What is ELPNO?

​ELPNO is an immersive, week-long program designed to equip nonprofit leaders to improve the effectiveness of their organizations.

As a participant, you will:

  • participate in daily workshops led by some of today’s leading nonprofit thought leaders and practitioners, engage in problem-solving scenarios, visit a high-functioning and dynamic nonprofit, and receive individual coaching;
  • have the opportunity to explore the patterns and trends occurring in the nonprofit sector as a whole while uncovering how these changes impact your organizational strategies;
  • build your personal leadership skills and abilities; and,
  • deepen your professional network by joining the impressive cadre of ELPNO alumni.

Who is it for?

ELPNO is designed to have the greatest impact on nonprofit professionals who are able to influence intermediate and long-term decision-making around mission, strategy, substantial programming, and policy.

Where does ELPNO take place?

Daily workshops are held at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development on the beautiful campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

Lodging is provided at the Georgia Center’s UGA Hotel. Both locations are minutes away from downtown Athens, shopping, and nightlife.

What is the cost?

Tuition for the week-long program is $3000 and must be paid in full by December 1, 2017.

The cost includes lodging for five nights, meals (Thursday dinner is “on your own”), and materials. We encourage participants to contact their local Community Foundation to inquire about the availability of scholarships.​

​How are applications reviewed?

There are a limited number of spaces available. Applications for the program are reviewed by faculty. Admission to the program is based on the applicant’s role in the organization, professional achievement, and the extent to which he/she can show the impact participation in ELPNO will have on organizational and professional aspirations.


January 7-12, 2018
Athens, GA

Nonprofit leaders occupy unique positions in a unique field. Laden with constantly changing—and challenging—demands, executive directors and CEOs require a distinct set of skills and strong networks of support.

The Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO) connects nonprofit executives with powerful skill building opportunities led by nationally recognized faculty.

Participants are transformed through the immersive environment that creates a community of learning with a deep focus on personal leadership development.​Upon graduation, the ELPNO Class of 2017 will join the powerful network of 183 graduates from over 130 organizations.

How do I get more information?

Diane Southwood
​Program Coordinator
(706) 542-0159


“I loved learning my strengths and weaknesses as a leader. I have so much to bring back!”

“Another eye-opening session. Learned so much about our finances and what we can be doing.”

​“I feel so lucky to be a part of this week. Thank you!”

“I truly enjoyed my experience this week. The faculty and support staff were excellent. The knowledge was rich and the passion for non-profits was evident.”​

“This provided a good perspective as I transition from the private sector.”