The non-profit sector finds itself in a state of flux, not only as a consequence of processes of digitalization and internationalization, but also as a result of innovation and increasing entrepreneurial attitudes. The Management Program for Executives in the Non-profit Sector (Management Programm für Non-Profit-Führungskräfte) by WHU and DSA helps you expand your strategic toolkit and establish additional networks. During the program week, you will engage in discussions with our lecturers in interactive learning sessions, consider practical cases in small groups, and put agile methods into practice. After successfully participating in the Management Program for Non-profit Executives, you will be awarded a joint certificate by DSA and WHU.

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CategoryAdvanced Management
Next date Sep 06, 2021 - Sep 10, 2021
Fee 3,350.00 €

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Program content

Deutsche Stiftungsakademie (DSA) and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management have collaborated with renowned executives from the non-profit sector to create an Executive Education program specifically for executives of non-profit organizations such as foundations and social enterprises. Our aim is to expand your strategic toolkit and to provide you with new, inspirational content, for example on the subject of digitalization. In a compact one-week format we will give you the time and space you need to reflect on your own strategic approaches and related topics among like-minded people. Expand your professional network and take the opportunity to interact with colleagues from the non-profit sector.

You can expect a theory-driven, practically focused curriculum that deals specifically with issues that are relevant to the future. You will have the opportunity to discuss key topics with renowned faculty, and also to reflect collegially on the issues that matter to you with your peers in a safe environment. The diverse experiences of the participants as well as the heterogeneity of the organizations represented provide an enriching learning environment that will enable you to develop new and creative approaches to challenges you are facing.

Program benefits

The compact, five-day face-to-face program has been specially developed for executives from the non-profit sector and will help you expand your strategic competence. The carefully selected topics provide new stimuli for the ongoing development of both your organization and you personally.

During the program you will enhance your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Management in the non-profit context: outlook on the latest management techniques and insights into new management approaches
  • Context: strategic implications of new legal and fiscal/financial frameworks
  • Transformation: digitalization of civil society as an opportunity and challenge for non-profit actors
  • Innovative business models: social enterprises as an innovative instrument for extensive and sustainable social impact
  • Agile methods & ways of working: opportunities for deploying agile methods (e.g. design thinking) in the non-profit context
  • Organizational culture: management of change processes in non-profit organizations


You will receive a joint Certificate by WHU and DSA after successfully completing the program.

Participant profile

The target group for the program are executives and high potentials from the foundation and non-for-profit sector, DSA and WHU alumni as well as graduates of other programs in foundation management.

Participants should have at least five years’ experience in management, governance or project management at non-profits, or similar qualifications. Admission to the program is decided by a joint admission board of DSA and WHU.

The number of participants is limited to 25 persons.

Program format and module dates

The in-classroom program will take place at WHU Campus Düsseldorf:

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Erkrather Str. 224a

40223 Düsseldorf

For more information and application please visit the DSA website.

Management-Führungskräfteprogramm für Non-Profits: Sep 06, 2021 - Sep 10, 2021

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