Apply for the NGO Leadership Workshop and innovate
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.
By attending this workshop, you will:
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.
Be able to develop fundraising strategies novel to the region, develop out-of-box thinking about potential donors and use the relative “smallness” of your organization to your advantage.
Learn to build effective strategies of employee engagement and develop strategies to strengthen your organization’s culture and resilience.
Develop your leadership behaviors and skills to manage people and organizations, and tackle leadership challenges, such as conflict and motivation.
Gain six-month access to an exclusive online learning portal with additional learning tools and materials.
Gain access to other education and fundraising opportunities and our robust alumni network of 169 leaders, spanning 18 countries across Europe and Eurasia.
Earn a certification upon successful completion of all training requirements.
Who can apply?
Your organization should focus on one or more of the following areas:
- Human rights (including issues such as inclusion, equality, migration, etc.)
- Strengthening democracy and rule of law (including watchdog activities)
- Global citizenship education
- International development
- Improving education in your country
Advanced English language skills are required.
We also welcome more applicants coming from the same organization.
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.
Entrepreneurship and Business Models for NGOs
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.
Building Effective Organizations
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.
Conflict Prevention and Management
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.
Fundraising and Development Options for Central European NGOs
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.