Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI)

About The Program

For more than 15 years, EDLI has offered dedicated one-on-one coaching, peer learning and comprehensive training to help nonprofit leaders turn their visions into reality. It is the only program designed exclusively for nonprofit Executive Directors that combines long-term coaching and training.

Join EDLI and grow your peer support community by building relationships with other nonprofit leaders, as you learn ways to think more strategically and develop solutions to the extraordinary challenges you face. With reinforcement through in-depth training and personalized coaching, the dynamic EDLI program responds to the emerging needs of nonprofit leaders of today.


EDLI opened my eyes to the challenges, rewards, and opportunities of being an Executive Director. I learned a lot from what the other Executive Directors in the program shared; they always had ideas, practical tips, challenges, and scenarios to discuss. EDLI empowered me to put my best leadership foot forward and put my values, principles, and vision for the organization into action!

Nina Crowe

Chief Executive Officer, Glendale Arts | Alex Theatre

The Power of Our Approach

What sets EDLI apart?



You will be matched with one of our consultants who will serve as your leadership coach for 9-months. As your thought partner and coach, your consultant will listen to your specific organizational needs, help you identify opportunities and solutions, and support you as you complete the program.

Past participants who have taken advantage of more than 40 hours (approximately 2 sessions per month) of coaching throughout the year often report the biggest transformation in their leadership approach.

Peer Learning

You will join a cohort of fellow nonprofit leaders to build a supportive and confidential forum in which to share knowledge and personal experience, develop peer coaching skills and explore new strategies for dealing with challenging situations.

Together, you will learn how to leverage your emotional intelligence to lead your organization and staff to better fulfill your mission. Intentional social pods are created for you to build closer connections to colleagues.

Class Training

You will explore comprehensive leadership topics and strengthen your nonprofit management skills through a series of workshops that will cover the topics listed above.

Through presentations, facilitated discussions, and interactive exercises with real world applications, instructors with subject matter expertise and nonprofit experience will help create a dynamic learning environment for you and your cohort. These lectures will be led by a group of instructors from diverse backgrounds and expert knowledge about nonprofit management.

How It Works

  • Application Process

    Program Starts February 2023

    Apply now through our online form below or contact staff with any questions:

    Meghan Maloney, Director of Volunteers and Cohort Programs, at [email protected] or (213) 613-9103 x119

    Upon receipt of the application, you will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview.

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  • Please inquire about additional financial assistance that may be available for eligible organizations to further reduce your program fees.

  • Training Sessions

    If public health guidelines permit in-person gatherings in 2023, we may shift to an in-person format or a hybrid of both in-person and virtual. In-person sessions will include a breakfast and lunch, and will end at 3:00 p.m. Any in-person sessions that may occur will be held at The California Endowment building in downtown Los Angeles.

    • Wednesday, June 14, 2023
    • Wednesday, July 12, 2023
    • Wednesday, September 13, 2023
    • Wednesday, October 11, 2023

    What Our Partners Are Saying

    What do our EDLI graduates say?