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ED Boot Camp - (Light)

Go from Cautious to Confident (in a few hours)


Stepping into an Executive Director role can be scary, stressful, and really hard. There's no instruction manual. You might worry, "What If I fail?" or “What if I’m not prepared?” or worse, “What if I mess things up?”

In my 20s, I was a full-time civil rights activist working for a brilliant guy. He was my boss, best friend, and mentor. But, he was not the best at being an Executive Director. Meetings were a mess. No one had job descriptions. Accountability was lacking. It was frustrating. It turns out, I learned a lot about how to run an organization by watching it be done wrong.

So, when I got my first Executive Director job, I didn’t want to make the same mistakes. I wanted to excel at management and leadership, not just activism. I was terrified that I wasn’t ready or that I would mess things up. Worse than that, I had terrible imposter syndrome.

Did I have the skills? The temperament? The right training? I wish there had been a quick primer or course for me back then. That’s why I am committed to making sure other emerging leaders have what I didn’t: a carefully crafted and framed body of wisdom and skills to prepare people for a really important job. There is no manual or training when you arrive as an ED. This course fixes that.

This "light" version of the full ED Boot Camp Course just gives you the highlights of the full course. I strongly suggest you take the full ED Boot Camp course because there are more free tools, more content and you get a certificate of completion at the end, which you can brag about on your resume. You'll thank me later!

This shorter version of the course is less expensive, but also less expansive. I’ve been in nonprofits for 25 years and served as Executive Director for four organizations. I’m ready to share what I’ve learned with you.

If you are ready to:

-Take charge of your career and make more money

-Grow your skills and confidence

-Say goodbye to nagging doubts and imposter syndrome

-Change the world – by running the place!

-Become an expert (or Rockstar), not just another non-profit leader

You’ll learn about board development, governance, finance, fundraising, compliance, operations, HR, leadership challenges unique to nonprofits, and the common pitfalls to avoid.

No theory. No icebreakers or wasted time on fluff. Transform your career.

Enroll today.


Your Instructor


Sean M. Kosofsky, MPA, The Non-Profit Fixer
Sean M. Kosofsky, MPA, The Non-Profit Fixer

Hi, I’m Sean, and I'm the Non-Profit Fixer!

I’ve worked in nonprofit organizations since I was 16 (over 27 years).

I love nonprofits. I study nonprofits. I also lead and fix nonprofits. Whether its local, state or national - or charitable or political – I have helped grow and develop organizations of all kinds. I've served as an Executive Director for 5 organizations. I am a coach and consultant for boards, executive directors and activists of all stripes. I’ve worked in communications, victim-services, civil rights, environment, policy, bullying prevention, lobbying, management and much more.

I learned how to run a non-profit the hard way – by watching someone do it poorly. I’ve also been thrown into the deep end and told to sink or swim. I don’t want that to happen to anyone else, so I have made it a commitment to my business to train people how to effectively fundraise and manage organizations for maximum impact. I’m nationally known and respected, and I’m a really swell guy (just wait, you’ll see!)

Best of all, I cut through the BS. My tools and trainings are straight-to-the-point, immediately useful, and chock-full of tips and tactics you can start using today.

I live in San Francisco with my fiancé Travis and my adorable dog Harry!


Class Curriculum


  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 1 - Intro to Sean, MTG, and Course
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 2 - The Agony and the Ecstasy
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 4 - Fund Development
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 5 - Management (Financial)
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 6 - Management (Legal Compliance)
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 7 - Management (Human Resources)
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 8 - Management (Technology)
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 9 - Management (Operations)
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 10 - Management (Best Practices)
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 11 - Programs
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 12 - Community Relations and Communications
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  Executive Director Boot Camp Section 15 - Wrap up
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I don't want you to be unhappy! But here's the deal. I want you to actually give the course a try. If you complete 4 modules of the training and you still aren't happy, I will guarantee a full refund. But if you purchase the course and never try, the offer is not valid. We think this is fair. We spent a lot of time creating the course and we want you to try it. Again, the course if free if you aren't happy after giving it a try.

ED Boot Camp has provided greatly needed clarity to the rarely clear-cut and oftentimes ambiguous ever-changing responsibilities of an ED of a nonprofit. Sean is able to lay out these responsibilities in a manner that is honest, straightforward, and engaging. Sean invites you into the conversation and leaves you feeling competent and ready.

-Taryn Gal, Managing Director, Michigan Organization for Adolescent Sexual Health.

(this endorsement is for the full course)

The ED Boot Camp gave me confidence that I am on top of all of the various areas of compliance and reporting that I am responsible for. I truly appreciated the straightforward content that obviously comes from years of experience in the field.

Sue Samaniego - Director of Foundation, Colorado Northwestern Community College

(this endorsement is for the full course)

In non-profit work, it is easy to jump from one project to the next without taking a look at the big picture. The Executive Director Bootcamp is the perfect way to reflect on how you can be doing more to create and maintain a sustainable organization while protecting your board, staff, and your own position. Sean's lessons are packed full of information and resources that are worth a second and third review even after you complete the course.

Kristin Bonot, Alberta Parent Child Assistance Program


I just completed the Executive Director Boot Camp. My business is growing and moving into managing larger organizations. This course gave me the confidence and tools I needed to know so I can make that leap from small organization management to larger state wide or national organizations with confidence. It also gave me a lot of tools and ideas that I can improve on. Thank you so much for your assistance!

Monique Ochoa, President, Plan-it Satisfaction

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