Increasingly, the U.S. economy and the health of our global communities rely on a robust and highly-functioning nonprofit sector. The public sector, the private sector, and the nonprofit sector all recognize the growing need to collaborate in order to tackle this challenging work. At the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, we see our role as preparing leaders who can work for the public good across all sectors.

Through a focus on experiential learning, we provide opportunities for Georgetown graduate students to engage in rigorous study, undertake challenging research, and practice the skills that are required of cross-sector leaders. The Center offers leadership development and executive education programs, including our signature Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate, for individuals working in or with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Finally, the Center focuses attention on education and research at the intersection of philanthropy and public policy—through its endowed Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy—strengthening the efforts of using philanthropy to address intractable social problems.

From trust-based and participatory grant-making, to the creation of pooled and collaborative funds, private foundations are changing the way they distribute resources to shift power. Join Coco Jervis, John Hecklinger, and Cynthia Eyakuze in this virtual roundtable to talk about how donors and grantees engage in participatory grantmaking, what they have learned, and discuss challenges and unresolved issues.

Read the speaker bios here.

Join us to learn more about our upcoming in-person Summer 2024 Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program at our March 13th Information Session.

We also have an Information Session for the Micron Nonprofit Leaders of Color Fellowship on March 18th at 12:00pm ET.

Applications are open for our 2024 Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership.

Join us on April 4th at 12pm ET to learn more about the curriculum, meet the faculty, and have your questions answered. RSVP here.

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May 31, 2024 Application Deadline


April 26, 2024 Application Deadline

DRAFT End of the Year CPNL

Read about the Center’s achievements, impact and growth in 2023.

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Read more about ways to support leadership development as an actionable equity strategy.


Learn more about Ken’s impactful work in Posttraumatic Growth.

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Learn about Gerald’s work to empower Black boys and young men with the skills and opportunities they need to excel in the technology sector and beyond.

Chris Biggs

Learn how nonprofit leaders can use Chris’ capstone project to aid in their organization’s future planning.

Veronica Nolan Alumni Spotlight

Read about how the Nonprofit Certificate Program helped Veronica increase Urban Alliance’s impact to serving students in four cities.

Phil. Cert Program Announcment

Accepting applications for our new Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership.

Funders Together to End Homelessness

Learn how this philanthropic collaborative brings together a broad network to end homelessness by advancing equity and justice.

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Learn how funder collaboratives create opportunities for larger systemic change by multiplying their impact.

Summer 2023 Micron Fellows

Meet the six nonprofit leaders chosen for the Summer 2023 cohort

Headwaters Foundation Case Study

Learn how Headwaters uses a trust-based philanthropy approach to shift the power dynamics that exist between foundations, grantees, and the communities they serve

Terrance King Alumni Spotlight

Read about Terrance’s work to provide comprehensive and innovative services for children and adults with developmental disabilities

Althea Arnold Alumni Spotlight

Learn about about Althea’s work in advocating for greater equity and social justice in affordable housing policy

2023 Grant Award Ceremony

Georgetown University Graduate Class Awards $25,000 to Local Nonprofits

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Read about how Bruno led the expansion of ABRAIDI’s work internationally.

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Learn about the cross-sector partnership that Lisa leads to ensure all Frederick community members are healthy and thriving

Keesha Ceran NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn how Keesha pursues social justice through the field of education

Max Holmes

Read Dr. Kretman’s interview with Dr. Holmes about global state of the climate crisis.