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 thought leaders and practitioners;
  • engage in problem-solving scenarios;
  • explore the patterns and trends within the nonprofit sector;
  • 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.

What is the cost?

Tuition of $4,000 for the week-long program must be paid in full upon acceptance.  The cost includes lodging for five nights, meals (Monday and Thursday dinner are “on your own”), and materials.

​How are applications reviewed?

There are a limited number of spaces available.  Applications for the program are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and will be reviewed as they are submitted.  It is recommended to submit your application as early as possible for acceptance.  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 she/he can show the impact participation in ELPNO will have on organizational and professional aspirations.  The final application deadline is Nov. 1.


January 12-17, 2025
Athens, GA

Khi Jaggie
​Program Operations Coordinator
(706) 542-5611


“I have a clearer vision of the nonprofit leader that I strive to become and the confidence to get there.”

“Life changing – transformational! I had no idea the personal growth I’d experience.”

​“I’ve heard countless presentations on board topics and this was by far the best, with tangible takeaways and practical information that I can actually apply.”

“I gained immense knowledge, a renewed sense of purpose and a lifelong commitment to nonprofit.”​

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

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