Nonprofit Skills Academy

Learning opportunities designed to develop skills, practices, and behaviors which best prepare people working in the social sector for success.

In the fall of 2020, HBI joined into a training partnership with, home to GuideStar, the Foundation Center, and former GrantSpace (now Candid Learning).

As a new member of the Funding Information Network, HBI & UWM have the combined goal of providing nonprofits throughout Wisconsin access to the Foundation Directory Online, further skills-building professional development opportunities, and additional capacity-building resources. Additionally, UWM faculty and staff are developing a number of online workshops on a variety of topics focusing on hard skills useful to nonprofit boards, leaders, and staff.

Some Academy offerings will require a small fee to participate, while others will be available free of charge.




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