Creating a community to call on for years to comeLisa Nelson-Haynes, ELC, Philly Young Playwrights"I got a sense of real community here. It was important that people I use as resources were independent from my workplace."Learn more...
Application for Ascending Leaders: September 29thKenya Gayles, ALC, Philly ASAP"NELI is really enriching. Go with an open mind and heart."The Application process is easy...
Move from managing to leadingThe Ascending Leadership Certificate ProgramPrepare to move up!
Post NELI, cohorts still stay in touchGetting acquainted on the first NELI weekend"Even though I have mentors it’s not the same as when you have a group of colleagues where you can share that same experience."Look at our experiential curriculum
We believe in the power of people to transform their lives and their communities. We know that creating change requires vision, creativity, and courage. It takes resiliency and perseverance.
That is why we are dedicated to supporting the development of nonprofit leaders. We understand that no one can create transformative change alone. We know that change makers need allies and a supportive community.
We realize that passion alone cannot create excellence. In the nonprofit world, many professionals move up because of their success in their original field of expertise. They often step into their new leadership roles without the depth of knowledge and skills they will need to really run an organization.
Because we want you to expand your potential as leaders, we create a dynamic learning environment that asks you to stretch beyond your comfort zone. We invite you to become more self-aware of your leadership style. Learning how to lead from your strengths, and how to recognize the strengths in others, we create a safe place where you can take risks, test new skills, and learn from your mistakes.
Our programs provide a balance between cultivating your growth as an individual leader and helping you strengthen your skills in organizational capacity building. Our workshops are highly interactive and inspiring. Our trainers have years of experience in the field and a deep understanding of the realities of nonprofit life.
NELI is cohort-based, because we want you to learn as much from one another as from us by discussing problems and seeking solutions. You gain a network of peers and create connections that will last beyond your graduation.