About

The NGO Academy is a joint project of ERSTE Foundation and the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship of Vienna University for Economics and Business. It was founded in 2013 with the goal of strengthening the civil society sector in Central and South-Eastern Europe by providing further educational opportunities. NGO Academy offers a range of high-quality capacity building programmes designed specifically for executive managers and staff members of NGOs. By transferring knowledge, imparting skills and helping participants to build up networks, NGO Academy supports the organisations themselves, and, indirectly, also their beneficiaries.

Our offers consist of four programmes, the Social Innovation and Management Programme, the Regional Programme, the Masterclasses and the Professional Master Programme.

NGO Academy in a Nutshell ​

Why​

In the work with our partners, we identified that NGOs and Social Enterprises in Central and South Eastern Europe are facing various challenges on multiple levels. These challenges include little and volatile financing possibilities, little room for building knowledge and methods for professional work, as well as a lack of financial means and possibilities to benefit from existing capacity builders. This is where we come in.

What

The NGO Academy team carries out four different programme formats to achieve its desired impact: the Social Innovation and Management Programme, the Regional Programme, the Masterclasses and the Professional Master Programme.

Our programmes aim to convey knowledge focussing on: Resources and Innovation, Implementation,Leadership and Strategy and Regional Topics.

All of NGO Academy’s offers are designed to be easily accessible in geographical, financial and language terms for our community.

What for

NGO Academy supports civil society organisations and its employees through capacity building, leading to higher benefits for their target groups and beneficiaries. This is achieved by:

  • Supporting organisations’ executives in acquiring competences

  • Building international networks among like-minded persons and experts

  • Offering insights into recent trends and developments

  • Focusing on hands-on skills for employees’ daily work and concrete new projects

For whom

NGO Academy’s programmes are designed to address members and executives of civil society organisations in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Nonetheless, the programmes are accessible only for organisations within NGO Academy’s community, except the Professional Master Programme.

Team

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Camilla Mittelberger

Programme Coordinator
WU Wien
Vienna University of Economics and Business

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Martin Mehrwald

Programme Coordinator
WU Wien
Vienna University of Economics and Business

Yvonne-Reif

Yvonne Reif

Programme Assistant
WU Wien
Vienna University of Economics and Business

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Nicole Traxler

Project Manager
ERSTE Foundation

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Reinhard Millner

Academic Programme Director
WU Wien
Vienna University of Economics and Business

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Peter Vandor

Academic Programme Director
WU Wien
Vienna University of Economics and Business