Center for Excellence

Leadership * Governance * Philanthropy

The Center For Excellence: Leadership, Governance & Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University was envisioned and established to be the leading education support and training center dedicated to ensuring effective leadership in the nonprofit community. The Center is designed as a resource for emerging or ascending leaders in executive management, board leadership, and executive philanthropy. Our programs are targeted to those who aspire to be future nonprofit leaders as well as those individuals who want to increase their skill sets and individuals seeking to increase their organization's performance and results. Our instructors are proven successful leaders with particular expertise who will also serve as mentors for the students. In addition to classroom instruction, our students will participate in field visits to select high performing organizations to learn from those currently recognized for excellence in their respective fields. Also, each Certificate Program will have a limited annual enrollment to allow the students to develop supportive work groups in the classroom, field visits and case studies culminating in an annual graduation ceremony.


Our unique focus will be supporting emerging and
current leaders who wish to be high performance leaders in executive management, board leadership, and executive philanthropy, as well as those seeking to transition to the nonprofit sector.

Please follow this link to our Online Brochure.

For more information about enrolling in these dynamic programs,

click to the Admissions link

 or call 201-692-6500 to speak with our staff.


  • Executive Nonprofit Leadership Certificate
  • Executive Philanthropy & Resource Development Certificate
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Essentials

Additional details about each certificate program, including course descriptions, are available by clicking the links in the right column of this page.

Student testimonials:

“I have come away from every session with a “nugget” of understanding that I will take with me as I move up the leadership ladder..... Each presenter has allowed us to see a unique and candid perspective of what Executive Leadership is from inside the corner office.”

   - Anthony Gebbia, Principal/Assistant Director for Montgomery Academy


"I was drawn to FDU's Nonprofit Executive Leadership program because of the extremely relevant topics that it was going to cover and quality of the instructors. Little did I realize the networking opportunities it would provide and the doors that it would open."

   - Jeanne M. Patrican, Consultant






The Center for Excellence

3rd Annual Conference


Women in
Nonprofit Leadership

will be held on
May 21st


at the Madison Hotel in Morristown

More info coming soon!




To view our explanatory online webinar describing the Center for Excellence,
please click here.


Executive Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Executive Philanthropy & Resource Development Certificate

Certificate in Nonprofit Essentials

Application Form (pdf)

Scholarship Application (pdf)


Please follow this link to our online brochure.

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Classes held at these locations: 


FDU Metropolitan Campus

1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666  


FDU College at Florham

285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

in addition to meetings on site at various nonprofits.


To register for sessions or for more information, please contact:


Fairleigh Dickinson University
Division of Continuing Education
Center for Excellence
1000 River Road, H-DH1-02
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Phone: 201.692.6500

Fax: 201.692.6505



To view a video of our Executive Director,
Dennis Miller, speaking about the Center for Excellence, follow this link:


The Center for Excellence is proudly sponsored by:

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Diamond Sponsor


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Gold Sponsor


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To access the 2011 Study of High Net Worth Women’s Philanthropy and The Impact of Women’s Giving Networks, researched and prepared by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, please click here.