 2020: Self Care, with Dominique Morgan

September 10, 2020: The Mindful, Tidy, Early Riser, with Amy McCrae and Dr. Mary Petersen


Applications for Class 14 of the Nonprofit Executive Institute have closed. 

Check back in Summer, 2020 to apply for Class 15!

Questions about NEI? 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. When are the NEI sessions held?

Mandatory NEI sessions are held from 8am - 5pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month, January - November. In 2020, these dates are January 14, March 10, May 12, July 14, September 8, & November 10. 

You also have the opportunity to attend lunch and learn sessions on the NEI off months. These are optional, but strongly encouraged. In 2020, the off-sessions will be held from 11:30 - 1pm on February 11, April 14, June 9, August 11, & October 13. Lunch is provided. It is delicious.

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 in 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. Class size is limited and we receive many more applications than we have spots available. Each year we receive more applications than the year prior. We strongly encourage you to 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 current NEI Leadership Team is:

  • Kim Armstrong, Mutual of Omaha
  • Roger Garcia, Youth Emergency Services
  • Anne Herman, AVA Consulting
  • Rosey Higgs, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands
  • Anne Hindery, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands
  • John Jeanetta, Heartland Family Service
  • Anne Meysenberg, Omaha Community Foundation
  • Beth Morrissette, Parlay Consulting
  • Jaymes Sime, MICAH House
  • Paul Ternes, Peter Kiewit Foundation
  • Susan Whitfield, No More Empty Pots
  • Maggie Wood, Inclusive Communities

Q. What is tuition for NEI? Are there scholarships available?

A. Tuition for NEI is $900 for NAM members and $1,800 for not-yet members. Scholarships are not available. Full payment is expected by the first session unless special arrangements have been made. Contact Rosey to make payment arrangements if needed. 

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 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 Director, at