Support Center’s next New Executive Director Institute will be held on September 24, October 1, and October 8, 2024! The application is currently open. Applications will be reviewed and admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis until August 12. Since the admission process is rolling and the cohort will approach capacity over time, we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible.


Dates: Tuesdays, September 24, October 1, and October 8, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
Location: Virtual. All programming, unless otherwise noted, will take place virtually through Zoom. A recurring link will be provided to you prior to each session.
Tuition: $750. Partial scholarships available on a case-by-case basis. Tuition payment must be made in full by the first day of the program upon invoice receipt.

In the world of leadership, it’s a common understanding that the summit can sometimes feel like a solitary peak. Executives often need a confidant within their organization when navigating delicate matters and tackling challenging situations. Enter Support Center’s New Executive Director Institute—a tailor-made for new or relatively new executive directors.

The New ED Institute isn’t your typical training – it’s a transformative journey that arms participants with essential tools to conquer the peaks of operational structure, board management, fund development, and leadership.

Picture this: a collective of forward-thinking executives engaging in vibrant discussions, unveiling the secrets of efficient organizational management, and baring it all by sharing both triumphs and trials. Participants engage in an innovative, peer learning-based curriculum to illuminate resources and strategies in numerous critical areas of an ED’s responsibilities. Facilitators guide specific content areas and navigate the wide range of technical assistance options available to nonprofits. Cohort participants stay connected after the program through an online platform and in-person meetups. These sessions are not just about learning best practices but about fostering a community where success stories are celebrated, challenges are met head-on, and genuine connections are forged. Welcome to a learning experience beyond the ordinary – New Executive Director Institute awaits!



This highly interactive institute consists of content informed by research and experience and is designed to help executives advance their skills in:

  • Executive Leadership and Management
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Strategy and Partnerships
  • Risk Management
  • Board Governance and Relations
  • Financial Management and leadership
  • Organizational growth and development



The Institute is ideal for newly appointed Executive Directors, as well as those who have been in place for less than five years. The Institute will empower you with the knowledge and confidence needed to tackle the challenges and maximize the opportunities that come with being an Executive Director. 

To learn more, email [email protected].