Excellence in Action


The Alliance is proud to offer Excellence In Action (EIA), our signature nonprofit management certification program taught by instructors with extensive nonprofit experience. Designed to meet the needs of today’s sector professionals, EIA curriculum provides innovative, practice-oriented content focused on developing knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary for operating impactful nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

Through a variety of instructional methods, EIA provides engaging peer-to-peer learning experiences focused on building a strong foundation in nonprofit management.

EIA is offered in two formats.

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EIA Formats

Extended Session

One, half business day a month for 3 months

Hybrid | 10AM-3PM

Day 1
Legal Accountability and Transparency*, Governance,
Leadership and Organizational Culture

Day 2
Planning and Operations, Financial Management,
Fundraising, and Evaluation

Day 3
Strategic Directions & Alliances, Civic Engagement,
Human Resources and Professional Development
and Volunteer Management

*Only module required for recertification

2-Day Boot Camp

Two, back-to-back business days

In Person Only | 9AM-4PM

Day 1
Legal Accountability and Transparency*, Governance,
Financial Management, Leadership and Organizational Culture, Human Resources and Professional Development

Day 2
Planning and Operations, Fundraising, Evaluation,
Strategic Directions & Alliances, Civic Engagement
and Volunteer Management

*Only module required for recertification


Offererd on day one of any extended session or two-day bootcamp.

EIA certification is valid for three years.  After three years, Legal Accountability and Transparency is the only module required for recertification.  Register to join day one of any upcoming extended session or two-day boot camp date.

2024 EIA Dates

Extended Sessions*


Facilitator: Karen Sock
Location:  Jackson, MS

Facilitator: Jan Eastman
Location:  Starkville, MS

Facilitator: Sharon Griffin
Location:  Tupelo, MS


Facilitator: Michael Dozier
Location: Biloxi, MS

Facilitator: Karen Sock
Location: MS Gulf Coast

Facilitator: Sharon Griffin
Location: Alliance Training Facility | Jackson, MS

*Extended sessions are hybrid, however in-person attendance is preferred when
location is local to the participant.
Virtual option available on all dates.

2-Day Boot Camps*

JUL | 17 & 18
Facilitators: Michael Dozier & Michele Baker
Location: Alliance Training Facility | Jackson, MS

AUG | 8 & 9
Facilitator: Michael Goss
Location: Alliance Training Facility | Jackson, MS

AUG | 22 & 23
Facilitator: Sharon Griffin
Location: Cleveland, MS

OCT | 24 & 25
Facilitators: Michael Goss & Michael Baker
Location: Alliance Training Facility | Jackson, MS

NOV | 14 & 15
Facilitators: Sharon Griffin
Location: TBD

*Our 2-day boot camps are in person only.  Virtual option not available on all dates.


Offered on day one of any upcoming extended session
at 10:00 a.m. or 2-day boot camp at 9:00 a.m.

AUG 27

JUL 17
AUG 22

OCT 24
NOV 14

*To register for recertification, please email training@alliancems.org.

Step 2: Payment

Upon receipt of your application we will contact you
and send a custom payment link. 

Individual Certification:
Organizational Certification*:
$2,000 | 3 Team Members
+$750 | One Additional Team Member
+$500 | Per Additional Team Member
*Includes a Peer-Review Site Visit

Key Features

 Consultants & Trainers
Experts and leaders from a variety of nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors.

Comprehensive Instructional Approach
Whole Group Instruction | Cohort Model | Peer-Review Site Visit

Proven Quality
400+ Participants
150+ Certified Organizations
140+ Certified Individuals
75% Increase in Board Member Satisfaction

Certified Fund Raising Executive Points
Receive 15 CEU Points

What our participants have shared about why they chose to get EIA certified in nonprofit management. 

  • Technologically relevant and innovative curriculum that provides members with a strong foundation in nonprofit management

  • EIA nonprofit management certificate provides increased marketability in the industry

  • Ability to enable strategic change within their organizations

  • Participants enhance network through an expanded leadership cohort of peers and support

  • Gain an awareness of emerging trends in the nonprofit sector

  • Knowledgeable and accessible instructors

Additional advantages

  • A robust network of established experts and course colleagues that share best practices and offer guidance and support.

  • All instructors have extensive nonprofit experience and work in the nonprofit sector.

  • An interactive, adult-learning environment

  • Immediate and accessible knowledge and tools that strengthen necessary skills, improve efficiency and provide the ability to implement best practices of high-impact nonprofit organizations.

What Participants Say

"Although I have worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years, the EIA experience provided immediate and usable tools that helped enhance my knowledge to become a more skilled nonprofit professional. It was great to interact face-to-face with individuals of all educational backgrounds and levels of experience that were committed to their organization’s mission and seeking to advance in their professional development just like me. I learned up-to-date trends affecting the nonprofit sector today and ways to lead and manage staff, volunteers, and board members more effectively. The knowledge learned in strategic planning, marketing, fundraising and resource development is invaluable."
“Our museum completed our certification in 2016.  Through EIA we enhanced our organizational capacity and submitted an improved grant application with solid data, earning us a grant award of over one million dollars to expand the museum.  We fully credit EIA with preparing us for this opportunity.”
"EIA helped me grow professionally as a nonprofit leader, as well as identify where my organization was at risk in all the critical components. Each module provided unique, comprehensive tools I could immediately implement. The instructors were ‘masters’ in their field of expertise and provided insight into real-life applications. The information was so valuable I could not take the modules fast enough! The nonprofit sector has long awaited a certification program of this caliber. It was well worth the investment in both my time and money."
“Very good. Excellent program. Should be
mandatory for all board members.”
“I learned so much more in EIA than I did in my master’s social work program. This should be required for MCSW’s!”