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 a training partnership with, home to GuideStar, the Foundation Center, and former GrantSpace (now Candid Learning).

As new members 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 online and in-person workshops on various 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.


Board Governance

Enhance the effectiveness of board governance in nonprofit organizations.




Financial policies clarify roles, authority, & responsibilities for financial management decisions.




Nonprofits thrive when they have strong, diverse sources of funding & support.


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Nonprofit Start-Up

Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess your readiness.