Equip. Connect. Transform.

Helping nonprofit ministry leaders thrive

Who We Are:

Our Story

Founded in 2007 in Atlanta, GA, the LEAD Institute has been empowering faith-called nonprofit leaders for more than a decade. LEAD strives to be a trusted resource, providing programs that are designed to equip, connect, and transform nonprofit leaders and organizations.

On April 1, 2021, the LEAD Institute merged with Orchard. LEAD and Orchard have a long history of collaborative work spanning over a decade. Our working partnership led us to conversations about the complimentary strategic visions of our organizations. We saw an incredible opportunity to expand the reach of the LEAD Institute's work to impact more nonprofit leaders.

Meet Orchard


Mission: To inspire Christ-followers to launch and lead creative initiatives serving those in need.

Vision: To see a world where Christ is known by the actions of his followers.

Our Impact

LEAD trained organizations have only a 2% attrition rate - 98% of our Ten Month Program graduates are still in operation.

Over 120 organizations have graduated from the Ten Month Program since LEAD’s inception in July 2007.

For LEAD graduates, fundraising results increase by over 20% per year on average.

Over 40,000 people in Atlanta and beyond are impacted annually by the organizations whose leaders have participated in LEAD’s training.