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Hundreds of participants from across the country take part in the Intensive Track Program designed to give nonprofit professionals the skills and expertise needed to succeed in the sector. The Nonprofit Management Intensive Track Program periodically offers this opportunity to 34 participants. The Program explores 8 key areas of nonprofit management through courses taught by instructors who are established practitioners and scholars from a variety of disciplines within the nonprofit arena. Participants are able to complete the requirement for the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management in 8 days.
Courses include the following areas of nonprofit management: Nonprofit Organizations: Board Development and Governance, Grantwriting/Fundraising, Planning and Evaluation, Integrating Social Enterprise, Employment Law, Human Resource Development, Financial Management and Sustainable Strategic Planning. Participants are given the opportunity to discuss their own challenges and pose questions to the group in the search for guidance.
You may register online with our secure, real-time registration system or call our registration team at (919) 684-6259.
Preparatory Reading Assignments
The Intensive Track requires pre-reading. Assignments are sent to students electronically after the close of registration for each session.
Live Instructor Led Webinar Series
Jeanne Allen, Ed.S.
In order to be successful, nonprofit organizations require strong leadership from their Board of Directors. The board responsibility is to manage the corporation which includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the senior management’s effectiveness, organizational policies and procedures, and the execution of its strategies. Learn the roles and responsibilities of the board, including its paramount duties, and why board accountability requires a fully engaged and active board of directors who manage the organization. Discuss how you may increase board members’ commitment to the mission and purpose of your organization, and how boards must fulfill their legal and governance duties. This course addresses the following topics: the board’s role and responsibilities, the board and the executive director’s relationship, financial and legal responsibilities of the board, and how to recruit and select good board members.
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Grant Writing and Compliance
Ruth Peebles, MPA
This class focuses on the important elements of a grant proposal including: the cover letter, executive summary, need statement, goals and objectives, methodology, evaluation, and the budget and future funding. Learn the typical questions funders ask when considering a proposal and the criteria used. Participants will be guided through the grant’s management process - from preparation of a grant proposal to the fiscal report preparation. Topics include: monitoring and reporting requirements, fiscal management, and accountability. Practical tips for ensuring compliance and improving chances of future success will be presented. In addition to proposal writing and compliance, participants will learn strategies to diversify a nonprofit’s base through individual and corporate donor programs.
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Nonprofit-Planning and Evaluation
Sarah Heinemeier, Ph.D.
More than ever, nonprofits are under pressure to measure and report on their impact and to “manage for results” in an era of strained resources. In this session, we will present an introduction to basic principles underlying effective program planning and evaluation. We will explore important considerations in designing programs that effectively address clearly defined problems. We will discuss how to identify and refine a programmatic “theory of change” that traces the causal logic that connects the program’s activities to desired outcomes. Finally, we will identify fundamental considerations of planning and conducting major types of program evaluation.
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Social Enterprise as a Strategy for Nonprofits
Jeff Stern, MBA
Social enterprise, roughly defined as using business methods in pursuit of social impact, has grown tremendously over the past two decades. We will talk about on how nonprofits are using social enterprise - it can be a way to increase unrestricted funds or to focus on operational effectiveness and efficiency. We will start with a social entrepreneurship, and then move to the specifics of how this plays out for nonprofits, including some of the benefits and pitfalls of moving into social enterprise. There will be some time to consider these concepts in your organization (or a classmate's).
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Sustainable Strategic Planning
Wendi Goods Everson, MBA
Participants explore the strategic planning process as an important tool for nonprofit organizations. Focus will be on the basic components of a strategic plan and the planning process, as well as comparing a variety of business practice tools for an organizational assessment. Tools include the SWOT Analysis, Sustainability Matrix, and the Strategy Canvas, etc. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply various tools and examine current practices in strategic planning.
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Employment Law for Nonprofits
Larry Warner, JD, MBA
Nonprofits have an obligation to follow federal and state employment and labor laws. This course is designed to provide a practical overview of the main employment law issues that arise in nonprofit organizations. You will learn about state and federal laws that govern employment policies and practices as well as recommended guidelines for minimizing risk.
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This course provides an understanding of financial management for nonprofits and focuses on topics integral to nonprofit fiscal management. Learn finance terms as they relate to the effective operation of a nonprofit organization. Discuss how to track income and expenses to specific programs to fulfill expectations of funders, donors and the IRS. The role of the board, staff, and committees are covered. Become familiar with the standards of excellence for nonprofit organizations and gain an understanding of financial statements, budgeting, and surviving an audit.
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Nonprofit-Human Resource Development
Robert Kenney, Ph.D.
The ability to help people experience success at work creates benefits for employees, volunteers, leadership teams, organizations, and those whom your organization serves. This class addresses skills that can be used at an individual level and to better help staff with obstacles that may affect their job performance and satisfaction. Learn how to strategically respond to issues involving employee communication, motivation, delegation, and coaching; how to actively listen to and give constructive feedback to employees, volunteers, and clients; how to use team members’ individual differences to help them stay fully motivated at work; how to apply an effective step-by-step process for successful and mutually beneficial delegation with shared, defined expectations; and how to prepare for and conduct a solutions-focused coaching session that fully involves your team member to create a strategy for performance improvement.
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*Schedule is subject to change
Jeanne Allen’s expertise is Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership in the nonprofit sector. As a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, she is an expert in board development and governance and leadership. Jeanne also custom designs and facilitates engaging board and staff retreats, both online and in person, for nonprofits of various missions.
Additionally, as an Instructor in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Certificate Program she teaches several courses: Board Development and Governance, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Effective Meetings and Leadership in Nonprofits. Previously, Jeanne was Assistant Dean, Multicultural Programs at Westchester Community College, NY as well as internal consultant with Girl Scouts USA in NYC.
Ms. Allen earned an Ed.S. in Instructional Systems Technology, and MS in Adult Education from Indiana University, and a BA from UNC-CH.
John Curtis, Ph.D. is a nonprofit consultant, researcher and organizational development specialist. He is the President of IOD, Inc., which has been providing consulting services to nonprofits since 1986. His experience spans nearly 30 years and involves planning and leading organizational development projects for hundreds of organizations nationwide in the public, private and non-profit sectors. John holds a B.A. in Education, Masters in Counseling, and Ph.D. in Organizational Development.
Wendi Goods Everson, MBA, is a community development professional with 20+ years of government, nonprofit, and philanthropic experience. Everson worked for the Danville Regional Foundation and led efforts focused on civic engagement, leadership development and community building. Additional experience includes neighborhood revitalization, fair housing and youth development. She served as VP of River District Association, Chair of Fair Housing Board for City of Danville and Board member for Danville Head Start. She is a recipient of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Pace Award for excellence in community service. Ms. Everson has several years of teaching/presentation experience. She has a B.A. in Art History from Temple University, MBA from Averett University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
Sarah Heinemeier Ph.D., is a founding partner of Compass Evaluation and Research, Inc. Sarah became interested and started working in evaluation as a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a practitioner of collaborative and participatory evaluation, she loves interacting with groups and building capacity to use data as part of an ongoing commitment to improving conditions and outcomes for children, families, and communities. Ms. Heinemeier has a Master’s degree in Anthropology and a Doctorate in Social Foundations for Education from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Bob Kenney, Ph.D. is President and Founder of Partners Through Training, based in Richmond, Virginia since 1993 and has taught hundreds of classes as part of Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Program since 1995. Bob works nationally and internationally with people looking to develop practical business skills in the areas of leadership, management, and supervision; working collaboratively inside team-based environments; recruiting and retaining staff; expanding influence, motivation, and engagement; facilitating and managing in-person and remote meetings; decision making, creative problem solving, and innovation; critical thinking and emotional intelligence; and mentoring. Bob has designed and delivered professional development workshops for a variety of nonprofit clients, as well as public (local, state, and federal government) and private sector businesses. Bob has partnered with 19 centers for continuing and executive education at major universities, such as Duke University; and the Universities of North Carolina, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Maine, and Southern Maine. Bob holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in social and organizational psychology, with a specialization in small group training and organizational analysis, from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Melissa Metcalf LeRoy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Entrepreneurship with minor in Business Law from Western Carolina University. She also earned a Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Duke Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. She teaches non-profit management classes throughout North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia. Melissa is a past board member of the NC Center for Non-Profits, and is designated as a nonprofit mentor for the western region of NC. She also contributed a TEDx talk, A Love Affair: The Art of Not Asking! and offers her services as a consultant through her firm, On Fire Non-Profit Consulting.
Ruth Peebles, MPA, offers over 30 years of hands‐on experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, grant writing, organizational development and project management. She is the President and Founder of The INS Group a national consulting firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Peebles served as the Executive Director for The Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness, as the Director of Development for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina and Associate Director and Development Officer for the North Carolina Caring Program for Children. She has served as an adjunct instructor for the School of Public and International Affairs Master of Public Administration Program at North Carolina State University. Ms. Peebles holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and graduate degree in Public Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Peebles currently serves on Wake County Affiliate Board of the North Carolina Community Foundation. She is a founding member of the Next Generation of African American Philanthropists giving circle.
Jeff Stern, MBA, Jeff Stern, MBA, has worked in the social sector for over 25 years, as a volunteer, staff member, executive director and board member. He earned his MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 2003, where he focused his studies on social enterprise, strategy, and marketing. Jeff is currently Director of Business Operations for TROSA, an innovative, multi-year residential program that enables people with substance use disorders to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, experiential vocational training, education, and continuing care. Prior to TROSA, Jeff worked at the numerous nonprofits in the field of informal education, including Durham Public Schools and the Museum of Life and Science. His prior Board service experience reflects his interests in the arts, social justice and community development.
Larry Warner, JD, MBA, is the founder of Warner Law Offices, PLLC, specializes in advising small and medium businesses, with a focus on health care providers, on a variety of legal topics. Over his 30 years practicing law, Larry has worked with clients on employment matters, employee handbooks, corporate governance, licensing approvals, corporate formations, business transactions and contractual agreements. Larry holds an MBA from George Washington University and a JD from Catholic University.
|Intensive Track Webinar Class Dates||Registration Dates|
|March 13 - 20, 2023 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET)||January 3 - February 17, 2023|
|May 1 - 8, 2023 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET)||January 3 - April 7, 2023|
|June 12 - 19, 2023 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm ET)||January 3 - May 19, 2023|
|September 11 - 18, 2023 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm ET)||January 3 - August 18, 2023|
The Duke Nonprofit Management Program holds Information Sessions via teleconference to help you learn about the Program. We will discuss registration, networking in courses, earning the Certificate, and more! Free Information Sessions are available; however, it is recommended but not required that you attend one before enrolling in the program.
REGISTER ONLINE for a free session.
Teleconference Information Session
|August 11, 2023||12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET)||Course ID: 0199- 192|
|September 8, 2023||12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET)||Course ID: 0199- 193|
|October 6, 2023||12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET)||Course ID: 0199- 194|
|November 10, 2023||12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET)||Course ID: 0199- 195|
|December 8, 2023||12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET)||Course ID: 0199- 196|
To ensure an optimal online learning experience, please ensure that you have access to the following:
Tuition includes course fees and materials.
Nonprofit Management Intensive Track Program (8-day program)
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.
Your local bank may offer other options for loans or a "line of credit" service. Contact your bank for more information on financing choices.
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.
To apply for this private student loan, visit Sallie Mae’s website, and click the I’m ready to apply button. The following application should populate with the pertinent information for Duke Continuing Studies.
Please note that Wells Fargo is no longer accepting new applications for their private student loans. However, students with an outstanding balance on a Wells Fargo private student loan may be eligible to be borrowers on a new private loan. See here for details.
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.
$200 of your payment for the Intensive Track Program is nonrefundable. To receive a refund minus a processing fee for class cancellation, we must receive your cancellation request by the date specified below.
To submit a cancellation request:
Please include your name, address, phone number, and program title (Intensive Track). Refunds will be made in the manner you paid. Failure to attend the Intensive Track does not entitle you to a refund or replacement class.
|Class Dates||Refund/Transfer Deadlines|
|March 13 - 20, 2023||Friday, February 17, 2023|
|May 1 - 8, 2023||Friday, April 7, 2023|
|June 13 - 20, 2023||Friday, May 19, 2023|
|August 8 - 15, 2023||Friday, August 18, 2023|
Class starts promptly at 9:00 am each day and ends at 4:00 pm. To receive the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management on the last day of class, students are expected to be on time for class and participate fully. The Intensive Track includes preparatory reading. Assignments are sent to students electronically after the close of registration for each session.
The Nonprofit Management Program, a unit of the Duke Office of Continuing Studies, requires that students be at least 18 years of age to register for nonprofit classes. However, if you are younger than 18 years old, a part of a nonprofit organization, and wish to attend classes, contact the Nonprofit Management Program Coordinator at 919-681-1025, or Director at 919-668-6743. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.
If a check is returned for insufficient funds, we will charge a returned check fee of $35. Checks will not be resubmitted. The replacement payment must include the additional $35 and be in the form of cash, money order, or credit card.
If a course is already filled, a waiting list is usually available instead. If you are interested in placing your name on the waiting list, follow the checkout instructions to do so. If a space becomes available, a registration staff member will call you and ask if you are still interested. If you are interested, registration staff can take your payment information over the phone and complete your registration at that time.
Sometimes we have to cancel a course that does not meet minimum enrollment, or due to unforeseen events. If that happens, you will receive a full or pro-rated refund. Duke Continuing Studies reserves the right to substitute instructors or change the day a course meets.
Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline:
What is the benefit of the Intensive Track Program?
What if I have already taken open enrollment classes, can they be applied to the Intensive Track Program?
No. Due to the format of the Intensive Track Program, previously taken courses do not apply.
What is the maximum number of participants per session?
25 Virtual Classroom
Who are the instructors?
The instructors are established practitioners and scholars from a variety of disciplines within the nonprofit sector. Several hold the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management or the Duke Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.
Who are the students?
Students in the Duke Nonprofit Management Program are a diverse group of motived learners interested in developing their knowledge and skill base. Participants are employees of nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, community leaders/volunteers, individuals transitioning into the nonprofit sector from the private sector, persons from social service nonprofits, arts, membership organizations, foundations, trade associations and faith communities. The program attracts students from around the U.S. and the world.
Class sizes range from six to twenty students
What is the cost?
Tuition includes course fees and materials.
Is tuition assistance available for this program?
Tuition is due in full at time of registration. Several loan options are available. Please see the Tuition & Payment Options section for more information.
What are the requirements to complete this program?
Students must attend and participant in 100% of total sessions, complete all assigned pre-assignments provided, and pay tuition in full in order to receive the completion certificate. Classes are held ftom 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Why earn the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management?
Do you have job placement services?
Duke Continuing Studies does not offer job placement, job search, or career service assistance.