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Amy G., October 2016

Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

The Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership is a comprehensive program that offers experienced nonprofit professionals the opportunity to increase their capacity for effective entrepreneurial leadership through applied theoretical studies, executive skills training, and reflective practices in an interactive learning environment. Through this innovative curriculum, participants will:

1) Develop a greater mastery of leadership skills and increase their confidence in applying these effectively in the nonprofit workplace

2) Gain an awareness of emerging trends in the nonprofit sector, including social entrepreneurship, earned income ventures, and the evolving legal landscape

3) Master reflective practices that enhance communications, foster understanding, and lead to results

4) Develop skills to regain balance, remaining centered in the face of complexity and chaos

5) Enhance their network through an expanded leadership cohort of peers drawn from across the country

6) Create a personal leadership plan to use their refined skills to take action on changes they wish to make in their organizations and communities

Benefits

As result of their participation, graduates will be better able to:

  • Forge high-performing teams driven to achieve the mission of the organization
  • Foster within their organizations the proven practices of high impact nonprofits
  • Adopt entrepreneurial competencies of opportunity orientation, innovation, resourcefulness, and adaptive persistence
  • Lead strategic change within their organizations
  • Work with other leaders across organizations, sectors, and stakeholder groups to capitalize on opportunities for synergy in addressing critical social issues 

Graduates of the Executive Certificate program will return home equipped with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to manage in fast-paced, resource-constrained, mission-driven environments that characterize today’s nonprofit sector.

Supporters

Supported in part by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the program was created in direct response from senior nonprofit managers, board members, and many of the over 2,000 graduates of Duke University’s nationally acclaimed renowned Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. Composed of nationally known experts from Duke University and leading practitioners, our faculty provides interactive instruction, practical resources, and targeted feedback to enhance and expand participants’ skills in entrepreneurial nonprofit leadership.

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Curriculum

2017 Final Agenda (.pdf version)
Additional Readings, links or other prepatory work will be sent to students within 30 days of class start date.

Monday, October 9

8:00 – 9:00am

Opening Session
Nancy J. Love, MPA, Director, Duke Nonprofit Management Program, nl40@duke.edu
Matthew T.A. Nash, Managing Director, Social Entrepreneurship Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, mnash@duke.edu

Following a welcome by program leaders, introductions, and an on-boarding activity, we will discuss participants’ expectations for the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and identify norms and standards for our learning community.  We will conclude with an overview of the curriculum with special reference to the expectations identified earlier.

9:00 – 10:15am

Effective Leadership and the Nonprofit Executive
Matthew T.A. Nash, Managing Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

We will engage in a lively discussion of what leadership means for each of us.  Together, we will examine the special challenges of leadership in the nonprofit sector.  Finally, we will share the leadership development goals that each of us bring to the Executive Certificate program.

10:15 – 10:30am BREAK
10:30am – 12:00pm

Promising Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
Matthew T.A. Nash, Managing Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Nonprofits occupy a unique position in the organizational landscape of the United States.  Although many of the fundamental principles and practices of effective leadership apply across all sectors and forms of organization, nonprofit leaders face a distinctive set of opportunities and challenges in comparison with their counterparts in the business and government sectors.  Moreover, recent research has revealed a set of promising practices applied consistently to positive effect in many high impact nonprofits.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Engage in an interactive discussion of what leadership means for participants, and the special challenges of leadership in mission-driven organizations 
  2.  Consider how nonprofit leaders can implement internal and external practices aimed at improving the effectiveness with which the organization achieves its mission.
12:00 – 1:15pm LUNCH
1:15 – 3:15pm

The Landscape of Leadership
Oie Osterkamp, Executive Director at Ronald McDonald House, Durham NC Oie@RMHDurhamWake.org

What does it take to be a leader? A good starting place is an examination of personal learning and leadership styles and their effect on decision-making, problem solving, and communication. Each participant will complete the DISC or Myers Briggs profiles. We will then examine these frames and what they suggest about improving leadership capabilities for ourselves and for those we lead.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Use results from the inventory to understand personal learning and leadership style.
  2. Understand the variety of frames present within an organization and appreciate the value such diversity brings to leadership.
  3. Be able to use each learning/leadership style in developing approaches to leadership behaviors, problem solving, decision-making, and communication.
3:15 – 3:30pm BREAK
3:30 – 5:30pm

Entrepreneurial Leadership
Christopher Gergen, Founding Partner, HQ Community Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellow, Duke University, cgergen@hq.community

Today's nonprofit organizations cannot compete without the entrepreneurial edge.  Is your team ready?  Entrepreneurial leaders seek to integrate their life, work, and purpose through distinctively entrepreneurial behavior—and, in so doing, create extraordinary lives of significance. Are YOU ready?  In this session, the co-author of "Life Entrepreneurship: Ordinary People Leading Extraordinary Lives" will coach participants through the entrepreneurial path, including awakening to opportunity, envisioning the future, developing entrepreneurial goals and strategies, and taking action and making a difference.  We will provide vivid examples, frameworks, and strategies for helping participants create a life of service and fulfillment.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain deeper sense of personal leadership development by embracing the entrepreneurial mindset
  2. Opportunity for reflection and renewal
  3. Opportunity for performance acceleration on the personal and professional front
  4. Gain better understanding of the entrepreneurial process with a specific focus on Theory of Change
6:00 – 7:00pm DINNER
   

Tuesday, October 10

8:00 – 8:15am

Morning Check-In Session
Love & Nash

8:15 – 10:00am

Mindfulness for Social Impact 
Robyn Fehrman, MPA, Founder & Principal, 
Mindful Type A and Director of Programs, Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Fuqua School of Business, MindfulTypeA@gmail.com

Changing the world is tough.  All too often nonprofit leaders work toward multiple bottom lines, navigate competing priorities, manage multiple stakeholders, face constant resource constraints, and live every minute inundated with information – all while staring down the world’s greatest challenges. To achieve their bold visions, transformational leaders need access to a diverse set of tools and habits to help regularly cultivate focus, resilience, and joy. Mindfulness is one of those essential practices.  Through integrating mindfulness principles and practices, leaders are able to communicate more effectively, focus on what matters most, uncover innovative solutions, and make strategic decisions – even in the midst of change.
 
Key Learning Objective:

  1. Increase knowledge of introductory principles of mindfulness and their relationship with stress.
  2. Learn specific meditation techniques for cultivating focus, resilience, and joy at home and work.
  3. Practice gentle “anywhere yoga” as means for learning to focus on the present moment.
  4. Create an action plan for integrating “purposeful pauses” into the work week.
10:00 – 10:15am BREAK
10:15 –12:00pm

Managing Strategic Change
Oie Osterkamp, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald, Durham NC, Oie@RMHDurhamWake.org

Nonprofit leaders face unprecedented challenges and emerging opportunities as they engage their organizations in preparing for the future. Nonprofit leaders must seek to bring about change every day—change in their teams, organizations, and communities—but implementing change is downright difficult, as any seasoned leader would agree.  In this session, we will consider the management tactics required to create and communicate a vision for change, structure an effective process of managing change, identify and work with change agents, prepare affected individuals to embrace change, and drive the change effort to a successful conclusion that results in the increased impact of the organization.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand and be able to apply the formula for building high performing teams
  2. Understand and be able to apply strategies from First Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham and other resources
  3. Be able to use particular tools and tactics in personal leadership, board/staff leadership, or change management behaviors
12:00 – 1:15pm LUNCH
1:15pm – 3:15pm

Managing Strategic Change (continued)

3:15 – 3:30pm BREAK
3:30 – 5:45pm

Coaching Your Staff Towards Organizational Success
Benjamin Quinn, MBA, FarmBlue Ventures, Certified Business Coach, benquinn@farmblue.com

This session is designed to give nonprofit executives a clear and actionable organizational management framework that attracts, motivates, and retains the top talent, and that empowers the executive to get the greatest results out of their team. During this session, you will learn how to cultivate the “Six Characteristics of a Highly Effective Team.” We will outline a clear process you can use to successfully coach your staff to accomplish organizational objectives on time, with the resources given, and with exceptional results. As a result, participants will have an increased ability to foster and maintain a team dynamic that helps create results greater than the sum of each individual’s contribution.

Key Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn how to create a culture that attracts and nurtures the right employees needed to meet a nonprofit’s needs.
  2. Understand and support a team dynamic that helps create results greater than the sum of each individual's contribution.
  3. Create an environment where the Executive Director coaches the employee and organization to reach their maximum potential with the resources given.
6:00 – 7:00pm DINNER
   

Wednesday, October 11

8:00 – 8:15am   

Morning Check-In Session
Love & Nash

8:15 – 10:30am
 

Social Innovation 
Matthew T.A. Nash, Managing Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

What is social innovation? Universities, the media, nonprofits, and even the White House seem to be increasingly using this term, but what does it really mean? In this interactive session, nonprofit leaders will explore the core concepts of social entrepreneurship through a case study example of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus & his Grameen Bank. What can we learn from this powerful story of an entrepreneurial leader who identified an opportunity, mobilized resources, and achieved significant social impact? What can we learn from leading edge research in the emerging field of social entrepreneurship if we are seeking to have greater impact?

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and demonstrate understanding of social innovation as a promising (though still emerging) set of methods, tools, theories, and principles – with strengths and limitations – for achieving significant, lasting social change in a variety of domains and across sectors.
  2. Differentiate between social innovation and the related concepts of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises.
  3. Identify opportunities to apply the principles and tools of social innovation in their lives and work
10:30am – 10:45pm

Preparing for the Next Generation of Leaders
Moderated by Matthew T.A. Nash, Managing Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Given the impending exodus of nonprofit leaders over the next five years, it is imperative for present leaders to cultivate those who will succeed them.  In this session, a panel of emerging leaders will engage the participants in a dialogue on the motivations, ways of working, and aspirations of the rising generation.

Key Learning Objective:

  1. Participants will be better equipped to develop strategies for fostering a diverse cohort of new leaders in their organizations.
12:00 – 1:15pm LUNCH
1:15 – 3:00pm

Cultivating Effective Relations with the Board of Directors
Marty Martin, JD. MPA, Martin Law Firm, Raleigh, NC Marty_Martin@MartinLegalHelp.com
                                    
The overall landscape of nonprofit governance has changed with regulators, stakeholders including donors, and the public demanding increased expectations and accountability to ensure that nonprofit organizations achieve results. Results in the nonprofit sector arise from multiple relationships among many different stakeholders; a nonprofit’s executive leadership, and the board of directors. Through an interactive dialogue framed in part by the class participants and their interests, the class will consider how to forge effective relationships given the asymmetries in the knowledge, information, and incentives among these groups. Class participants are required to submit in advance questions and issues which will guide the class considerations and conversations, as well as readings for their classmates.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Effective relationships among the stakeholder, executive leadership, and the board chair and board of directors are critical
  2. Developing a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities is fundamental
  3. Board recruitment must be done with absolute candor.
  4. Executive directors and board must avoid becoming enablers.
  5. Passion for the mission is not enough.

3:00 – 3:15pm

3:15 – 6:15pm

BREAK

Leveraging Foundation Relationships to Produce Effective Partnerships
Melissa Spain, CEO, Community Foundation of NC East melissaspain@gmail.com

Learn what types of foundations exist and how your nonprofit may benefit from knowing them. Primary focus will be on defining community foundations in the United States. Discuss how community foundations serve as a resource for Nonprofits’ needs and what steps are critical for a Nonprofit to follow to be on the radar of their local community foundations. Special emphasis will be on “Telling Your Story” and the importance of being able to share a passionate story about Nonprofits the students represent and how Funders view that.

Key Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the types of funding resources, as well as other critical resources available to Nonprofits and how to apply.
  2. Identify the strengths a Nonprofit should aim to have to ensure it is given high consideration for funding, grants, and program partnerships by Foundations.
6:30pm Dinner/Reception (JB Duke Hotel)
 

Thursday, October 12

8:00 – 8:15am

Morning Check-In Session
Love & Nash

8:15 – 10:00am

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Culture
Suzanne Smith, Founder & CEO, Social Impact Architects suzanne@socialimpactarchitects.com

The complicated challenges facing contemporary nonprofit organizations demand a dynamic brand of leadership. An entrepreneurial outlook can help to transform the culture of nonprofits by meaningfully engaging the abilities, talents, and passions of board, staff and supporters.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Find out what culture you prefer and how it compares to others.
  2. Explore how key entrepreneurial concepts and skills that make for-profit businesses competitive can be applied to nonprofit organizations to help make them more sustainable and successful.
  3. Understand the basic elements of an entrepreneurial mindset that will offer a practical framework for entrepreneurial activities.
10:00am – 10:15pm BREAK
10:15am – 12:00pm

Social Enterprise: Is Earned Income Right for Your Organization?
Suzanne Smith, Founder & CEO, Social Impact Architects suzanne@socialimpactarchitects.com

In the face of increasing competition for limited and volatile philanthropic funding, many nonprofits are turning to earned income ventures as a potential alternative to traditional nonprofit fundraising strategies.  

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what social enterprise is and whether or not you are ready to pursue it within your organization
  2. Learn about characteristics of a successful enterprise
  3. Identify and evaluate strengths through an organizational audit and how to translate these strengths into social enterprise opportunities
  4. Engage in a process to evaluate the identified opportunities in an effort to determine which should be studied in more detail through a feasibility assessment
  5. Find out how to best pursue social enterprise in a nonprofit setting
12:00 – 1:15pm 

LUNCH

1:15 – 2:30pm

Social Enterprise: Is Earned Income Right for Your Organization? (continued)

2:30 – 3:45pm

Social Enterprise in Action: Lessons from the Trenches
Moderated by Suzanne Smith, Founder & CEO, Social Impact Architects, Suzanne@socialimpactarchitects.com / @snstexas / @socialtrendspot

A panel of leaders of entrepreneurial nonprofits will engage the participants in a dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of incorporating principles and practices of social enterprise into nonprofit strategy, operations, and culture.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand some of the practical challenges of incorporating social enterprise into nonprofit operations
  2. Identify concrete actions leaders can take to address these challenges and mitigate risks of failure to achieve mission impact and generate significant income
3:45 – 4:00pm BREAK
4:00 – 6:00pm

Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Legal Landscape
Thomas Kelley, Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, takelley@email.unc.edu
 

Nonprofit leaders must manage the affairs of their nonprofit corporation in an evolving legal landscape.  As nonprofit organizations have become more entrepreneurial, they too often have been stymied by legal and regulatory regimes that were designed for an earlier era.  In this session, participants will have an opportunity to discuss these and other issues with an expert in nonprofit law. 

Key Learning Objectives: 

  1. Develop an awareness of significant legal doctrines that impede their entrepreneurial plans, including the Commerciality Doctrine and the Intermediate Sanctions
  2. Understand the likely direction of future law reform in this area
6:00 – 7:00pm    DINNER
7:00 – 8:30pm

Breakout Groups:  Sharing Action Plans

Friday, October 13

8:00 – 8:15am   

Morning Check-In Session
Love & Nash

8:15 – 10:15am 

Collaborative Leadership
Sanyin Siang, Executive Director of the Coach K Leadership & Ethics Center (COLE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business sanyin.siang@duke.edu

As the social impact landscape becomes more interdependent and complex, collaborations between private and social services as well as among nonprofits and within organizations will be the key to success. This session explores ways of communicating the context for collaborations, building and cultivating trust through presentation, dialogue, and experiential exercises.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Embrace the skills and mindset of collaborative leadership as an imperative in seeking to achieve increased impact in your community.

10:15 – 10:30am BREAK
10:30am –12:30pm

Implicit Bias:  Personal & Professional Implications
Benjamin D. Reese, Jr, Psy.D. Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Office for Institutional Equity Duke University/Duke University Health System
ben.reese@duke.edu, http://www.duke.edu/web/equity

This session will present the rationale for the current national focus on implicit bias and its relevance for nonprofit organizations. Theories underlying the development of the process of implicit biases will be discussed along with findings from a number of research designs. Implications for decision-making will be presented, along with specific strategies aimed at helping participants better manage the impact of implicit bias on their decisions. The session will be both interactive and didactic.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand key differences between explicit & implicit bias
  2. Understand theories related to the development of personal implicit biases
  3. Gain familiarity with major research findings in the area of implicit bias
  4. Understand the impact of implicit bias on decision-making
  5. Learn strategies to manage the impact of implicit bias on our decisions
12:30 –1:30pm LUNCH
1:30 – 3:00pm

Closing Session
Love & Nash
In this session, we will bring closure to the Duke Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership program by reviewing and discussing the key themes of the week. We will also share the revised leadership development goals that each participant will commit to pursuing in the months ahead. 

The Duke Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership will be awarded.

*Some Agenda items may change

Duke University
Nonprofit Management Program
(In collaboration with the Duke Fuqua School of Business)
www.learnmore.duke.edu/nonprofit
919-668-6742
 
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Earning the Certificate

Participants will complete the Executive Certificate in five straight days – October 9-13, 2017.  The Executive Certificate is a 50-hour program that meets Monday-Friday.  Day and evening hours will apply along with team projects. 

Individuals who apply and are accepted into the Executive Certificate will participate in its comprehensive program that offers experienced nonprofit professionals the opportunity to increase their capacity for effective entrepreneurial leadership through applied theoretical studies, executive skills training, and reflective practices in an interactive learning environment. 

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Application Process

Applications for the 2017 program will be accepted beginning January 9, 2017.

The Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership is designed to deliver high impact training for seasoned nonprofit professionals whose leadership transforms organizations, communities and lives.

Eligibility

  • The Executive Certificate is open to those who hold the Certificate in Nonprofit Management and have 3 years of senior management experience.
  • It is also open to persons not holding the Certificate in Nonprofit Management but who have 5 years of senior management experience.
  • Prospective students must apply and be accepted before registering for the Program.

Application

Applications for the 2017 program will be accepted beginning January 9, 2017.

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Schedule & Registration

Schedule

2017 Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Course ID: 0461-009 - FULL
 

2018 Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Course ID: 0461-010
Class Date:  October 8-12, 2018
Application Period:  January 8, 2018 – September 6, 2018
Registration Begins:  March 13, 2018
Registration Ends:  September 7, 2018 (or until class is full)
Location:  Hilton Durham near Duke, 3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705

 

Registration

Once accepted in the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Program, participants will receive all registration information, class schedules, and materials.

For more information, please call 919-668-6742.

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Information Sessions

REGISTER ONLINE for the free teleconference information session scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
Thuesday, April 4th, 2017, 12:00 -1:00 pm
Course ID: 0462-003
Cost: Free
Call-in details provided after registration

Email Nancy Love with questions about the Executive Certificate program.

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Directions & Accommodations

Directions

JB Duke Hotel 230 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Accommodations

Students are responsible for lodging expenses.

A block of rooms is held at the J B Duke Hotel near the Duke Fuqua School of Business, 230 Science Drive, Durham NC at a rate of $180 per night until 5pm on September 15, 2017. Reservations for a room received after September 15, 2017 will be provided on a space available basis at prevailing rates.

After registering for the Executive Certificate, you can reserve your hotel room online here or by contacting the Washington Duke Inn at (919) 490-0999 or (800) 443-3853 and requesting JB Duke reservations. Please reference Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership - Group ID: 565241.

Students who arrive earlier than October 8, 2017 or who stays beyond October 14, 2017 are responsible for expenses incurred at the prevailing rate.  The Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Program begins at 8:00 am on Monday, October 9, 2017 and ends at 3:00 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017.

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Tuition & Funding Sources

Tuition

$3750

Duke Employee Discount

  • Employee fee is 10% off the fee of $3750 ($375 off)
    Duke employee pays fee of $3375 for program.
    • Eligibility – Who Should Apply
      Applicants with a Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management plus 3 years of senior management experience.
    • Applicants without a Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management but have 5 years of senior management experience.
  • Application Required:  Prospective students must apply and be accepted before registering for Program.
  • Upon acceptance, student must register and pay in order to confirm a seat in the class. 
    Questions:  Contact Nonprofit Management Program staff at 919-668-6742 or 919-668-6743.  

Discount must be requested and applied during the registration process.

Funding Sources

Our Nonprofit Management Programs (Intensive Track and Executive Certificate* in Nonprofit Leadership) are non-credit (not degree applicable); therefore, they are NOT eligible for federal loans. DO NOT SUBMIT FAFSA FORMS for these programs. Please see individual program web pages for those details. You may qualify for other loan options. Please see info below.

*Students must apply & be accepted into the Executive Certificate Program before registering.

No loans (Wells Fargo Graduate loan, Sallie Mae Smart Option Undergraduate loan, etc.) can be construed to imply any degree-seeking status for students of Duke Continuing studies. Duke Continuing Studies courses are non-credit.

Loan Options

Your local bank may offer other options for loans or a "line of credit" service. Contact your bank for more information on financing choices.

Other Funding Sources

The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time. Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan

To apply for this private student loan, visit Sallie Mae’s website, select the Undergraduate Student Loan and then click Apply Now.   The following application should populate with the pertinent information for Duke Continuing Studies.

•    Scroll over Student Loans on the top of screen
•    Select Smart Option Student Loan under Undergraduate Student Loans
•    Click Get Started
•    Fill out Student General Information
•    Fill out Permanent Address
•    Fill out School Information

•    DUKE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES, DURHAM, NC, 00292099 should already have populated for the school
•    Select Certificate for Degree/Certificate of Study
•    Select your Specialty or select Other if it is not shown in the options
•    Select Half Time for Enrollment Status
•    Select Certificate/Continuing Ed for Grade Level
•    Enter your Academic Period of the Loan
•    Enter your Anticipated Graduation / Completion

•     Follow the remaining loan application prompts

Wells Fargo Graduate Loan

For information on the Wells Fargo Graduate Loan, please see this Disclosure document. To apply for this loan, visit Wells Fargo. Duke Continuing Studies will be required to certify your loan application for the Graduate Loan should you be approved by Wells Fargo.

You will need to enter the following information after clicking on Apply Now in the Before Starting Your Application section:

  • Find a loan for: Graduate School Expenses
  • I am a: Student
  • School state: North Carolina
  • School name: please type Duke University Continuing Education
  • Grade Level: Beyond 3rd Year Graduate
  • Field of Study: Undecided or select Other and type in the field of study
  • Citizenship: Select as appropriate

Montgomery G.I. Bill (VA)

Educational assistance is available to those persons who qualify under the conditions set forth by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Students may contact 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor or visit the G.I. Bill website

At this time, the only program that has applied for and been approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for VA funding is the classroom-based Paralegal Certificate Program.  Those students who qualify for funding through the VA should apply for the paralegal program and let the DCS registration office know that this type of funding is being sought. The DCS registration office will then put Paralegal students in contact with Duke University’s VA official.  Any questions about VA program approval should be directed to individual program directors.

Workforce Investment Act

The WIA provides professional and basic skills training services to those who have been unable to find employment. Please keep in mind that this process can be lengthy, so plan to apply well in advance of the program start date.  For more information on eligibility, the application process, or to find your local Workforce Development Board, visit the NC JobLink Career Center website.

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Education Awards are available only for AmeriCorps volunteers and can be used for educational expenses for non-degree courses, such as Continuing Education courses offered by qualified schools. For more information on qualified schools and programs, contact the National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677, or visit the FAQ page of the AmeriCorps website.

Scholarships

The Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Program will offer a $750 scholarship to Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management graduates. To apply, indicate that you have the Certificate on your application. Staff will verify and contact you. Please apply early to guarantee consideration.

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Policies & Procedures

Refund Policy

$200 of your tuition for the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership is nonrefundable.  To receive a refund minus a processing fee for class cancellation, we must receive your written cancellation request by Friday, September 9, 2016. 

To submit a cancellation request:

 Email: learnmore@duke.edu
 Fax:    919-681-8235
 Mail:   Registration - Duke Continuing Studies
             Box 90700
             Durham, NC 27708-0700

Please include your name, address, phone number, and program title (Executive Certificate). Refunds will be made in the manner you paid. Failure to attend the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership class does not entitle you to a refund or replacement class.

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