Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

Transformational leadership training uniquely designed for Colorado nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors


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NELP alumni during their program experience

Join the world-class staff of Center for Creative Leadership on this journey of leadership development at El Pomar’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP). You’ll learn from the best in the business about effectively managing and leading an extraordinary nonprofit organization. Learn how to tap into your leadership potential as a nonprofit executive to produce better results, maintain and sustain healthy relationships, and grow your organization.

This customized leadership development program is offered at a significantly reduced tuition to Colorado nonprofits through two unique programs: NELP 4.0 and NELP 2.5. If you lead a nonprofit with a budget of $750,000 or higher, you should apply for the four-day NELP 4.0. If your budget is under $750,000, apply for two-and-a-half-day NELP 2.5. Financial support from El Pomar Foundation to operate the program allows nonprofit executives to participate in this exemplary experience at a tuition rate that is a small portion of the actual cost.


Who Should Apply

This program is for nonprofit executive directors and CEOs with five or more years of nonprofit experience who are leading Colorado-based organizations and are serving the people of Colorado. The program occurs annually (each version alternating biennially, or every other year) at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs. To date, over 350 nonprofit executives have taken advantage of this customized program. Applicants must intend to remain in their current position for at least one year. There is an application process for both NELP 2.5 and NELP 4.0. 

Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program 4.0

  • For CEOs and executive directors of organizations with operating budgets of more than $750,000.
  • Four-day program.
  • Confidential, one-on-one coaching from the Center for Creative Leadership staff of accredited professionals.
  • 360-degree assessment included.
  • Upcoming dates: August 23-26, 2022 and Summers of 2024 and 2026

Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program 2.5

  • For CEOs and executive directors of organizations with operating budgets of less than $750,000.
  • Two-and-a-half-day program.
  • Program cost of $400 with the potential for a $1,000 contribution to defray costs of participation.
  • Upcoming dates: Summers of  2023, 2025, 2027

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

Apply for NELP 4.0

Application will open March of 2024

Apply for NELP 2.5

Application will open in March of 2023


What Alumni Are 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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”