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Training for Executive Directors of Regional Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Academy is designed to support nonprofit Executive Directors/CEOs with less than three years of experience in their current role. Participation is limited to one participant per organization.

About the Nonprofit Academy

Congratulations to these organizations and their leaders who are representing them in the 2023 class of the Community Foundation's Nonprofit Academy!

  • Boosted Diplomas – Cooper Richardson
  • Cancer Community Clubhouse – Natalie Stevenson
  • Chase International Foundation – Cindy Ranne
  • Communities in Schools of Western Nevada – Nicole Willis Grimes
  • Desert Peach Montessori School – Tamra Hopkins
  • Eddy House – Trevor Macaluso
  • Immunize Nevada – Sherilyn Duckworth, PhD, MPH
  • Inter-Tribal Council of NV Inc. – Deserea Quintana
  • Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful – Mark Cameron
  • KUNR Public Radio – Brian Duggan
  • Lizzy Hammond Foundation – Mitch & Wendy Hammond
  • Nevada Kids Foundation – Kallie Todaro
  • Rebuilding Together Northern Nevada – Katie Pace
  • Reno Police Department’s Victim Services Unit – Brie Bertges
  • Seniors in Service – Michelle Rector
  • The Black Community Collective – Edward Coleman
  • The Generator – Alysia Dynamik
  • Urban Roots – Jenny Angius

Who is Eligible?

The Nonprofit Academy is offered annually for nonprofit Executive Directors/CEOs who typically have less than three years of experience in their current role. Executive Directors/CEOs who have more than three years of experience are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Participation is limited to one participant per organization. 

What is the Cost?

There is no cost to participate. 

2023 Program Schedule

There are nine monthly meetings from January – October (there will be no meeting in July). Meetings will be held in-person at the Community Foundation on the first Wednesday of the month from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. 

Application Deadline

Applications have closed for the 2023 cohort.

Nonprofit Academy features make it unique and valuable

  • Participation is free.
  • Nonprofit Academy participants create their curriculum. The Community Foundation does not assume the training needs. Instead, we ask participants what topics are most important to them, just like we do with our initiatives. What are nonprofits missing that will advance their organization the most?
  • Participants listen and learn from each other. At the start of their meetings, participants will share recent achievements and seek wisdom from their peers. 

    Nonprofit Academy Graduates

    Since 2019, more than 60 Executive Directors have graduated from the Nonprofit Academy:

    • Artists' Co-operative of Reno – Patricia Leonard
    • Arts for All Nevada – Jackie Clay
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters – Derek Beauvais
    • Black Wall Street – RoMar Tolliver
    • Capital City CIRCLES Initiatives – Steve Hedrick
    • Children's Cabinet – Kim Young
    • Communities in Schools – Auburn Harrison
    • Community Services Agency – Leslie Colbrese
    • Cultural Alliance Nevada – Tia Flores
    • David J. Drakulich Foundation – Ognjen Grubor
    • Dean's Future Scholars – Mariluz Garcia
    • Dress for Success – Patti Weiske
    • Education Innovation Collaborative – Mary Alber
    • enCompass Academy - Toby Wiedenmayer
    • Envirolution – Mike Robertson & Vanessa Robertson
    • Feeding Pets of the Homeless – Laura Brown
    • Fernley Community Foundation – Cody Wagner
    • Food Bank of Northern Nevada – Nicole Lamboley
    • For Kids Foundation – Annie Goni-Stewart
    • Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada – Pam Czyz
    • Girls on the Run - Sierras – Joy Heuer
    • Hart Foundation – Justin Miller
    • Historic Fourth Ward School Museum and Archives – Nora Stefu
    • JUSTin HOPE Foundation – Maricela Gutierrez Rodriguez
    • Latino Arte and Culture – Mario Delarosa
    • LEAD with Horses – Jeane Spada-Allgood
    • Monai Village – Patricia Artis
    • NAMI Southern Nevada – Trinh Dang
    • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges – Joey Orduna-Hastings
    • Neighborhood Mediation Center – Mark Batson Baril
    • Nevada Educational Advocacy Center for Children – Susan Zeiter
    • Nevada Historical Society – Catherine Magee
    • Nevada Housing Coalition – Christine Hess
    • Nevada Neon Project – Will Durham
    • Nevada Outdoor School – Melanie Erquiaga
    • Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program Inc. – Molly Walt
    • Northern Nevada Literacy Council – Adrienne Santiago
    • Northern Nevada Math Club – Sherry Griffin
    • OLLI – Kristen Kennedy
    • Optimist Club of Reno – Priya Ahlawat
    • Parkinson Support Center of Northern Nevada – Mindy Lokshin
    • Pioneer Center – Dennyse Sewell
    • Reno Little Theater – Melissa Taylor
    • Ridge House – Dani Tillman
    • ROC Foundation – Sara DePaoli
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities – Rikki Ricker
    • Safe Embrace – Jessica Cisneros
    • Shopping Angels – Jayde Powell
    • Sierra Arts Foundation – Tracey Oliver
    • Silver State Storytellers – Lyric Burt
    • Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center – Christine Johnson
    • Step 2 – Mari Hutchinson
    • Tahoe Public Art – Marina Lowe
    • Tahoe Rim Trail Association – Morgan Steel
    • Tahoe's Connection for Families – Kim Warren
    • The Altruistic American – Chris Battenberg
    • The SWAAAG Foundation – Kyle Burke
    • TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada – Elisha Harris
    • Urban Roots – Fayth Ross
    • Veterans Guest House – Sylvia DuBeau


    Elisha Harris

    “The Nonprofit Academy gave me a tremendous amount of knowledge that I was able to put into use in real-time with the pandemic. The information helped my organization be able to weather the storm. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada.” – Elisha D. Harris, Executive Director of TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada

    “My skill set has been strengthened, I have a larger toolbox to pull from and an expanded network to reach out to for support.” – Sara Depaoli, ROC Foundation, 2019 Nonprofit Academy graduate 

    “We will be embarking on a strategic planning process in 2020 that will have HUGE impact on the organization’s future. I will also be using the concept that our goals should drive the creation of our annual budget starting with the 20-21 fiscal year.”

    “Topics that came up in Nonprofit Academy became topics in board meetings. I talked with my staff about what we were doing in the NP Academy and that led to good conversations that would not have happened otherwise.”

    “The Nonprofit Academy has helped me become more strategic in educating the board, board direction and marketing our mission and purpose.”

    2019 Nonprofit Academy Impact


    Average participants rating of the Nonprofit Academy


    Average increase of board development and engagement knowledge


    Average increase of strategic planning knowledge