Education and Leadership Development

The Institute for Nonprofits develops exceptional nonprofit and social sector leadership and capacity among individuals and throughout organizations.

We enable students and community partners to develop the competencies necessary to become engaged global citizens as they work to address the grand challenges of their communities.

Our cutting-edge Nonprofit Studies Minor threads service learning through the core classes to give students first hand experiences with our 5 Leadership Challenges.

Achieving Collaborative Capacity for Executive Success (ACCES) was developed with Habitat for Humanity International to help participants build capacity at the individual, organizational, and community level. We look forward to bringing this engaging approach to capacity building to other nonprofits.

Nonprofit Studies Minor


The Institute administers the Nonprofit Studies Minor, helping students to make a real difference in the community and world. The NPS Minor is an academically rigorous program of study that involves students in community organizations for hands-on learning. Courses build knowledge and skills for effective nonprofit leadership.

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Leadership Fellows Academy


The Leadership Fellows Academy has a goal of developing leadership capacity for executive directors, owners, and board chairs of consumer operated nonprofit organizations across the state. The program is a partnership between the Institute for Nonprofits, the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work’s Jordan Institute for Families. 

Social Innovation + Entrepreneurship


Social Innovation + Entrepreneurship at the Institute for Nonprofits engages students from all corners of campus in dynamic opportunities to learn how to apply their passion and skills to change the world. 

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Grassroots Nonprofit Leadership Academy

Grassroots Nonprofit Leadership Academy is a transformational, cohort learning experience for executive directors, owners, and board chairs of community based nonprofit organizations across the state.  This current cohort is focusing on growing and establishing nonprofits in the Southeast Raleigh and Eastern Wake County region.

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Graduate Programs


The department of Public Administration, with the cooperation of the Institute for Nonprofits, offers a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The department offers a Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Management, as well as a Nonprofit Sector Research course open to Ph.D. students from any discipline.

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Customizable Programming

We may be able to help you with a customized training program. We also may be able to assist you in finding speakers from North Carolina State University for events. Please contact the Institute to discuss your needs.

Nonprofits 101

The Nonprofit Roadmap to Success was created to help new and fledgling nonprofit organizations define goals and develop a roadmap to reach their objectives.

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Nonprofit Board Development

The curriculum, “Transforming Board Practices” is the result of an NC State University interdisciplinary partnership between the Institute for Nonprofits and Cooperative Extension.  Its purpose is to improve the efficacy of boards of directors of nonprofit organizations throughout the State of North Carolina by encouraging a culture of inquiry among board members and generating robust and honest discussion of all issues and concerns affecting their organization.

The curriculum contains eight PowerPoint modules and a facilitators guide. Each module in this curriculum may be delivered independently of the others.  However, each one’s content will be greatly enhanced by delivery of all the modules.  We strongly suggest that new boards start with this first module and complete the entire curriculum in the order presented.

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