Professional Development

Designed with
in mind.

You’re passionate. You’re hard-working. You care deeply about the mission of your organization.
And you don’t just want to be good at your gig, you want to #BeExcellent… right?
Getting better at what you do is an important part of any job. Getting better at your job when you work at a nonprofit can be tough — especially when time and resources can seem so scarce.
We get it.


So, we’ve created high-quality professional development opportunities tailored for you. Yes, you! Whether you’re looking for intro-level workshops or advanced executive development, our programs and workshops are designed to meet the needs of the community.  

Check out our events calendar to discover your next nonprofit learning experience.


Questions? Ideas for an upcoming workshop? Get in touch with our Director of Learning, Merv Antonio.

Need financial aid?

Apply online for a scholarship through CNPE.



Flagship Programs

Tried and true, Destination:Excellence, ShipShape, and Circles of Excellence are CNPE’s flagship programs. They repeat either monthly, annually, or bi-annually and often represent a greater ongoing time commitment than our typical workshops.


It’s lonely at the top. That’s why we’ve created a nonprofit leadership program that brings nonprofit leaders together.

In a six-month period, Destination:Excellence (D:E) is designed to elevate the leadership capabilities of Executive Directors, CEOs, or Senior Leadership. The program is uniquely tailored to the needs of a nonprofit leader: generating safe space to share ideas, learn valuable key competencies, and solve real-world problems using real-world examples.

Our 2018 D:E Class applications have now CLOSED. Stay tuned in late 2018 for information on how to apply for next year’s program.



(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


  • February 16, 2018
  • March 2, 2018 (half day)
  • March 16, 2018
  • April 20, 2018
  • May 18, 2018
  • June 15, 2018
  • July 20, 2018


Shipshape Board Development

Need to shake off the dust? Or maybe you’re just laying a foundation for a life full of service. Offered twice a year, ShipShape Board Development is THE best way to:

  1. Kick off your Board service journey
  2. Inspire and better lead your Board
  3. Reach peak Board service potential



Circles of Excellence

A connected nonprofit community is a community which is equipped to EXCEL. Healthy dialogue and relationship-building are essential to generating the kind of informed, collaborative nonprofit sector we know is possible in Greater Louisville. Plus, the data shows that adult learners absorb knowledge best in a communal setting.

CNPE is committed to creating the type of community where these critical conversations occur. No matter who you are, what role you play in an organization, or how long you’ve been in our sector, we’re here to propel you and your organization forward.

To meet this growing need, we’re proud to offer Circles of Excellence — a regularly scheduled opportunity for nonprofit professionals to gather and connect on topics relevant to their specific fields. Currently, we offer the following Circles:

CEO Roundtable: A confidential and friendly convening of nonprofit CEOs from across the Greater Louisville area. By application only.

Grub and Grants: A monthly get-together for nonprofit professionals operating in the fearless world of Grant Writing, facilitated by Becky Crump and the Kentucky Grant Professionals Association. Find these on our events calendar.

Shop Talk: A monthly gathering for those nonprofit professionals brave enough to do Finance for a living. Find these on our events calendar.

We are looking forward to intentionally growing this offering to include other specialties — but in order to do so we need your feedback! Share your ideas for future Circles of Excellence by clicking the button below.


Get in touch with our Director of Learning, Merv Antonio, to learn more about any of these exciting offerings.



Perfect for those moments you need to quickly hone in on a skill, topic, or competency, CNPE’s ongoing workshops typically happen in 1-2 hour, half day, or full day sessions and focus on topics like Fundraising, Leadership, Board Governance, Marketing, and more.



CNPE offers exclusive professional development and classes partnering with The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University throughout the year? Look for them on our Events Calendar here.

Check out our calendar of events to find your next professional development today!



Customizable Workshops

Not seeing the right workshop for you on our calendar? We can design a custom workshop based on just about any topic you’d like. Take a look at examples of our repertoire of subjects below:



  • Creating a Successful Culture
  • Planning that Works
  • Creativity in the Workplace
  • Learning to Collaborate
  • Mentoring for Success
  • Organizational Goal Setting


  • The Power of Vision
  • Management Basics
  • Succession Planning
  • Leadership Principles
  • Politics, Persuasion, and Influence in the Workplace


  • High Performing Teams
  • Improved Time Management
  • Project Management Essentials
  • Solving Systemic Problems

Interpersonal Skills

  • Coping with Change
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Ethics in the Workplace
  • Effective Learning Skills
  • Holding Productive Meetings


  • Communications in the Workplace
  • Improved Business Writing
  • Persuasive Presentations
  • Art of Facilitating
  • Art of Dialogue


Ready to explore your options? Contact our Director of Learning, Merv Antonio, at 502.618.5328 or