CNPE’s Destination: Excellence is a six-month learning forum designed to build the leadership and management capability of CNPE’s regional nonprofit sector.   This program offers a unique opportunity for senior leaders to gain superlative leadership and management skills. 

This executive training includes sessions on leadership and management as they relate to these critical success areas:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Board Governance
  • Fund Development
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • Staff/Volunteers/Culture


Interwoven throughout these subjects we will explore the critically important themes such as leading through changing times, understanding and applying best practices, and appreciating the mega trends that are affecting the fundamental underpinnings of the nonprofit sector.  We will also explore key trends and issues affecting leaders that may include, but not limited to gender, personalities, generational issues,diversity and inclusion, innovation and more...

This distinctive learning experience offers participants a collaboratively designed curriculum to meet the specific needs of the cohort in those six subject areas.

The program will also offer participants a safe space to address questions and chief learning needs. Our emphasis will always resolve around matters that will help them solve problems immediately by offering real world examples and scenarios.  We will employ pair work, as well as small-group and whole-class activities, beginning the first session to help participants get acquainted, and provide ongoing opportunities for students to form connections to build this cohort into a collaborative learning team. We will enwrap the participants into a culture of trust and encouragement so they feel comfortable in exchanging authentic insights, speak candidly about concerns, and offer help to one another.

Destination:Excellence is six full-day sessions, offered once a month from February to July.  All sessions include interactive activities, hardcopy/electronic reference material, presentations/interactions with subject matter experts, group discussions and scholastic, concrete examples of how these concepts can help senior leaders succeed.

The program dates for 2017 are:

January 27, 2017 -- Meet and Greet
February 17, 2017 -- Leadership and Management
March 3, 2017 -- 360 Degree Assessment Feedback
March 17, 2017--Board Governance
April 21, 2017 -- Fund Development
May 19, 2017 -- Marketing
June 16, 2017 -- Financial Management
July 14, 2017 – Staff/Volunteers/Culture (Graduation)

Sessions meet one Friday per month from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (lunch included). Maximum attendance is 15 persons.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Participants will become more mission focused and, as a consequence, more adept at recognizing what needs to be done for their enterprise, set priorities and make sure the people with whom they work understand them. They establish plans and see that they are effectively implemented.
  • They will be more effective in implementing programs that address stakeholder needs and even more significantly, abandon those which have already served their purpose.
  • They will inspire others, leading by example, fostering an atmosphere of shared learning and collaboration, focused more upon opportunities than problems.

Long Term:
The organizations for which they are responsible realize a significant increase of their mission outcomes.


Participants receive: 

• Top quality management and leadership learning usually available only in a corporate setting.
• A trusted relationship with peers who share challenges and successes in a supportive, confidential environment.
• A proven leadership process that can bring immediate results within your organization.
• Confidence as a leader who can make a difference in your organization and community.
• A sense of community that overwhelms the isolation nonprofit leaders often feel in a climate of growing demands and shrinking resources.
• New partnerships and more collaborative community planning.
• A new network of resources.

Program Costs: (Tuition is based on a sliding scale, based on the annual revenues of the organization)

Less than $500,000 = $700 (CNPE member)/$900 (non-member)
$500,000 - $999,999 = $850/$1,050
$1,000,000 - $1,999,999 = $1,000/$1,200
$2,000,000 & higher = $1,250/$1,500

Limited partial scholarships are available. Application available HERE.

Application Process:

You must apply to participate in this leadership development series. Deadline to apply is January 9, 2017. Participants will be notified by January 18.  Please complete the online application located HERE.

If you encounter difficulties while completing the application, please contact Darlene Whitney, Director of Operations, at 618-5330 or For questions about the program or for additional information, please contact Merv Antonio, Director of Learning, at 618-5328 or

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