June 28 – July 1, 2022
Bratislava, Slovakia

Apply for the NGO Leadership Workshop
and innovate 
for impact!

We are excited to announce that we are offering a unique capacity-building opportunity for NGOs in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Northern Macedonia and Moldova. In cooperation with the Weiser Centre for Europe

and Eurasia at the University of Michigan, and the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan, we are offering a one-week in-person NGO Leadership Workshop for civil society activists and leaders of NGOs, project

and initiatives. The workshop empowers selected civil society representatives to strengthen their leadership skills, managerial capacities, and entrepreneurial acumen to advance the impact of their organizations.


The program schedule will span four business days and will be supplemented by self-paced e-learning modules. In addition

to the in-depth lectures, program trainers will facilitate group exercises designed to create meaningful connections between participants. The program will also create space for establishing new partnerships and cooperation. 


4 days

Connection between people

Networking and partnership building

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Exclusive tailor-made content and Supplementary e-learning modules

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Distinguished instructors


Certificate upon completion

By attending this workshop, you will:

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Gain a deeper understanding of potential revenue-generating models, concrete skills for analyzing entrepreneurial opportunities for NGOs, and an action plan to move ideas into implementation to ensure greater sustainability and impact for your organization.

Program outline

The Workshop is structured around presentations by distinguished experts and follow-up interactive small group discussions and Q&A sessions. The organizers will conduct a survey of participants’ needs to guarantee tailor-made content. The program will start on Monday, June 27, with an evening reception in Bratislava. You can find the detailed schedule below.

Program of the day 1

Day 1: June 28, 9.00 - 17.00 CEST


Entrepreneurship and Business Models for NGOs


Trainer: Gayle Northrop, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Northrop Nonprofit Consulting

Leading an NGO requires many of the same skills and mindsets of running a private company or large corporation. The difference lies in the fact that the margin earned by an NGO is returned to its mission. NGO leaders applying an entrepreneurial mindset can maximize the stability and sustainability of their organization and, most importantly, the sustainability of their impact. Topics covered in this session include an introduction to entrepreneurship and innovation, forms of social innovation, applying an entrepreneurial mindset in the NGO context, asset mapping,

and design thinking for social innovation. Participants will leave the session with a deeper understanding of potential revenue-generating models, concrete skills for analyzing entrepreneurial opportunities, and an action plan to move ideas into implementation to ensure greater sustainability and impact for their organizations.

Program of the day 2

Day 2: June 29, 9.00 - 17.00 CEST


Building Effective Organizations


Trainer: Julie Felker, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

Working with and through people to accomplish an organization’s goals is at the heart of effective leadership.

As leaders and future leaders, we must recognize that by building a positive organizational culture, performance is enhanced, while at the same time employee well-being can flourish. You will learn to better understand your own behavior, as well as the behavior of others in order to enhance organizational effectiveness. High levels of employee engagement result in employee motivation and retention, and improve organizational performance and stakeholder value. In this session, we will explore what motivates employees, the foundations and best practices of engagement, how to develop strategies to strengthen your organization’s culture of employee engagement,

and resilience.

Progam of the day 3

Day 3: June 30, 9.00 - 12.30 CEST

Conflict Prevention and Management


Trainer: Julie Felker, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan



Conflict at work is a common occurrence. Although people often shy away from conflict, it can actually be productive and healthy, resulting in better organizational outcomes. This is only true, however, if conflict is managed well, and remains functional, focused on ideas and not people. It is when conflict becomes dysfunctional that individuals and organizations suffer. In this session, we will investigate sources of conflict, our own preferred methods of conflict management, and ways to resolve conflict.  Additionally, we will consider incivility in the workplace and how to eliminate it.

Program of the day 4

Day 4: July 1, 9.00 - 16.00 CEST

Fundraising and Development Options for Central European NGOs


Trainer: Ryan Turner, Social impact and organizational sustainability consultant

There is no such thing as “too small” for NGOs seeking to develop their fundraising. Beyond traditional grants and donations, other opportunities do exist to build support for your organization. Finding — and successfully using — these opportunities requires a shift in thinking, as well as the ability to leverage limited resources wisely and creatively. Participants will explore alternatives available to smaller organizations in the areas of individual giving, corporate support, and non-traditional sources. Topics will include: what organizations ignore or overlook in their fundraising, essential types of support to consider, ways to increase and extend existing resource networks; key skills and capacities necessary to sustain development activities; and potential trends and practices worth watching. Participants will leave the session with a clearer sense of what small organizations can do to start or enhance their fundraising; how to use their “smallness” to their advantage; and specific starting points to consider for their development efforts ahead.

Our instructors


WCEE - Weiser Center for Europe & Eurasia - logo
University of Michigan - logo


William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan - logo
Hekima - logo