Spitfire Strategies Executive Training Program

Helping Nonprofit Leaders Make Their Organizations Heard

Every organization talks. The most effective ones are led by skilled communicators.


The 2014 program takes place over two in-depth, three-day sessions in Washington, D.C.

Part One: March 5 – 7
Part Two:  May 7 – 9

Participation includes:

  • Two in-person trainings
  • Follow-up, one-on-one coaching
  • Monthly webinar series

Spitfire has a proven track record of helping Executive Training Program participants:

  • Direct effective communication strategies;
  • Create compelling messages for target audiences;
  • Deliver presentations that get rave reviews; and
  • Measure the success of communication efforts. 

Organizations that understand and use communications in the right ways make smart decisions and get powerful results. Grantees that communicate more effectively make their grant dollars go further. This kind of success starts at the top.

The Spitfire Strategies Executive Training Program gives nonprofit leaders an unparalleled opportunity to build the skills they need to more effectively articulate their vision, allocate resources, inspire action and drive their organizations toward their goals.

Sessions that Make an Impact

The Executive Training Program is an action-packed learning experience featuring:

  • Hands-on, in-person workshops on strategy and planning,  messaging, presentations, digital media and more;
  • Exposure to top communicators in the field plus high-profile political leaders, researchers, marketing experts and other guest speakers;    
  • Interactive workshops that apply lessons learned to real work in real time; and
  • Tailored one-on-one, follow-up assistance to ensure participants are building the skills they need to get the results they want.

During the two sessions, participants learn how to rethink their organizational approach to communications. Spitfire’s follow-up support – site visits, coaching, webinars and proprietary tools and resources – helps them immediately share what they’ve learned, implement best practices and track results.


A Sponsorship with Lasting Value
The Spitfire Executive Training Program leaves nonprofit executives with a deeper understanding of how to communicate strategically – and get results.

Participants gain:

  • Critical skills needed to effectively lead a communicating organization;
  • A heightened ability to manage resources, employees and consultants; and
  • Best practices and insights tailored to their individual goals and missions.

Spitfire’s Executive Training Program stretches grantee dollars, strengthens a foundation’s ability to make an impact and elevates the overall quality of executive leadership in nonprofit organizations worldwide.


Field-Tested, Foundation Approved
More than 250 nonprofit leaders have found success through the Spitfire Executive Training Program, consistently rating it as one of the best professional development training courses they’ve ever attended.


“I’ve sent 35 grantees through the program in the past four years and it makes a big difference. If you have some young leaders in your stables who need a communications jump start, this is the one to send them to.”
Jenny Toomey, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation

“Incredibly worthwhile on a number of levels – new skills, being more strategic, better understanding of my role and the comfort to fully embrace.”
Chris Dorsett, Director, Ecosystem Conservation Programs, Ocean Conservancy

“These training sessions have revolutionized our nonprofit and inspired me to teach to other groups in our area, where little capacity like this exists for nonprofits.”
Chris Acree, Executive Director, Revive the San Joaquin

“We will save time, money, and resources as a result of this training.”
Andrea Quijada, Executive Director, Media Literacy Project


Tuition fees are $15,000 for the standard training package (includes 20 hours of one-on-one counsel) and $20,000 for the enhanced package (includes a site visit, an hour of one-on-one counsel with Spitfire President Kristen Grimm and 25 hours of individualized coaching).

To learn more, contact Dennis Poplin at 202/293-6200, ext. 226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Spitfire Difference

As a firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and foundations, Spitfire understands the challenges executive directors face when working toward positive social change. No other firm offers our powerful blend of communication skill, sector knowledge and executive training experience.

Download information about the 2014 Executive Training Program here.