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I chose Duke because I wanted a high quality, intellectually stimulating, and relevant learning experience in emerging trends and scholarship. I loved the experience.

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


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.


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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2016 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 10

8:00 – 9:00am

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

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
Jeanne Allen,

Jeanne is a Board Source Certified Governance Consultant, and expert on effective board development and governance.  Her passion is at the intersection of Strategy, Innovation, Leadership and Technology in the nonprofit sector.   Ms. Allen’s consulting and training focuses on nonprofit capacity building in these areas: Board Governance/Development, Strategic Planning, and Change Management.  Jeanne writes for Non Profit Quarterly (NPQ) and on the Editorial Board for Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).   As a volunteer, Jeanne is a local organizer for NCTech4Good, a gathering of persons who are interested in technology for social good and in the nonprofit sector.

What does it take to be a leader, especially in the digital age?  The class will explore a framework with three parts: Knowing Self, Leading Others, and Building Movements. We will examine what this suggests about facilitating our own leadership development and for improving leadership capacities of those we lead.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify strategies for creating personal leadership development plan in the digital workplace
  2. Discuss tips and tools for leading others and building movements. 
3:15 – 3:30pm BREAK
3:30 – 5:30pm

Entrepreneurial Leadership
Christopher Gergen, Founding Partner, HQ Community Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellow, Duke University,

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
5:30 – 5:45pm

Overview of Breakout Groups 
Matthew T.A. Nash, Managing Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

6:00 – 7:00pm DINNER
7:15 – 8:45pm Breakout Groups

Tuesday, October 11

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,

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

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
10:30 –12:00pm

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

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 – 6:00pm

Cultivating Effective Relations with the Board of Directors
Marty Martin, J.D., MPA, Martin Law Firm, Raleigh

Marty focuses on providing legal services and board training for nonprofit and tax exempt organizations nationally. He combines his unique combination of a lawyer’s skills, a nonprofit practitioner’s experience, and advanced training in nonprofit organizations to help groups achieve their mission. He served on the national Internal Revenue Service’s Advisory Committee for Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT).  During his service he advised the IRS Exempt Organization senior leadership and co-authored several reports. Marty is a graduate of and a senior instructor for the Duke Nonprofit Management program, a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, and a Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) certified facilitator.  He frequently writes and speaks on topics related to nonprofit organizations. Marty received a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in managing nonprofit and public sector organization from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from Western New England University School of Law.

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 that 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. Develop 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
6:00 – 7:00pm DINNER
7:00 – 8:30pm

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

What is social entrepreneurship?  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 and 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?  How can participants apply the principles of social entrepreneurship in their lives and work?

Wednesday, October 12

8:00 – 8:15am   

Morning Check-In Session
Love & Nash

8:15 – 11:15am
(with break)  

Managing Diversity and Sustaining a Culture of Inclusion             
Inderdeep Chatrath, Ph.D.,

Dr. Inderdeep Chatrath is the assistant vice president of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs in the Office for Institutional Equity, Duke University and Duke University Health System.  She is responsible for designing studies, compiling and reporting institutional data pursuant to federal regulations, and coordinating research and evaluation studies to identify progress and trends.  During her tenure at Duke, Dr. Chatrath has been responsible for institutional research functions, managed programs for harassment prevention, diversity, and disability management. She is an active member of the American Association for access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) and is actively involved in evaluating, developing and teaching courses for the AAAED Professional Development and Training Institute.  

As the national and the world landscape changes, the future workplace and communities will inevitably become more diverse. Emerging dimensions of diversity will pose both opportunities and formidable challenges to sustain organizational effectiveness, especially in the non-profit sector. Only through heightened awareness and deliberate efforts will organizations successfully leverage diversity to support an inclusive and high performing organizational culture.
While diversity is a value among corporate leaders, and a much sought after institutional imperative among public and private organizations, the conceptual framework for fully leveraging diversity and weaving it into the fiber of organizational culture eludes the leadership. This session will emphasize the role of leaders and key stakeholders to consider diversity and inclusion to innovate and solve complex problems.

We will explore strategies to use qualitative and quantitative data to move beyond the typical “moral-driven” framework of “it is the right thing to do” to a robust strategic driven framework based on compelling interest and a business case to build an inclusive and diverse organizational culture.

Based on research and best practices, we will discuss the key levers to strategically weave diversity and inclusion more deliberately into the organizational cultures. These key levers include:  Creating an Infrastructure; Leadership Engagement and Accountability; Fostering an Inclusive Climate; and Developing Processes and Systems to monitor progress.

The session will conclude with a discussion of effectively engaging institutional leadership to champion the values of diversity and to promote a business case for an organizational culture that will meet the expectation of both internal and external audiences.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an appreciation for diversity and inclusion as key drivers for institutional excellence
  2. Understand diversity as a key element and fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the organization
  3. Develop strategies to effectively engage the boards, leadership teams, and other decision makers to champion diversity as a core organizational value
  4. Identify your role as a change agent.
  5. Develop and implement strategies to fully leverage institutional resources and build alliances with key stake holders
11:15am – 12:30pm

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:
Participants will be better equipped to develop strategies for fostering a diverse cohort of new leaders in their organizations.

12:30 – 1:45pm LUNCH
1:45 – 4:15pm

Coaching Your Staff towards Organizational Success
Benjamin Quinn, MBA, FarmBlue Ventures, Certified Business Coach
Benjamin Quinn, of FarmBlue Ventures, is a certified business coach who helps organizations increase their profitability, hire and retain excellent employees, and systematize their operations. As an entrepreneur and Advisor, he has helped to launch, and grown over 100 not-for-profit and for-profit organizations since 1999. Mr. Quinn has delivered customized training programs to students and staff at UNC, Duke, NCA&T, The Danville Regional Foundation, The Harvest Foundation, and numerous other organizations. Benjamin Quinn is a graduate of Stanford University and earned an MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship from The Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

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
4:15 – 5:45pm

Using Social Media to Extend the Voice and Impact of Your Nonprofit
Jeanne Allen,

How can you get the board actively engaged in using social media and other online tools? Key board responsibilities will be matched to various social sharing platforms.  We will explore how to use different tools in conducting board business, recruiting new members and seeing your board involved in new ways.  Nonprofits are becoming more strategic in how they incorporate these digital engagement strategies across the organization.   Using curated examples from nonprofits, you’ll get a chance to see how others are experimenting, to share ideas with others, and identify some easy starting points. 

Key Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discuss examples of how boards are using social media
  2. Relate board roles to various social media platforms
  3. Identify strategies for helping your board become engaged with social media
6:00pm Dinner/Reception (Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club)

Thursday, October 13

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 Smith (@snstexas) has a deep belief that everyone is a change maker.  In 2009, Suzanne founded Social Impact Architects, a registered Benefit Corporation, to reshape the business of social change. She combines her MBA know-how with two decades of experience as a nonprofit innovator to serve as a consultant, advisor and thought partner. She is also an educator and highly sought-after public speaker at conferences nationwide and was recently a featured speaker at TEDxTurtleCreekWomen. Author of Social TrendSpotter (@socialtrendspot), one of the sector’s top blogs according to the Huffington Post, Suzanne is frequently interviewed by regional and national media to share her expertise on social entrepreneurship and has published articles in Forbes, See Change, Nonprofit Business Advisor, Upstart and Grantmakers in Health. Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

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

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 


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, / @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,
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 14

8:00 – 8:15am   

Morning Check-In Session
Love & Nash

8:15 – 10:15am 

Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations 
Hudson Fuller, J.D., MPH, 

Hudson Fuller has spent 25 years working in the nonprofit sector.  She is a licensed attorney who has served on several nonprofit boards and as the executive director of two nonprofits.  She was one of the founders of the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County and many years later, facilitated the successful merger of that agency with another nonprofit.  She earned the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management in 2002. 

Maintaining the public’s trust is crucial to a nonprofit's continued work and yet the misdeeds of a few have eroded the public's trust in all nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits rely heavily on their good reputation to raise money and develop services in the community. As such, nonprofit leaders must be aware of various ethical risks and dilemmas that nonprofits may face. In this session, we will look at why nonprofits are so vulnerable to unethical behavior and strategies for promoting ethical cultures within nonprofits. 

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify areas of risk exposure for unethical behavior in nonprofit organizations

  2. Identify steps nonprofits can take to avoid ethical pitfalls including developing conflicts of interest policies and sound fiscal policies

  3. Understand the components of a deliberative process for analyzing ethical dilemmas

  4. Identify key components of ethical leadership

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

Mindfulness for Social Impact
Robyn Fehrman, MPA, Founder & Principal

Mindful Type A and Director of Programs, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Fuqua School of Business,

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 Objectives:

  1. Increase knowledge of introductory principles of mindfulness
  2. Learn specific meditation techniques for cultivating focus, resilience, and joy at home and at work
  3. Practice gentle, everyday mindful movement a as a physical means for learning to focus on present moment
  4. Gain access to curated resources for continued learning
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.

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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.


  • 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.


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

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Schedule & Registration


2017 Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Course ID: 0461-009
Class Date:  October 9-13, 2017
Application Period:  January 9, 2017 – September 7, 2017
Registration Begins:  March 13, 2017
Registration Ends:  September 8, 2017 (or until class is full)
Location:  JB Duke Hotel, 230 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708


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


JB Duke Hotel 230 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708


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



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.
  • Application:  
  • 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 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.


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:

 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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