The Ten Month Program

How can The LEAD Institute help you cultivate your passion and faithful vision into a thriving nonprofit? LEAD is a premier training program and trusted source for equipping and connecting faith-called nonprofit leaders. The Ten Month Program covers capacity-building content in four areas:

Clarify Your Strategy and Organizational Story.

  • Mission, Vision and Values
  • Two Page Ministry Summary and Budget
  • Program Definition and Measurement
  • Strategic Planning and Execution

Engage Your Board of Directors.

  • Board Roles and Responsibilities
  • Identifying Board Needs
  • Board Recruitment


Improve Fundraising.

  • The Fundraising Funnel
  • Introductory Conversations
  • Setting Up Meetings
  • Making the Ask
  • Donor Care
  • Formal Presentation Practice

Manage Administrative Details.

  • Personal Productivity
  • Equipping Volunteers
  • Legal Issues for Nonprofits
  • Risk Management and Insurance for Nonprofits
  • Accounting and Fraud Prevention

LEAD participants attend training sessions over the course of ten months, receiving more than 55 hours of facilitated classroom content.

LEAD's skilled trainers emphasize foundational curriculum and business best practices. Participants learn how to clarify their strategy, improve fundraising, engage the Board, and manage administrative details. Course deliverables include practical tools and frameworks that leaders can implement with almost immediate impact.

Each participant is paired with an experienced businessperson to serve as a coach and sounding board during training. The coach helps the nonprofit leader plan and implement the tools and best practices from the LEAD curriculum.

Participants attend all classes with a cohort of seven to eight nonprofit leaders. Nonprofit leaders learn from each other and share experiences – both successes and struggles – creating a close-knit community.

Are you a faith-called nonprofit leader seeking to increase your organization’s capacity? Sign up to receive helpful resources and to be notified of upcoming training opportunities.


Can I take individual classes from your ten month curriculum?
One of the key benefits of the ten month curriculum is that you work with the same nonprofit leaders for ten months. This gives you a chance to learn from others’ experiences as well as the subject matter expert leading the discussion. That’s why we do not allow people to take individual classes.
How often do you start classes?
We start a new session of the ten month program every January and July.
What is the process to enroll?
A simple interview with the Executive Director of the LEAD Institute is required. Contact Liz at 404-821-3282 or liz@leadatl.org to schedule an interview.
What are the requirements to participate?
Generally you will have your 501(c)(3) or be in the application process (some exceptions can be made as appropriate) and you have a desire to learn how to improve your nonprofit’s performance.
What if I have to miss a class?
We would encourage you to send a board member or staff member in your place. Just let us know and we will work with you to receive the necessary information.