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Successful Start: Boot Camp for New Nonprofit Executive Directors

New Program for New Nonprofit Executive Directors & CEO's:

Successful Start Boot Camp

Set your nonprofit up for success from the start - Leading a nonprofit organization, engaging stakeholders, raising funds and managing staff can be a challenge.

The New Executive Director Boot Camp allows you to INVEST in yourself as a leader for three days of eye-opening, professional growth.


LEARN from expert speakers on topics ranging from:

  • Board Management
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Management
  • Program Evaluation 

CONNECT with other nonprofit executive directors for support and collaborative solutions to the challenges you wrestle with in your leadership role.

3 Days - November 4th through 6th

Day 1: November 4 - Purpose and People
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Breakfast
  • Mission, Vision, Values
  • Challenges of Leadership
  • Boards: Meetings, Structure, Fundraising Expectations
  • Prework: Online Certificate in Board Orientation
  • Nonprofit HR Overview
  • Organizational Culture (Creativity & Innovation)
  • Q & A; Recap & Close the Day

Day 2: November 5 - Principles & Key Management Essentials
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Breakfast
  • Efficient Day-to-Day Operations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Making Sense of Finances & Financials
  • Program & Organization Evaluation
  • Storytelling
  • Marketing
  • Q & A; Recap & Close the Day

Day 3: November 6 - Fundraising & Stewardship
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Lunch
  • Diversified Fundraising Plan & Annual Fund
  • CEO & Development Director Partnership
  • Stewardship
  • Panel of Nonprofit Executive Directors with 3 - 5 years experience
  • Monday Morning Leadership
  • Recap, Evals, Close

Hear from previous attendees of Successful Start: Boot Camp for New Nonprofit EDs:


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Are you new to your role as executive director?
Have you served in your position for 3 years or less?
This Boot Camp is for New Nonprofit Executive Directors. 

Cost: $825 (scholarships for a 30% discount are available for Edyth Bush Institute members). Scholarships will not count toward an organization's $500 scholarship threshold. Members, please complete the Scholarship Application in lieu of the online registration. For information about becoming a member, click here.


Edyth Bush Institute may be able to offer partial scholarships to new executive directors to attend this program. Preference will be given to organizations focused on Workforce Training, Small Business Development, Financial Health, and Neighborhood Revitalization. Organizations serving low to moderate income communities, seniors and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Members and non-members of the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership can qualify for the scholarship. Click here to see if you qualify.

If you have any questions about registering, call our office at (407) 975-6414 or email

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The Executive Director Boot Camp program is made possible with support from JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Rollins College is located in Winter Park, just outside of Orlando, Florida.

Coming from out of town? Hotel options near the Rollins College campus:

The Alfond Inn
Located two blocks from campus.

Call 407-228-4007 for reservations.

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Comfort Suites
Located two miles from campus near I-4. Includes complimentary breakfast.

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