Advanced Non-Profit Leadership Skills Program (6 weeks)

October 09, 2024
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Embark on a transformative journey with the Advanced Non-Profit Leadership Program, tailored for senior leaders within the non-profit sector. This comprehensive program is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to effectively lead your organization towards achieving its mission and goals.

Through an engaging curriculum over six weeks, participants will delve into essential aspects of non-profit leadership, while also covering a blend of theoretical foundations and practical applications, ensuring that you are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of non-profit management.

Interactive workshops, case studies, and discussion questions will provide hands-on experience and foster a collaborative learning environment.

When: This fall! Once a week for six weeks.

Dates: October 9, 16, 23,30, November 6, and 13.

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Format: Combination of lesson content delivery, open discussion and peer support!

Where: Teams

Sign up fast - there are limited spots available!


Each of these sessions will be a blend of discussion, problem solving, and teamwork. Classes may include some limited lecturing, as well as case studies and thought exercises. There will often be pre-reading and some other limited assigned tasks.

Week 1: Course Introduction and Nonprofit Management


  • Introduction to the program and each other
  • Overview of nonprofit management principles
  • Understanding the nonprofit sector and its unique challenge

Week 4: Governance and Public Relations


  • Roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Navigating board interactions
  • Communication and building relationships with partners and community members

Week 2: Leadership and Human Resources


  • Understanding human resources management
  • Building and leading high-performing teams and structures
  • Fostering a positive organizational culture

Week 5: Administration and Program Management


  • Effective administrative practices and tools
  • Program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Risk management and compliance

Week 3: Finance, Stewardship, and Budgeting


  • Fundamentals of nonprofit financial management and reporting
  • Budget creation and management
  • Fundraising strategies and donor stewardship

Week 6:Strategy and Execution for Long-Term Success


  • Strategic planning and goal setting
  • Monitoring and evaluating organizational performance
  • Change management and adaptive leadership

Learning Objectives:

After the program, participants will be able to...

  • Describe and apply key concepts related to nonprofit administration, HR, finance, marketing, and governance
  • Recognize various differing aspects of leadership and use this knowledge to be more effective
  • Use strategic thinking and effective management practices to help achieve organizational success
  • Execute as a leader with intent and strategic alignment
  • Integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills to develop impactful leadership strategies

Who should take this course:

Senior Managers, Directors and Executive Directors.


Kevin Freedman is a national leader in the areas of governance and non-profit leadership. He is the founder and principal consultant at The Governance Guru where he helps boards do their jobs better through training, facilitation, and support. Before this, he spent several years teaching full-time in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg, including courses on non-profit management, corporate governance, ethics, and organizational behaviour, and still teaches contractually. A former executive director, he has more than 45 years of cumulative governance experience with public, non-profit, and private organizations dating back more than 15 years. He has been on the boards of the largest credit union in Manitoba, the largest school division in Manitoba, and numerous other local and national boards. Currently, he is chair of the Governance and Reconciliation, Equity, and Inclusion Committees on the board of the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg. Kevin is also an award-winning volunteer and community leader, having been recognized with a Governor General's Medal for service and the YMCA Canada Peace Medal among others. Kevin holds a master's degree in non-profit management, is an Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the International Association for Volunteer Effort. He has been teaching with Volunteer Manitoba since 2016.

Technical Requirements to Participate Virtually:

To participate, you will need a computer/mobile device with internet connection, speakers and microphone. A webcam is preferred but optional.


Volunteer Manitoba strives to host inclusive, accessible workshops that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you require any accommodations to participate in our training, please indicate so on the registration form.


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