Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program

Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program

 “ENLP provided me with PERSPECTIVE on Richmond’s nonprofit landscape by introducing me to a NETWORK of talented, reliable, passionate peers. More importantly, it helped me understand MY ROLE within Richmond’s nonprofit sector and the potential we have to create positive impact when we use our connections for COLLABORATIVE GOOD. The leadership learnings I gained are relevant on a daily basis in my work. Thank you, thank you, thank you to a program that helps me improve our shared community by improving my professional and personal capacities.”

Inaugural Year Participant


Program Overview

The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program is a dynamic eight-month experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders in the metro Richmond area. In this engaging program, participants will have the opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of their leadership capacity, advance their understanding and practice of leading in the nonprofit sector, and strengthen their network of nonprofit colleagues. Now in its tenth year of operation, the program has demonstrated measurable results, building a cadre of talented leaders for the future of our community.

2016-2017 Year Information Sessions

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an info session prior to submitting materials. Please feel free to bring the leader at your organization who will be supporting your application (ED/CEO, Board Chair). All sessions will take place at the NLP office at 7501 Boulder View Drive, 23225.

  • June 20, 5:00-6:00pm RSVP
  • July 27, 12:00-1:00pm RSVP
  • August 3, 8:30-9:30am RSVP

2016-2017 Year Program Dates

Barring emergency, participants must be available for the following program dates. Attendance is critical to the transformative learning process.

  • Opening Day: October 11
  • Team Building Day: October 12
  • Overnight Retreat: November 29-30
  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • Closing Luncheon: June 14

2016-2017 Application

Application forms for the 2016-2017 year will be available soon. Applications will be accepted through August 19. Notification letters will be mailed by early September.

Program Highlights

In addition to participating in engaging sessions on topics including strategic leadership, organizational change, collaboration, and coaching others, participants will also have the opportunity to:

  • Experience team building through a rigorous and challenging outdoor course setting
  • Develop relationships with other nonprofit leaders
  • Increase awareness of their leadership through a thorough assessment process, including 360-degree feedback and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step II
  • Benefit from individual leadership coaching, provided by professionals with experience in leadership development and nonprofit management
  • Network between sessions by engaging in dialogue with the other participants and instructors
  • Interact with five local exemplary Executives-in-Residence in a forum where they share their experiences and perspectives

Selection Criterion

This program is for nonprofit leaders who:

  • Are currently employed by a nonprofit in the greater Richmond area.
  • Have the potential to make a significant future contribution to the nonprofit community through assuming higher and increased levels of leadership
  • Show substantive history of involvement in the nonprofit sector through employment, volunteerism, or board service
  • Have supervisory and budgetary experience and responsibility
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development, continuing education, and life long learning

Commitment and Cost

Participants and their organizations are expected to make a significant commitment to developing leadership capacity through:

  • Attendance at all sessions
  • Commitment to approximately four hours each month outside of the group sessions for individual leadership coaching sessions, online dialogue with program participants, completing assessment materials, and reading articles
  • Full participation in program evaluation
  • Interest in being a part of an ongoing alumni network
  • In addition, organizational leaders must be fully invested in the participants.
  • Details regarding program cost for the 2016-2017 year will be announced soon.
  • Multiple scholarships, funded by ENLP alumni, are available. A full scholarship, sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), is available for one  community development professional.