The NGO Academy offers capacity building programmes for representatives of NGOs and social businesses in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Each programme focuses on the further development of management competences and addresses a variety of related topics. They are clustered into four categories:

Resources & Innovation: this category includes topics related to the various resources an organisation uses and depends on and their acquisition, as well as innovation management as a mean to create, identify and introduce new resources into existing systems (eg. fundraising, community involvement, innovation management, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, etc.)

Planning & Implementation: this category addresses topics related to skills necessary in the daily work of an organisation, as well as in the implementation of new projects (eg. marketing, social media, project planning, etc.)

Sustaining Success: this category consists of topics relevant for the successful management of an organisation, internally and towards external stakeholders (eg. leadership, impact measurement, proposal writing, etc.)

Local Focus: this category focuses on topics relevant to organisations due to the local context they are operating in, such as a specific country or its status in relation to the EU, as well as soft skills that might vary depending on the cultural frame (eg. EU funds, negotiations, CSR partnerships, etc.).



The Social Innovation and Management Programme aims at the further development of non-profit organisations and their leading staff. The programme combines practice orientation with a solid base of expert knowledge. Read More

The Regional Programme is a topic-centred programme and focuses on strengthening management competencies of non-profit managers and staff members, taking into consideration their local context and needs for further development. Read More

The goal of the Masterclass is to enable participants to gain deep insights into one specific topic which challenges and changes organisations’ processes and structures. Read More


The study was conducted by the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship at WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business), commissioned by and in collaboration with ERSTE foundation as well as with a group of country experts. Read More

This study is guided by the intention to develop a better understanding of the current state of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the diverse pathways of its development, and its possible future trajectories. Read More