Nonprofit leaders looking to develop their personal leadership skills and make their organizations more effective are encouraged to apply today for the 2018 Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO).

ELPNO is scheduled for January 7-12, 2018, at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Georgia.

Designed for established and emerging executive leaders at nonprofit organizations, ELPNO gives participants the chance to learn from nationally recognized faculty on topics such as governance and financial leadership, personal leadership, strategic leadership, and resource development strategies.

Also, attendees will participate in workshops and build their professional network by connecting with fellow participants and more than 200 graduates representing over 130 organizations who have completed ELPNO.

“We are excited for this year’s ELPNO,” said Janet Rechtman, a senior public service associate at the Fanning Institute. “Participants have the benefit of hearing and learning from nationally recognized experts and from each other. Both sides are equally important to the ELPNO experience.”

ELPNO is a program that can benefit leaders in nonprofit organizations of all sizes, said Rechtman.

“Some of the largest nonprofit organizations use ELPNO as part of their leadership succession strategy, making sure they have a pipeline to move people into senior management,” she said. “Smaller nonprofits talk about the importance of ELPNO in helping to ensure the stability of their organizations, and board leaders also benefit from ELPNO because it deepens their understanding of their organizations and the day-to-day challenges nonprofits face.”

ELPNO also builds a sense of nonprofit identity and pride for their organizations and the roles they play in their communities, said Rechtman, who noted virtually all participants report improved leadership abilities after attending ELPNO.

“The ELPNO program provided me with access to national and regional experts,” said Greg Gerhard, former Director of Grantmaker Education and Strategic Partnerships, Southeastern Council of Foundations. “The content could not have been more thoughtfully structured. The nonprofit community, perhaps more than any other community, is hungry for capable, thoughtful, and strategic leaders. ELPNO offers our nonprofit community a real chance to ensure ensure the stability of the important work of nonprofit organizations.”

Space is limited and faculty members review all program applications.

Applicants are admitted into the program based on their role in their nonprofit organization, their professional achievement, and the extent to which they can show the impact participation in ELPNO will have on their organizational and professional aspirations.

Tuition for the weeklong program is $3,000 and must be paid in full by December 10, 2017. This cost includes materials, lodging, and most meals.

ELPNO is a partnership between the Fanning Institute, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, and the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech.

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