Foundations of Nonprofit Management: Part One

Groundwork’s Remote Course in Management Theory and Practice

This course brings together fundamental concepts of management and a discussion-driven, experiential format to give participants the chance to develop their own unique management style. We’ll meld management concepts and philosophy, such as why you need a vision of change, with extremely practical skills, like structuring effective performance reviews.

Topics Covered in Part One

  • Understanding the “invisible spotlight” of management and engaging in management through daily, unscripted interactions
  • Diagnosing the stage of growth for your team and organization and which styles of management are most useful during that stage
  • Identifying the key traits you’d like to cultivate within your teams and thinking practically about how to do so
  • Holding effective career conversations with your employees at all levels
  • Establishing regular feedback methods that will help your employees develop and grow to their fullest potential while addressing performance problems early—before they explode

Small class sizes ensure that participants will build relationships with their cohort and have ample opportunity to explore their own management challenges and learn from others in the group.

This class is ideal for managers—either experienced or new—looking to hone their skills and learn from others in nonprofit leadership roles. It offers many of the benefits of direct management coaching while being significantly less expensive than individual coaching.

What to Expect from Part One

  • 5 classes conducted through video-conference, each 90 minutes in length
  • A small cohort of managers and directors seeking to improve their communication, strategy, and leadership skills
  • A supportive, confidential space to experiment and learn about new ideas
  • New management and leadership concepts introduced every week, with exercises to help participants integrate concepts into their own work flow
  • Additional take-home assignments and readings

Fill out an application today. 

Dates for Fall 2019 class:

    • Class one: Friday September 27, 2019 12:00 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
    • Class two: Friday October 4, 2019 12:00 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
    • Class three: Friday October 11, 2019 12:00 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
    • Class four: Friday October 18, 2019 12:00 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
    • Class five: Friday October 25, 2019 12:00 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific

All classes are 90 minutes

What Commitments Must Participants Make?

  • Participants should ensure they are available for all 5 sessions before signing up. As the concepts build from week to week, skipping weeks would disrupt the learning experience. If you have a scheduling conflict for only one week, please email me to discuss options at
  • Participants will need a computer with reliable audio and video, and a steady Internet connection
  • Fill out an application


  • Early bird pricing: $600 if paid by August 27, 2019
  • Regular bird pricing: $700 if paid by September 6, 2019
  • Late bird pricing: $850 if paid by September 26, 2019

How to Apply

  • These classes are kept purposefully small, and we intentionally try to build cohorts that will benefit and learn from one another. Please submit an application to indicate your interest and we’ll get back to you.