BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs

Save the date for next year's BootCamp, August 3–5, 2016 at North Park University

Leading an organization, engaging stakeholders, raising funds and managing staff can be a challenge. Attending BootCamp allows you to invest in yourself as a leader for three eye-opening days of professional growth. Hear from expert speakers on topics ranging from fundraising, board management and strategic planning to human resources and project management. Connect with other nonprofit executive directors from across a variety of subsectors for support and collaborative solutions to the challenges you wrestle with in your leadership role.

BootCamp 2014

What Past Participants Tell Us About BootCamp

"Because of BootCamp, I feel empowered and focused in my executive director role."

"I learned how to effectively wield the influence of my leadership for the benefit of the organization."

"Great, easy to implement suggestions for leading and thinking strategically. Very engaging."

"Excellent practical information, knowledgeable speakers."

"Outstanding resource for future use--essential content."

"What sets BootCamp apart is the time and opportunity to process and reflect, and walk away with a plan. Invaluable and amazing!"

Application Process

If you are new to your executive director role and have served in your position for three years or less, we invite you to participate in this valuable professional development experience. The total 2016 program cost is $795; a $200 scholarship is available for organizations with an annual budget less than $1 million. A $50 deposit must be submitted with your application.

You can download the 2016 BootCamp application here. Applications are due by July 8, 2016.

Learn More

Get to know the BootCamp program by reviewing the 2015 program schedule and taking a look at the 2015 speakers and panelists.

BootCamp 2014: A Record-Breaking Experience

Last year’s cohort included 38 executive directors coming from as far away as South Carolina and Florida, and representing all types of organizations from animal welfare and housing services to faith-based nonprofits and education-focused organizations. See some photos from this year’s BootCamp on Facebook and read about our participants' experiences.

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