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Why we are different


Our Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) offers one of the most comprehensive nonprofit professional development opportunities in Texas. This serious course of study – requiring the commitment and investment of its participants – combines both traditional classroom learning with real-world experience. Participants gain the skills and knowledge required to thrive and be a committed, competent, and effective leaders within the nonprofit community. CNLM faculty and coordinators are passionate experts who foster the personal effectiveness of nonprofit professionals dedicated to strengthening the organizations they serve.


Early Bird


Standard Tuition


*Eligible for AmeriCorps education award funds and Hazlewood Act tuition exemption program



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** This syllabus is subject to change **

The session will be held online via Zoom. Participants are expected to attend and actively engage in every session. Before you register, please be sure you can commit to participating in each session.

What we do

Many nonprofit professionals and volunteer leaders find their career paths through passion rather than by way of a formal education. The Center for Nonprofit Studies at ACC is committed to bridging this educational gap by cultivating leadership skills for current and future nonprofit leaders to lead and effectively manage their organizations, and the employees within it.

The CNLM experience seeks to raise the bar on the practice of professional and volunteer leadership and management within the State of Texas by developing a strong alumni base of informed, motivated, and successful nonprofit leaders.

CNLM affords a disciplined view of self, the organizations in which nonprofit professionals operate, and the current overall environment of the Texas Nonprofit Sector.

Designed for professional staff, volunteers, those already engaged in leadership positions, or anyone who aspires to become a leader within the nonprofit sector of Texas.

CNLM raises the bar

on the practice of professional and volunteer leadership and management within the State of Texas by developing a strong alumni base of informed, motivated, and effective nonprofit leaders.




“Because of the Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management course, I believe I have a richer, more complete knowledge and understanding of this industry, and wish I had taken this course prior to serving as an Executive Director. CNLM solidified my areas of strength, and illuminated areas where I lacked experience; but overall gave me renewed excitement to continue working in and with this industry.”
Jennifer Ransom

Principal, JRR Consulting

I gained unique perspective into each essential component of running a nonprofit, networked with a high caliber of colleagues and learned from the best in the industry.
Carly Triola

Development Specialist, LIVESTRONG

“The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management (CNLM) program exposed me to every level of nonprofit management to prepare me for an Executive Director role. CNLM was extremely helpful in the advancement of my career as it exposed me to all areas of nonprofits. My goal was to become an Executive Director, and the class provided exposure to all areas of nonprofit management.”
Juanita Budd

Vice President, Program Pathways

“The CNLM experience provided a great foundation for both starting and running an already existing non-profit. It provided me with access to experts in the field and allowed for a dedicated time to focus on some of the toughest challenges facing non-profit organizations today.”
Christy Rome

Executive Director, Texas School Coalition