NGO Academy Membership

NGO Academy supports civil society organisations in the CEE region through capacity building. Our focus lies on the support of organisations that have an impact on underserved populations and address overlooked social issues. Thanks to the support of ERSTE Foundation more than 500 organisations have had the opportunity to join the NGO Academy network in the past years. ERSTE Foundation, Erste Bank as well as renowned scholars and experts identified these organisations as eligible for scholarship.

What does NGO Academy offer?

NGO Academy Member Organisations and their employees are eligible for the NGO Academy’s Capacity Building Programmes, namely the Regional Programme, the Social Innovation and Management Programme and the Professional Master in Social Innovation and Management. More than 45 workshops and other interactive formats convey up-to-date and hands-on knowledge each year. Organisations from 14 countries are part of our network and share their experiences and knowledge. It is the numerous participants of the NGO Academy and their valuable inputs and perspectives that make the programmes what they are: a learning journey that is supported by an extensive network of creators and practitioners.

How can my organisation apply?

In order to sustain growth and agility of our network, we take in further organisations in irregular intervals. If you wish to become part of the NGO Academy Network, we are looking forward to getting to know you and your organisation.

Once NGO Academy has admitted your organisation, you and your organisation’s staff will be informed about upcoming programmes and invited to register for offers in the Regional Programme and to apply for the Social Innovation and Management Programme.

We kindly ask you to carefully read NGO Academy’s eligibility and selection criteria before submitting your application. Should you have any additional questions, please contact us via

NGO Academy Programmes

The Social Innovation and Management Programme is a comprehensive, modular programme combining practice orientation with a solid base of expert knowledge. It provides its participants with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills required to manage their organisations.

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

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Community-Led Events promote exchange and collaboration among NGO Academy Member Organisations and other organisations in Central and Eastern Europe.

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The Professional Master in Social Innovation & Management is a fully accredited programme designed to accelerate the understanding of the current core dimensions of social innovation and management.

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