Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

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San Juan Regional NELP June 6 - 8, 2018 in Telluride, CO

NELP at Center for Creative Leadership August 20 - 23, 2018 in Colorado Springs, CO

El Pomar Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP) is a customized leadership development initiative offered to Colorado nonprofits through two unique programs: NELP at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Regional NELP. NELP recognizes the backbone of Colorado's impressive nonprofit sector is the leaders of 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 every year. El Pomar Foundation offers sizable underwriting to help nonprofit executives participate in these exemplary programs.

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 300 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 $750.

Regional Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

This program is designed to accommodate up to 20 nonprofit executive directors from the Central Peaks Region with nonprofit experience and 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 the Regional NELP program is $400.

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NELP at CCL application

What They're Saying

 “This was a profound week and will have a positive impact at work and home.” 

2014 NELP Alumni, Megan Wilson, Executive Director, Reach Out and Read Colorado

“The NELP program from CCL and El Pomar was far and away the most valuable training program I have ever attended. I've never encountered a program with such thorough and personalized feedback, combined with a look at the deeper, internal and psychological factors involved in successful leadership development.”

2013 NELP Alumni, Tony Shawcross, CEO, Open Media Foundation

“I learned to identify and embrace my leadership qualities. Taking on a new role immediately following this invaluable program allowed me to adopt strategies necessary to be successful as Executive Director. I have made a conscious effort to allow myself to be vulnerable, open up and actively listen to other people’s ideas, concerns and contributions.” 

Regional NELP 2014 Alumni, Kathleen Merritt, Executive Director, Bright Futures

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Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP) at the Center for Creative Leadership