Our mission is to improve the long-term sustainability of nonprofit leaders and organizations by offering the highest quality programs, consultation, training and community-building networks.



Executive Education Offerings

Thanks to our partnerships with Harvard Business School - and now Stanford Graduate School of Business, too! - we offer exclusive scholarship opportunities for our members. We believe in the importance of continued education and professional development in the nonprofit sector. Each year, we select applicants that have had strong connection with CEN, are current members, and are looking to deepen their learning.  Check out the opportunities below...


New! Stanford Business Course:

Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership




Program Details

NEW!  Starting in early 2016, CEN has established a new partnership with Stanford to offer one of our members a partial scholarship to the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders (EPNL).  This course is a ten-day residential program designed to further the professional development of leaders in the nonprofit sector. Led by a strong sense of mission and vision, the EPNL course brings together leaders from a variety of different nonprofit sectors to further their professional development and build an enduring network. Drawing on leading-edge research, and taught by Stanford faculty, this program integrates conceptual knowledge with individual experiences to support participants in their impact on the nonprofit sector.
Learn more about Stanford's EPNL
CEN scholarship applications were due in May.
Interested in applying next year? CEN Members, please email jen@cen.org.


"Attending the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business was an absolutely amazing experience! You immerse yourself in an experience where you not only learn from some of the best professors on campus, but you truly develop relationships with other nonprofits from around the world while you share and learn alongside of them during the program. I picked up valuable information that I can implement right away, use down the line and in some cases just when needed. I recommend the program to any and every nonprofit leader that wants to take another step in professional development.”

- Jason Minsky, Executive Director of Christmas in the Park

Harvard Business School Course:

Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management






Program Details

Each year, CEN has two partial scholarships available for our members!  The Harvard Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Course (SPNM) is a week long (2016 Dates: July 17th-23rd) executive education and leadership development program offered annually by the Social Enterprise Initiative.  The program is designed for EDs/CEOs of nonprofit organizations and is taught by a team of faculty members from HBS and other graduate schools within Harvard University.
Learn more about Harvard's SPNM
CEN scholarship applications were due in early March.
Interested in applying next year?  CEN members, please email jen@cen.org.

"My experience attending the HBS Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management was beyond expectation – it was completely life changing. I have always approached my work with great enthusiasm and optimism but in just a few short hours of the 7 day course I knew my commitment to work in this industry would be turned into overdrive. The course, led by amazingly gifted and inspirational professors, had me laughing, crying and deepening my understanding of the impact I could have as a leader. Those of us who choose to work toward social benefit have taken on the “hardest” work in our society – work that most ignore because of the extreme challenges – but work that changes lives and changes the world. Thank you CEN for providing today’s leaders with the support and resources to bring attention to THE most necessary work."

- Sonja Palmer, Executive Director of Music for Minors


“I have to tell you the Harvard experience was just amazing. I cannot thank you enough, I will cherish this forever! Meeting 160 other nonprofit leaders and spending a week with masterful instruction in everything nonprofit-my idea of heaven! We were told that each year it gets more and more competitive and this group had over 500 applicants and only 160 were selected. THANK YOU both and THANK YOU CEN!”

- Larissa Robideaux, Executive Director of JW House