Participants in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders program

Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders

A six-day residential program designed to further the professional development of leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Led by a strong sense of mission and vision, nonprofit organizations play a critical role in improving society and impacting the world around us. The Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders brings together leaders from social and human services, health care, community development, arts, environment and education organizations to further their professional development and build an enduring network.

Drawing on leading-edge research and the teachings of Stanford faculty, this program integrates conceptual knowledge with individual experiences to support participants in their impact on the nonprofit sector.

Who Should Attend?

EPNL targets decision makers in nonprofit organizations. Ideal candidates are typically at the CEO or Executive Director level or sometimes at the COO or VP level with the rationale that these are the individuals who can immediately have the largest impact on their organization. While educational and professional backgrounds may vary, participants are often mid-career with a long track record of working in nonprofits or their sector of targeted impact. Participants are typically employed full-time by a nonprofit organization.

Participants represent a range of organizations in various sectors, sizes and geographies. The typical organization represented, however, has a broad impact and is well established. All participant organizations hold nonprofit status or their country’s equivalent.

What to Expect

  • In-class lectures, discussions and exercises led by Stanford MBA faculty

  • A richer understanding of how to integrate organizational mission and strategy

  • An increased confidence in your ability to lead and scale your organization

  • A new perspective on your organization’s potential and impact

  • Development of a plan of action for addressing key organizational and strategic challenges

  • A strong network of relationships with a diverse group of nonprofit leaders


The tuition for EPNL is generously subsidized in part by Stanford Graduate School of Business through its Center for Social Innovation and from additional donor funding in support of Stanford’s commitment to non-profit organizational development. As a result, the program is offered at significantly reduced rates as outlined below. Tuition is calculated on a sliding scale based on the operating budget of the organization the participant represents and includes all accommodations, meals, and course materials during the program.

Organization’s Operating Budget Individual Tuition
<US $1M US $4,750
US $1M - $10M US $6,850
>US $10M US $9,825
Faculty Director
Dale T. Miller
Professor, Organizational Behavior
Dale Miller is director of the Center for Social Innovation. His research interests include the impact of social norms on behavior.


Past Participant Spotlight
Vice President & Executive Director, Community Relations & 49ers Foundation
Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders

EPNL was an incredible intellectual and social experience that has armed me with tools to maximize the impact of the 49ers Foundation and a network of like-minded change makers who are here to support us in our journey.


Dave C. Brown
Past Participant Spotlight
Executive Director, Home Matters
Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders

EPNL is so much more than classroom text put in the nonprofit sphere. We were introduced to proven models of leadership and challenged to think about how we could be doing more in our roles and organizations, having more impact and making the world a better place.