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Leadership Development

Nonprofit Leadership
Cornell Certificate Program


5 Courses


1 Course/Quarter


100% Online


Earn After 5 Courses


The Nonprofit Leadership Cornell Certificate Program offers just what you need, and nothing more.

Earn an executive certificate from TalentED and Cornell University by taking all five segments, or pick and choose the courses that best fit your role and professional development needs:

Why Attend?

  • This program was developed specifically for the nonprofit industry in partnership with Cornell University, and is only available through TalentED
  • This is a unique opportunity for professionals to access exceptional executive education from Cornell University, without travel. 
  • Learn directly from Cornell faculty in online sessions designed to supplement and connect all the courses in this series—highlighting the applications to the nonprofit industry and your role.
  • You’ll find all content and activities are customized specifically for the unique challenges and opportunities of nonprofits. 
  • Activities, discussion boards, and online sessions are designed to make you an active participant in the learning process, allowing you to become a stronger leader at your own pace.
  • Expand your network of like-minded professionals as you connect and share your own experiences. 
  • Students who complete all coursework will earn an executive certificate from TalentED and Cornell University, demonstrating their knowledge and ability to apply what they’ve learned to their careers and organization. 


This program consists of five, two-week eCornell courses.

Leading in a VUCA World

May 10—23, 2023

VUCA is an acronym that stands for “volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.” Learn how leaders understand and counteract the impacts of the VUCA world to lead more effectively today. In this course, you will gain insights into how you can identify and reduce the impact of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity in your workplace, elevating your opportunity to succeed. You will match your strengths and weaknesses with the leadership characteristics essential in today's VUCA world to formulate an action plan to guide you in improving your leadership skills. Finally, you will develop skills to improve your vision, courage, and character, ultimately preparing you to lead in a VUCA world.


Assessing Non-Profits Using Financial Statements and Ratios

Fundraising and Revenue Generation

Managing Team Performance

Strategic Decision Making

Course curriculum is subject to change.

About eCornell

Ivy League Curricula and Top-Ranked Faculty

eCornell is Cornell University’s online learning platform, which provides online professional and executive development to students around the world. eCornell courses are all developed by Cornell University faculty, and often include practical insights from other industry experts. All eCornell course content comes from top-rated programs with proven curricula. 

Expert Led, with Structured Flexibility

eCornell courses are online and expert led with structured flexibility. Courses are facilitated by subject-matter experts, who will guide you, challenge you, and help you apply the course concepts to your real-world, on-the-job circumstances. Each course has a defined start and end date, but is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals by allowing students to complete their work at the times that work best for them—daytime, evening, or weekends.

Start and End Dates Drive Completion

A critical part of successful self-directed learning is to have a finish line, so eCornell courses have defined start dates and end dates. Most eCornell courses take about six to eight hours to complete, over a two-week period. 

Interaction & Collaboration

As an eCornell student, you are never alone in your course. You are part of a cohort of other learners from across North America. Required discussions play an important part in your course, giving you and your classmates the opportunity to share and exchange your own experiences, best practices, perspectives, and examples. All this shared learning is facilitated by an instructor who brings both subject-matter expertise and real-world experience. Your interaction with peers from different organizations, and backgrounds fosters collaboration, networking, and a lot of practical, shared learning.

Emphasis on Practice and Application

The ability for you to interact with expert instructors, to ask questions and receive answers, and to learn with—and from—other participants keeps the learning interesting, practical, and above all, relevant to your work. 


And there’s one more key component: practice opportunities. 

Most eCornell courses include a project, which challenges you to apply the course concepts to your own organization. Others include interactive scenarios, simulations, and other engaging practice activities. All courses include tools, techniques, or job aids that you can put to immediate use in your work.

Every certificate program and course is developed with very tangible outcomes in mind. To eCornell, it’s not enough if a course helps you to know something, or even to understand it. Programs are designed to go much further, to equip you to do something—better or for the first time—at your job. 

We ask, “after completing this course, what will participants be able to analyze, identify, assess, implement, calculate, or influence that they couldn’t before?” eCornell courses draw on a variety of components to provide this practical learning:

  • Discussions
  • Projects
  • Practice activities
  • Short videos
  • Interviews with industry experts
  • Online tools and downloadable resources
  • Case studies and examples
  • The guidance of an instructor

The eCornell approach positions you as an active participant in the learning process, allowing you to build the necessary problem-solving skills at your own pace and in your own style to confront the real challenges you face on the job and in life.



General George Casey Jr.


Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Joe Grasso

Joe Grasso


Cornell IRL School

Allison Elias

Allison Elias


Cornell's Nolan School of Hotel Administration

Diane Burton

Diane Burton


Cornell ILR School


Robert J. Bloomfield


Johnson Graduate School of Management

Faculty subject to change.


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Next Cohort:
May 10-23, 2023



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