NGO Leadership Workshops


ngo leadership Workshops

Our programs are:


Participants work together, forming strong professional networks


Consider the local environment, including opportunities and constraints


Empower learners to put tools and frameworks into practice


Since 2015, WDI and its partners have provided NGO Leadership Workshops to non-profit leaders from across Central and Southeastern Europe. Together, we now offer two NGO Leadership Workshops per year making the world more civically engaged and peaceful.

Covering marketing, strategic planning, resource mobilization, and management, these workshops are designed to help NGOs run more effectively and sustainably. Workshops empower NGO leaders to strengthen their internal expertise, managerial and income-generating capacities, improve their ability to engage with both general public and government stakeholders, and to develop international networks. The spring workshop takes place in Warsaw, Poland with the support of local partner, FED (Education for Democracy Foundation), while the fall workshop is in Bratislava, Slovakia with the support of local partner, Hekima. Click here to download a PDF of the latest NGO Workshop’s Final Report.

Those interested in attending either workshop are required to submit applications. Selected applicants will attend tuition-free, lodging will be provided and transportation costs reimbursed.

NGO Leadership Workshop Bratislava Final Report 2022

NGO Leadership Workshop Bratislava

Final Report

View the final report of the NGO Leadership Workshop Bratislava 2022.

NGO Leadership Workshop Warsaw October 2022

NGO Leadership Workshop Warsaw

Final Report

View the final report of the NGO Leadership Workshop Warsaw 2022.


Participants at a table during NGO workshop


June 12–16, 2023

Bratislava, Slovakia

We are excited to announce a unique capacity-building opportunity for NGOs in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Northern Macedonia and Moldova. Bratislava-based Hekima, in cooperation with the Weiser Centre for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan, and the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan, is offering a one-week in-person NGO Leadership Workshop for civil society activists and leaders of NGOs, project and initiatives. The workshop empowers selected civil society representatives to strengthen their leadership skills, managerial capacities, and entrepreneurial acumen to advance the impact of their organizations. 


Fall 2023

Warsaw, Poland

Held in partnership with the U-M Weiser Center and Warsaw-based FED, this workshop is open to NGO leaders from Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Georgia and Moldova. The workshop is designed for NGOs working with refugees from Ukraine. Topics of focus include working with refugee communities, resilience, strategic planning in crisis, working with people with PTSD, and digital security.

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