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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.

2022 Class Applications Accepted Through Dec. 10

Applications for the 2022 Nonprofit Academy are now being accepted. Apply by December 10, 2021. Fill out the application form here.  

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. There is no cost to participate. Executive Directors from rural communities in northern Nevada are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by Monday, December 20, 2021.

2022 Schedule

Meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Community Foundation with a Zoom option for participation.

  • January 5 - Orientation
  • February 2
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 1
  • July 6
  • August 3
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 2

  • December 7

Nonprofit Academy features make it unique and valuable

  1. Participation is free.
  2. 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?
  3. Participants listen and learn from each other. At the start of their meetings, participants will share recent achievements and seek wisdom from their peers. 

    2021 Nonprofit Academy Participants

    Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Initiative – Steve Hedrick            
    Dean’s Future Scholars – Mariluz Garcia
    Education Innovation Collaborative – Mary Alber
    enCompass Academy – Toby Wiedenmayer
    Envirolution – Mike Robertson    
    Fernley Community Foundation – Cody Wagner
    Good Luck Macbeth – Christopher Daniels            
    Historic Fourth Ward School Museum and Archives – Nora Stefu
    JUSTin HOPE Foundation – Maricela Gutierrez Rodriguez
    Lead with Horses – Jean Spada-Allgood
    Nevada Neon Project – Will Durham
    Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program Inc. – Molly Walt
    Optimist Club of Reno – Priya Ahlawat
    Ridge House, Inc – Dani Tillman
    Shopping Angels – Jayde Powell
    Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center – Christine Johnson
    T Black Entertainment Inc. – Natashi Black
    The S.W.A.A.A.G Foundation – Kyle Burke

    Nonprofit Academy Graduates

    Artists' Co-operative of Reno – Patricia Leonard
    Arts for All Nevada – Jackie Clay
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada – Derek Beauvais
    Children's Cabinet –  Kim Young
    Communities in Schools of Western Nevada – Auburn Harrison
    Cultural Alliance Nevada –  Tia Flores
    David J. Drakulich Foundation – Ognjen Grubor
    Dress for Success Reno – Northern Nevada – Patti Pietsch Weiske
    Envirolution – Vanessa Robertson
    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
    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 Outdoor School – Melanie Erquiaga
    Northern Nevada Literacy Council – Adrienne Santiago
    Northern Nevada Math Club –  Sherry Griffin
    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) – Kristen Kennedy
    Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts – Dennyse Sewell
    Reno Little Theater –  Melissa Taylor
    ROC Foundation – Sara DePaoli
    Ronald McDonald House Charities – Rikki Ricker
    Safe Embrace – Jessica Cisneros
    Sierra Arts Foundation – Tracey Oliver
    Step 2 – Mari Hutchinson
    Tahoe Public Art –  Marina Lowe
    Tahoe Rim Trail Association –  Morgan Steel
    Tahoe's Connection for Families – Kimberly Warren
    TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada – Elisha Harris
    Urban Roots – Fayth Ross

    2020 Nonprofit Participating Organizations

    • Artists’ Co-operative of Reno
    • Arts for All Nevada
    • Bristlecone Family Resources
    • Children’s Cabinet
    • David J. Drakulich Foundation
    • Food Bank of Northern Nevada
    • For Kids Foundation
    • Hart Foundation
    • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
    • Nevada Community Action Association
    • Northern Nevada Literacy Council
    • Northern Nevada Math Club
    • Safe Embrace
    • Tahoe Public Art
    • Tahoe’s Connection for Families
    • TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada
    • United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra

    2019 Nonprofit Academy Participating Organizations

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada
    • Communities in Schools
    • Cultural Alliance Nevada
    • Dress for Success
    • Envirolution
    • Girls on the Run – Sierras
    • Nevada Educational Advocacy Center for Children & Youth
    • Nevada Historical Society
    • Nevada Outdoor School
    • OLLI
    • Pioneer Center
    • Reno Little Theater
    • ROC Foundation
    • Sierra Arts Foundation
    • Step 2
    • Tahoe Rim Trail Association
    • Urban Roots
    Nick Tscheekar

    Contact Nick Tscheekar, Community Engagement Officer

    Email NickCall 775-333-5499 Ext. 14



    “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