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Training for Executive Directors of Regional Nonprofits.

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

Applications are open for the Community Foundation’s 2023 Nonprofit Academy. 

Applications have closed for the 2023 Nonprofit Academy, and notifications to applicants will be sent by December 5, 2022. Please contact Nick Tscheekar at or 775-333-5499 ext. 14 with any questions.


Who is Eligible?

The Nonprofit Academy is open to 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 only at the Community Foundation on the first Wednesday of the month from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. 

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until Monday, November 21, 2022, at 5:00pm PST. Those who are accepted into the 2022 program will be notified by Monday, December 5, 2022.

Please contact Nick Tscheekar at or 775-333-5499 ext. 14 with any questions.

Congratulations to these organizations and their leaders who are representing them in the 2022 class of the Community Foundation's Nonprofit Academy!

  • Black Wall Street – RoMar Tolliver
  • Community Services Agency – Leslie Colbrese
  • Feeding Pets of the Homeless – Laura Brown
  • Latino Arte and Culture – Mario Delarosa
  • NAMI Southern Nevada – Trinh Dang
  • Neighborhood Mediation Center – Mark Batson Baril
  • Nevada Housing Coalition – Christine Hess
  • Parkinson Support Center of Northern Nevada – Mindy Lokshin
  • Silver State Storytellers – Lyric Burt
  • The Altruistic American – Chris Battenberg
  • Veterans Guest House – Sylvia DuBeau

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 50 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
    • Capital City CIRCLES Initiatives – Steve Hedrick
    • Children's Cabinet – Kim Young
    • Communities in Schools – Auburn Harrison
    • 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 – Vanessa Robertson
    • Envirolution – Mike Robertson
    • 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
    • LEAD with Horses – Jeane Spada-Allgood
    • Monai Village – Patricia Artis
    • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges – Joey Orduna-Hastings
    • Nevada Educational Advocacy Center for Children – Susan Zeiter
    • Nevada Historical Society – Catherine Magee
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 SWAAAG Foundation – Kyle Burke
    • TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada – Elisha Harris
    • Urban Roots – Fayth Ross
    Nick Tscheekar

    Contact Nick Tscheekar, Community Engagement Officer

    Email NickCall 775-333-5499 Ext. 14


    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