Where nonprofit leaders go to learn

Nonprofits need leaders today more than ever – and at every level.

With limited resources, nonprofits demand that every employee and volunteer be able to lead projects, take on extra responsibility, manage people, make goals… and make sure everyone involved is totally happy. Not a small task.

Lucky for us, there are a number of leadership training opportunities with the nonprofit leader in mind.

Leadership training for nonprofits

Leadership Austin – LA’s best at providing an in-depth look at the social and civic issues facing Central Texas. They bring in leaders from every sector to discuss issues like education, transportation, water use, affordability, the new city council structure and more. And they make this information available in a variety of formats.

Their monthly Engage Breakfasts are open to anyone and present a panel of experts to discuss a certain topic. Experience Austin is a full-day, five-week program, also open to anyone, and it goes a little bit deeper into they region’s major issues. The Emerge program targets young professionals who apply to participate. It lasts over six evenings and requires participants to also complete community activities. And finally the Essential Class program is a nine-month program that also requires two overnight retreats. Participants apply to this program, complete a community activity and learn as much about their leadership and work style as they do about the region’s most pressing issues.


SOS Leadership – SOS’s focus is purely on leadership training but in that regard it can offer it to organizations as well as individuals. For organizations, they can help with leadership, management, coaching, goal setting, time management, communication, personal responsibility, servant leadership and more.

One of their most popular programs focuses on creating women leaders, its “Leading Ladies” program. The core of this program is a series of meetings that take places once a month with 30 minutes of motivation and discussion, followed by 30 minutes of networking.


Volunteer Project Leader Training – Offered by Hands On Central Texas, this is a course that helps transform casual volunteers into active community leaders by equipping participants with the leadership skills and tools they need to make meaningful and lasting change in their communities. Most courses are about two hours and cover topics from organizing, creating a great volunteer event and keeping volunteers happy.


Greenlights Board Essentials – Serving on a nonprofit board is serious business and not to be taken lightly. Most board members don’t take the time to learn their role and responsibilities before they sign on, but in most cases the nonprofit itself offers training. That being said, bigger board roles may require a bit more education, and that’s where Greenlights comes in.

Tara Levy has been leading these sessions for years, going over the Top 10 roles and responsibilities of board members as well as delving into the board’s role as oversight of the organization.

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