Now Accepting Applications for the CNLM Class of 2014!

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Proven Learning Experience Significantly Improves Nonprofit Leadership & Management

The Center for Community Based and Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community, in collaboration with the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO), is now taking applications for the 2013-2014 Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) program.

Entering its 7th year, CNLM has 200 alumni from throughout Texas, who, in a recent study of the program’s real world impact overwhelmingly reported significant changes in their skill levels, attitudes, perceptions behavior and employability as a direct result of their CNLM experience.

  • 73% of respondents experienced major changes in their thinking;
  • 86% of respondents believe the program increased their ability to effectively lead and manage a nonprofit organization;
  • 33% of respondents experienced new nonprofit employment opportunities;
  • 66% of respondents experienced a positive change in their attitude toward others who may be different than themselves;
  • 87% of respondents learned lesson about themselves that have continued to be helpful and
  • 93% would strongly encourage a colleague or friend to apply to the program, if asked.

CNLM recognizes that many nonprofit practitioners and volunteer leaders come to their work through passion and can benefit from a systematic, comprehensive, non-academic, interactive, experiential, learning experience that focuses on the key competencies required to be a self-aware, reflective, ethical leader with a strong sense of professionalism, commitment and passion for the nonprofit sector.  Indeed 91% of respondents reported that this credo/ mission statement accurately reflected their CNLM experience.

The CNLM program raises the bar on professional and volunteer leadership and management practice in Texas.  It entails 20 full days of learning and engagement with passionate, expert practitioners who offer participants opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and relationships necessary to lead and manage nonprofit organizations; including, but not limited to: understanding the unique aspect of the social, political, economic, and philanthropic factors related to the nonprofit sector; and acquiring and practicing skills in communications, governing, resource development, financial management and financing, marketing, risk management, public policy, human resources, and more.

The current CNLM Class of 2014 starts on August 22, 2013 and graduates on June 4, 2014.  More information – schedule, sessions, alumni, testimonials – and application form are at or can be obtained from Lisa Dent, ACC CCBNO Coordinator, at or 512-223-7051.  Scholarships are available. Class members are selected on a first come first served basis.  Applications will be accepted through August 2, 2013.