Conferences + Intensives

Leadership Institute

Our Nonprofit Leadership Institute brings together new executive directors who have been on the job for three or fewer years.

2016 Leadership Institute Participants

This newly redesigned intensive three-day program provides organizational leaders with dedicated time and space to reflect, set goals, and develop action plans that will encourage professional growth and organizational development.

Rooted in leadership development best practices and a commitment to practical application, this program:

  • connects participants with insights and tools that will increase their effectiveness as organizational leaders;
  • honors the experiences of participants and provides opportunities for peer learning and solution-oriented discussions; and
  • creates a powerful peer network that participants can tap into long after the program ends.

Participants will not only build confidence, skills and connections to be an effective nonprofit executive director, but will learn strategies to catalyze cultures of learning and shared leadership within their organizations.

The Leadership Institute will take place from June 15 through June 17 at Unity College.


  • Members: $800
  • NonMembers: $1400

The cost of the program includes all materials, food and lodging during the three-day program. Participants are encouraged to stay at Unity College for the duration of the program, as some program elements will take place on the first two evenings.

Scholarships are available, and can be requested as part of the application process.

How to Apply

Executive directors of nonprofits of all sizes and missions are encouraged to apply.

To apply, complete our online application by May 5th. Applicants will be notified by May 12th about whether they have been accepted to program.

Contact us at Learn@NonprofitMaine.org with any questions!

Our Funders

This program is supported in part by generous funding from Maine Community Foundation and The Betterment Fund.