Certificate for Nonprofit Leadership Development
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Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Development

September 2024 - May 2025

2nd Thursday of each month, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Viterbo University’s Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Development (CNLD) prepares you to become a better nonprofit partner as well as a more valuable contributor to the broader La Crosse community.

Through real-world case studies, small group discussions and interactive presentations, CNLD will help you approach your nonprofit duties with a better understanding of how nonprofits function and the issues they face in today’s complex environment.  You will gain a deeper understanding of how effective nonprofits and their boards function and will be able to incorporate broader strategic considerations into your nonprofit work.  CNLD provides the tools and insight you will need to contribute at a higher level and spend your time providing forward-thinking leadership.

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Who should attend?

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    Nonprofit staff and administrators (most appropriate for those with 1-5 years of service)
  • People interested in volunteering for nonprofit board service
  • Newer board members looking to develop a broader understanding of board functions and responsibilities
  • Church board members, staff, and administrators
  • Experienced board members looking to sharpen their skills, recharge their commitment to board service, and connect with like-minded individuals who face common issues

Learning Outcomes

Participants who complete the full Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Development program will be armed with the knowledge they need to make well-reasoned decisions, comfortably navigate ever-complex legal and regulatory issues, and effectively carry out the duties of a fiduciary or trustee. Those who complete the program will be better suited for leadership roles.


The CNLD is comprised of nine workshops and will meet on the second Thursday of each month, September through May, from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm on the Viterbo University Campus.  Light refreshments will be served from 8:00 - 8:30 am.

Curriculum & Facilitators

Sessions will be led by nonprofit community experts and Viterbo faculty members. Each participant will also be matched with a local nonprofit expert mentor who they will meet with periodically throughout the program to assist them with the completion of a self-guided capstone project.  Facilitators for the 24/25 cohort are not yet confirmed but will include local expert professionals who have practical experience and will be announced soon.

  • Session 1: Legal Issues, Ethics, and Values in the NPO Sector (September 12, 2024)
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      Session2: Leadership is Who You Are (October 10, 2024)
    • Session 3: NPO Boards and Governance (November 14, 2024)
    • Session 4: Financial Management (December 12, 2024)
    • Session 5: Fundraising and Revenue Development (January 09, 2025)
    • Session 6: Inclusion Strategies for NPOs (February 13, 2025)
    • Session 7: Organizational Development, Program Performance Measurement, and Evaluation (March 13, 2025)
    • Session 8: Human Resources (April 10, 2025)
    • Session 9: Capstone Presentations & Celebration Banquet (May 2025)

    To receive a Certificate of Completion, participants need to attend no less than seven of the first eight sessions, participate in a pre-program self-assessment exercise, select and complete a self-guided capstone project under the guidance of a mentor, and attend the Capstone Presentations & Celebration Banquet during session nine.


    The deadline for submitting a scholarship for our 2024/2025 cohort is July 15, 2024. Scholarship recipients will be notified in August 2024.

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    Organizations Served

    Adult & Teen Challenge of Western Wisconsin 

    Great Rivers United Way

    La Crosse Chamber Chorale

    Altra Federal Credit Union

    Habitat for Humanity - La Crosse Area

    La Crosse Community Theatre

    Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge

    Holmen Community Center

    Marine Credit Union Foundation

    Children's Museum of La Crosse

    Hope Restores 

    New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers

    Coulee Region Retired & Senior Volunteer Program

    Junior Achievement  - Coulee Region

    The Salvation Army of La Crosse County 

    Franciscan Spirituality Center

    Karuna Inc.


    Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland

    La Crosse Area Builders Association




    Contact Alycia Larson at aclarson@viterbo.edu or by calling 608-796-3029.