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National Leadership Institute - FL affiliate of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy


National Leadership Institute (NLI) is a 501(c)(3) founded to help build better nonprofit boards, deliver cutting edge fundraising tools, and enhance leadership development at all levels and all types of organizations. 


We believe when nonprofits run like a strategic, successful business, more energy, passion and budget gets to the actual mission. You deliver stronger impact to the people & communities you serve by working smarter, not harder.



NLI is the Florida affiliate of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy (SIP), covering South Florida, Florida and the Southeasten United States. Through SIP at NLI, we bring you highly researched, developed and respected "Cause Selling" curriculum for best practices in all areas of fundraising.

NLI specializes in leadership development for both the established and emerging leader. We focus on all board-related needs, from governance training that resonates with both long-standing and new board members, to strategic planning, succession planning and retention, to evaluations for board and/or staff. We can serve as a neutral liaison between board and staff to help facilitate consensus, and lead your board retreat. Every NLI session can be customized to fit your specific needs.



NLI services are extremely affordable for even small nonprofit budgets. Because we're strategic about how we operate, you get world-class, experienced consultants -- at a rate your budget can easily handle. We offer a wide range for FREE nonprofit educational workshops, classes and webinars, via our SIP at NLI partnership. 



NLI faculty and instructors deliver a powerful combination of proven national business experience plus intense nonprofit board service. They work from contemporary curriculum and extensive personal experience. Let our seasoned, passionate professionals help you do MORE good!



NLI’s founder and chairman Gerry Czarnecki is a sought after national consultant with an unbridled passion for giving back to the nonprofit world. He has authored seven books on leadership, and has spoken at conferences across the U.S. He's led a successful C-suite career spanning multiple industries and has served on more then 50 nonprofit boards ranging from the small, local to the large global organizations.

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