Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program


Regional NELP took place May 29-31, 2019 in Salida. 

NELP at the Center for Creative Leadership took place August 19-22, 2019

El Pomar Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP) trains nonprofit CEOs and executive directors to effectively manage and lead extraordinary nonprofit organizations. It is a customized leadership development program offered to Colorado nonprofits through two unique programs: NELP at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Regional NELP. NELP helps leaders in the nonprofit sector to produce better results, maintain and sustain healthy relationships, and grow their organizations. NELP at CCL targets larger organizations with budgets over $750,000. Regional NELP supports leaders of rural nonprofits with budgets under $750,000 and rotates to a different region of Colorado each year. Financial support from El Pomar Foundation allows nonprofit executives to participate in these exemplary programs for a small portion of the actual cost.


The Details

Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program - Center for Creative Leadership

This program is for nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs with five or more years of nonprofit experience who are leading Colorado-based organizations with operating budgets of more than $750,000.  The program occurs annually at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs. The Center for Creative Leadership offers world-class training to managers and leaders seeking a variety of developmental experiences. To date, over 350 nonprofit executives have taken advantage of this customized program at the Colorado Springs campus. Applicants must intend to remain in their current position for at least one year. There is an application process and a registration fee for the program. 

The cost of the CCL program is $900.

Regional Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

The 2019 program is designed to accommodate up to 20 nonprofit executive directors from the Central Peaks Region who are currently leading organizations with operating budgets under $750,000.  There is an application process and nominal fee. A Central Peaks nonprofit is defined as any nonprofit headquartered and providing services in one or more of the following counties: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, and Park. Depending upon the number of applicants, the program may be opened up to organizations across the state.

The cost of Regional NELP is $400.

Read about a recent NELP graduate's experience on our blog!

Apply for NELP at CCL

Application open February 24th, 2020

Application closed June 12th 2020

Apply for Regional NELP

Application open January 13th, 2020

Application closed March 27th, 2020

What They're Saying

“The tools were incredibly valuable, the facilitators were knowledgeable, and the peers were warm and engaging. I had so many tangible skills I learned and am excited to incorporate.”

-2019 Regional NELP alum


“I often attend trainings and workshops with a goal of increasing my knowledge and skill set and I usually end up disappointed with the training and learning. This training met me where I was at and gave me many valuable tools, info, and resources.”

-2019 Regional NELP alum


“This program is a unique training opportunity for nonprofit leaders. The feedback tools were very helpful and the facilitators were excellent contextualizing the information.”

-2019 CCL NELP alum


“This program pushes you, which isn't always enjoyable in the traditional sense, but I felt so supported through the process that I did enjoy it without question.”

-2017 CCL NELP alum