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Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp

Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp

Montgomery College’s Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp

Montgomery College’s Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp develops the competency of emerging leaders striving to create beneficial change for the people and the environment within, which we live. For participants who are either new to a leadership role or looking to expand their leadership confidence and competence, this seminar equips them with foundational leadership frameworks, skills, and strategies and gives them the space to apply that learning to their organizational and personal lives. 

Our current experiences with a global pandemic and broad-scale social movements have amplified the need to deeply understand what it takes to create change and design organizational structures that have efficacy and can effectively adapt to rapidly, and at times dramatically, changing environments. This program introduces frameworks for outcomes-oriented planning and decision making that are used to explore the different management domains of governance, programming, finance, human resources, communications, and engagement, helping participants contribute to effective organizations and beneficial community change.

Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp is a program committed to creating a thriving Montgomery County through advancing the leadership confidence, competence, and comfort of nonprofit professionals. In response to the current public health conditions, the program will be offered as an online seminar. The program consists of both self-paced content and weekly facilitated live (online) peer sessions over 12 weeks. 


Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp Information


The Montgomery College Nonprofit Training Institute invites you to apply to the 2021 Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp.

For priority consideration, including scholarships, apply by Monday, January 25, 2021.

Fill out the  Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp Application Form. You must fill out this application to be considered for the program.

A professional recommendation is requested from your organization's executive director or senior administrator. New executive directors may obtain a letter from the board chair. You will be asked to supply the name and email address of the person who has agreed to do this on the application form.

Course Schedule: 

  • 2021 Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp
  • Course #: NPT009 • CRN #: 34793
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

  • Fridays: 2/5/2021 – 4/30/2021 (no class 3/19/2021)

  • Online using Zoom and Blackboard
  • $300 + $300 fee = $600; Non-Md. Residents add: $300
  • Tuition Waiver Applies: Seniors (age 60+) pay fee only

Course Details:

• Identifying targeted outcomes of their work and the work of the organization that clearly align with and advance organizational mission and community benefit
• Developing strategies and plans of action that clearly and effectively support people in achieving desired outcomes
• Assessing and developing organizational systems that support people in their efforts to achieve desired outcomes
• Making decisions and applying their skills and competence to contribute to the overall leadership capacity of the organizations they serve

• A personal leadership development plan
• Strategies for bringing out the best in others
• Planning and strategy development frameworks
• Stronger understanding of the role of financial, human resources, and communication systems
• Tools and templates to facilitate their own leadership effectiveness

This program is designed for people looking to develop their own leadership and expand their own comfort with engaging others, affecting change, and designing systems that support the success of themselves and others. It is specifically targeted to people in non-traditional leadership roles and people who are in mid-level management positions.

• Full participation in ALL sessions
• On-time arrival (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
• Engaging in discussions with peers (asking questions, sharing tools, sharing learnings, etc.)
• Prepared with any requested materials
• 1-2 Hours of out-of-session work between each session
• Readings or videos
• Organizational sleuthing – applying questions and inquiry at work based on topics covered in class
• Reflection – either an individual or in an online discussion group – often sharing what you have tried or observed

This program is not a compendium of best practices and short-cut tools to managing a nonprofit. It is a process-oriented program to help individuals understand how to create change and build systems that support the success of others and the organizations they serve. 

  • Leadership Orientation (defining leadership success, group dynamics)
  • Outcomes-Focused Planning (strategy, programs, projects)
  • Building Culture (vision, values, community benefit)
  • Supporting Success in Others (listening, coaching)
  • Effective Engagement (communications, relationship building, fundraising, advocacy)
  • Fiduciary Responsibility & Sustainability (community impact, financial infrastructure, assessment)
  • Organizational Health and Sustainability
Scholarship Opportunity
 Matthias Leadership Endowed Scholarship

The Montgomery College Foundation announces the Matthias Leadership Endowed Scholarship that provides one (1) award of $400 to an applicant in the Montgomery College Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp. Scholars will be required to pay the remaining tuition and fees and must fulfill all requirements, including participation in all sessions. 

 If you are interested in applying for this scholarship opportunity, please select "Yes" on the Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp Application

For more information, contact Tracee Matthias, Senior Program Director at (240) 567-2595 or

Justin Pollock
Facilitator Justin Pollock
Justin is the founder of a consultancy working with community benefit agents and capacity builders to develop leadership and strategies that create communities where equity, dignity, respect, and a healthy environment exist for everyone. His focus is on strengthening the connection between vision and the leadership, programming, finance, and infrastructure needed to make change happen and on supporting organizational leaders with what they need to effectively govern and operate their organizations. With more than 20 years of experience in the education and nonprofit fields, Justin has trained and presented to board, staff, and volunteers from hundreds of nonprofit and government agencies ranging from small start-ups to large well-established businesses on topics of governance, financial management, planning, supervision, leadership development, and organizational sustainability.

Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp Application Form.

Note: Nonprofit organizations conducting business in Maryland can send their employee(s), who reside in D.C. or Virginia to this program and pay In-State tuition. The organization must fill out a Business and Industry form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) for those out-of-state employees and return it with the course registration form.