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.


Join us to discuss topics from our new paper on philanthropy reform.

Isabel Argoti, NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn about Isabel’s work with first-generation college students

Celebrating Our 25th

We invite you to participate in series of conversations throughout the year on Democracy at Risk.

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View event video on voting rights, redistricting and power building.

ISPU 2020 Case Study

Explore the real vulnerabilities, challenges and lessons learned by ISPU’s board.


Read about the actions taken by the Howard County Public School System.

Lori Pitts, NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn how Lori works with incarcerated individuals to take control of their own narrative

Marisa Stubbs NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn about Marisa’s work at Critical Exposure.

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Philanthropy Class grants $30,000 to DC Nonprofits

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View the video and resources from the event.

John Davis 1, NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn about John’s career in international development.

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Harnessing Virginia’s Grassroots Resistance

John Smith, NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn about John’s work on COVID-19 contact tracing in NYC.

Kate English, NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn how Kate teaches about America’s history with atrocities.

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Learn about different approaches to systems change from the practitioner’s perspective.

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Read about measuring the impact of social movements.