Excellence in Action Certification


Are you looking for a certificate to help you, your team and your board better manage your nonprofit and your day-to-day operations? If so, the EIA Nonprofit Management Certificate is for you. Excellence in Action is designed to meet the needs of today’s nonprofit professionals. A variety of instructional methods are used to provide engaging, practice-oriented learning experiences that are focused on knowledge, skills, and techniques that can immediately be implemented in your nonprofit organization.

This certificate offers a relevant and innovative curriculum that provides participants with a strong foundation in nonprofit management, taught by instructors with extensive nonprofit experience, and is offered in-person and online.

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Upcoming Options

Three Month

*June 11, August 13, & October 8
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This option is perfect for professionals around the state who can't make it to Jackson and would like a little more time to digest the content. This option is offered in partnership with Millsaps College. Because of that it also comes with an additional all-day elective from their Else School of Management's Advanced Applied Leadership Program. Click here to view elective options.
*Qualifies as a re-certification class.
Full Program: $750
Single Days: $250

Six Month

*7/16, 8/20, 9/17
10/15, 11/19, 12/17

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Slow and steady wins the race. This option is perfect for the busy professional with a busy board of directors who can barely find the time to meet, let alone attend an all-day training together. This half-day session provides you the chance to take in the content and digest it over a month.
*Qualifies as a re-certification class.
Single Day Cost: $100
or Full Program: See Step 2: Payment Below

Step 2: Payment

After we receive your application we will contact you. You will receive a custom payment link.
Individual Certification: $500
Organizational Certification:
*Includes a Peer-Review Site Visit
$2,000: 3 Team Members
+$750: 1 Additional Team Member
+$500: Per Additional Team Member

Key Features

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Certified Fund Raising
Executive Points

Receive 15 CEU Points

Incredible Guest Speakers & Trainers

Experts and Leaders from a Variety of Nonprofit, Philanthropic, and Public Sectors

Proven Quality

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

Comprehensive Instructional Approach

Whole Group Instruction
Cohort Model
Peer-Review Site Visit

Here is what our participants have shared about why they chose the EIA Nonprofit Management Certificate:

  • 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."

"The EIA Certificate program allowed me to develop my professional growth as a nonprofit leader, as well as identify where my organization was at risk in all the critical components. Each certification 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 certifications fast enough! The nonprofit sector has long awaited a certification program of this caliber. It was well worth the investment of both my time and money."

“Our museum completed The EIA Certification Program in 2016.  Because we improved our organizational capacity thru EIA, we submitted an improved grant application with solid data that earned us a grant award of over one million dollars to expand the museum.  We fully credit EIA with preparing us for this opportunity.”

“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!”