Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Application Instructions

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program improves the effectiveness of nonprofit leaders and their organizations through targeted focus on personal leadership development and industry best practices.
The CNM and SMU GO Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program is designed for nonprofit professionals who have demonstrated a high potential for leadership and a willingness to develop their talent for a greater organizational impact. The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate focuses on personal leadership development in an environment that allows you to collaborate and learn with your peers.

The Leadership Certificate program is ideal for candidates who meet the following criteria: participants should have five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, five years of management experience, be an aspiring executive leader who is currently in a senior management position and/or a first-time or new Executive Director/CEO.

Designed by nonprofit leaders for nonprofit leaders, this program focuses on personal leadership development in an environment that lets you collaborate and learn with your peers. This six-week certificate program teaches industry best practices in:

·                     Assessing leadership style and building on strengths

·                     Trust and decision making

·                     Culture and change management

·                     Funding, marketing and strategy

·                     Building effective boards

Dates and Location:

     6 Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 2/28, 3/6, 3/27, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1
     SMU Continuing and Professional Education
     Building 5539 SMU Blvd., Dallas TX 75206

Course Fees:

     $900 (Apply by January 17)
     $1,000 (After January 17)

Course fee includes all materials, lunch and parking on SMU’s East Campus.

Application Process

1.    Complete application form by January 17, 2020.

2.    CNM and SMU will select and notify accepted individuals by  Friday, January 31, 2020.

3.    Upon acceptance into the certificate program, pay tuition fee to CNM (credit card link will be sent with your acceptance notification). Checks may be mailed to CNM at 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1025, Dallas, TX  75206.

All fees must be paid in full prior to the first session.

Cancellation and Refunds Policy

Once accepted, notification of the intent to withdraw from the series must be submitted in writing via email at least 48 hours prior to the first scheduled class session in order to receive a credit or refund. No refunds are permitted after the program begins. Should the program be cancelled by CNM and SMU, full tuition will be transferred or refunded.

For questions about the SMU Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, please call Christy Livingstone, Education Director at 214-580-1749 or email