RGK Center Executive Education

Customized Programs

Strategic Management for Nonprofit Leaders

The RGK Center works in collaboration with clients to design customized programs that address nonprofit management challenges. Our goal is to provide educational programming that helps nonprofit executives become more effective leaders and managers. In our practitioner-focused sessions, participants analyze real-world case studies of nonprofit leaders working to solve challenging problems. Programs provide opportunities for leaders to engage with the most recent research and management tools and frameworks that can be implemented immediately in their own mission-driven work. Programs are designed with free evenings for participants to relax, network, strengthen partnerships, and share ideas.

2014 St. David’s Foundation Grant Partner Program

The RGK Center planned and delivered a two-day leadership development program for grant partners of the St. David’s Foundation. Over 80 nonprofit leaders representing 40 health-focused organizations in Central Texas participated. Program highlights included:

  • “Measuring What Matters,” an opening session on evaluation led by Carolyn Heinrich, LBJ School Professor and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy 
  • Board members of participating nonprofits were invited to strategic planning sessions led by David La Piana, a leading expert on nonprofit management and governance, with more than 30 board members attending
  • Geoff Tumlin, President of On-Demand Leadership and former Assistant Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership at the LBJ School, led a “train the trainer” session on strength-based leadership that nonprofit executives can adapt for professional development within their own organizations
  • A focus on “collective impact”—the collaborative work of expanded networks of organizations from across sectors to address a common social agenda—led by Kyle Peterson, managing director of FSG nonprofit consulting, which initiated the Collective Impact Forum in collaboration with the Aspen Institute
  • Activity breaks led by UT fitness specialists and nutritious menus with a range of healthy options

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Executive Management Retreat for St. David’s Foundation Grantees

In collaboration with the St. David’s Foundation, the RGK Center created a custom two-day capacity building retreat for leaders of the foundation’s grantee organizations. The program focused on strategic modeling, board development, performance measurement, and outreach and communication. View the program schedule.

Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment (TRIAD)

The RGK Center developed an executive education program, information and resources for nonprofit leaders in Texas working with deployed and returned military personnel, soldiers, and their families. TRIAD leader executive training programs offered in 2010, 2011, and 2012 covered topics in fund development, social media, leadership, and management of volunteer and nonprofit employees. Participants included executive directors, development directors, senior program staff and board members. View a sample program schedule.

National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program 

The RGK Center worked with National Arts Strategies to design a multi-day, issue-based education program for executives participating in the NAS Chief Executive Program. This two-year initiative involved 100 of the world’s top executive leaders in the cultural sector working to solve its most intractable problems. RGK partnered with the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and Harvard Business School in providing unique educational programming for participants in the NAS program.

RGK’s program, The New Nature of Money, challenged participants to think creatively about their business models in the context of a rapidly and dramatically changing capital market for nonprofits. The program explored forward looking financial models to help participants rethink financing strategies for their mission-driven organizations. View the program schedule.

RGK faculty can develop programming aligned with the following topics:

  • Strategic Alignment
  • Design Thinking for Social Innovation
  • Using Logic Models
  • Performance Measurement
  • Strategic Budgeting
  • Leading Change
  • Competencies of Effective Boards
  • The Perfect Pitch
  • Program Portfolio Management
  • Storytelling with Social Media
  • Leveraging the Skilled Volunteer
  • Conflict in the Workplace
  • Comprehensive Community Engagement

The RGK Center also regularly works with funding organizations to design theme-based capacity building executive education programs for foundation grantees. Some examples include:

  • a one-day program on performance measurement and marketing for the Sooch Foundation;
  • a four-day program for nonprofit organizations managing AmeriCorps volunteers, services to rural constituencies, and faith-based organizations for the OneStar Foundation; and
  • a four-day program with emphasis on governance for the St. David's Foundation;

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