Grassroots Nonprofit Leadership Academy

The Grassroots Nonprofit Leadership Academy is a transformational, cohort learning experience for executive directors, senior staff, and board chairs of current and aspiring nonprofit organizations in Wake County.

For the inaugural 2019 cohort, priority will be given to organizations primarily serving Southeast Raleigh and/or Eastern Wake County. These two regions, or Social & Economic Vitality “zones,” have been identified by the Wake County Board of Commissioners as priority areas for targeted engagement and investment that aims to improve economic and social opportunities for community residents.

Let's Work Together

In today’s world, leaders, organizations, and communities face complex community and societal challenges that cannot be solved through “business as usual.” The Grassroots Nonprofit Leadership Academy seeks to create a community of innovative and adaptive leaders who are ready to face these challenges and are empowered to work together to build and strengthen the communities of North Carolina.

The Grassroots Nonprofit Leadership Academy is a program developed through a partnership of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University, North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Wake County Center, and Wake County Human Services, Social and Economic Vitality. Its goal is to develop leadership capacity for executive directors, senior staff, and board chairs of current and aspiring nonprofit organizations in North Carolina.

Embracing the challenges of adaptive leadership and innovation, this experience explores capacity building across the domains of personal, organizational, and community leadership. It is based on the conceptual framework of Ronald Heifetz, who explores the relevance of technical and adaptive leadership as skills needed in today’s leaders. It is also based on the Institute for Nonprofit’s five leadership challenges for leaders to be successful in today’s nonprofit and social sectors. The program blends the benefits of on-site, face-to-face style learning with the convenience of online learning. Application of program learning to real-time challenges is accomplished through personal and group coaching.

Commitment from Participants

The Grassroots Nonprofit Leadership Academy is a 14-week program that takes place from March 18, 2019 through June 20, 2019.  Sessions will be held in locations at the Crosby-Garfield Center (568 E. Lenoir St., Raleigh, 27601) and at the Eastern Regional Center (1002 Dogwood Dr., Zebulon, 27597).

If accepted to the program Leadership Fellows will be expected to commit to the following:

  •  Registration fee of $50, due by the opening session
  • Attendance and active engagement in opening and closing sessions, plus all “classroom” sessions
  • Attendance and active engagement in all group and individual executive coaching sessions

Fellows that actively engage and complete all sessions will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to compete in a pitch competition at the closing session that will award one winner with up to $5,000 to invest in fulfilling their organization’s mission.

Program Timeline

March 18 – 19, 2019: Opening Session (Eastern Regional Center)

March 28 – June 13, 2019: Weekly training. The training sessions will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 every Thursday and will alternate locations between the Crosby-Garfield Center and the Eastern Regional Center

April 5, April 26, May 17, & June 7: Group executive coaching.  Coffee, Croissants, & Coaching from 8:30 - 10:00am. Location TBD

June 19 – 20, 2019: Closing Session (Southeast Raleigh)

Program Schedule and Topics

What Participants Will Gain through the Program

Fellows who complete the program can expect a number of benefits, including:

• Knowledge and skills in the areas of personal, organizational and community leadership (Click for tentative list of topics)

• Access to executive coaching in a group setting, plus one individual coaching session

• Opportunity to network and build relationships with other Wake County nonprofits

• Opportunity to compete in a pitch competition that will award one winner with up to $5,000 to invest in their organization

• Certificate upon completion of the program

The overall estimated value of the program is over $1,800 per individual, but thanks to generous financial support from County, municipal, and institutional partners, the program is being offered at a cost of $50 per individual. 

Interested in Being a Part of the 2019 Cohort?

Join the Grassroots Nonprofit Leadership Academy: 2019 Wake County Cohort

Eligibility Requirements

NC State University Institute for Nonprofits, North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Wake County Center, Wake County Human Services – Social and Economic Vitality, and the City of Raleigh are seeking current and aspiring grassroots nonprofit leaders that primarily serve Southeast Raleigh and/or Eastern Wake County to partake in a grassroots nonprofit leadership development program.  

The minimum requirements for participating in the program are:  

(1) organization must primarily serve Southeast Raleigh and/or Eastern Wake County 
AND
(2) individuals must currently be working in an executive level (staff or board) position in an existing or aspiring nonprofit organization with less than $500,000 in annual expenses                     AND                                                                                                                                                  (3) attendance and active engagement in all “classroom” and coaching sessions

Questions can be directed to Jenn Scoggins at jascoggi@ncsu.edu.