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Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute At Spalding University

The Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute at Spalding University is a prestigious yearlong training program for leaders of area nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting children and families. Launched in 2019 at Spalding as a one-of-a-kind partnership in the region between a philanthropic organization and a university, the Kosair Charities LDI aims to improve and enhance already high-performing nonprofits through a comprehensive program of professional development and coaching provided by the University’s faculty, staff and community partners.

Participants and alumni of the Kosair Charities LDI include executive directors and seniors leaders of more than 80 nonprofit organizations that have received philanthropic support from Kosair Charities.

Each class of the Kosair Charities LDI at Spalding is selected by Kosair Charities. For more information on the program, contact our offices at 502-637-7696


Using a cohort model and delivered via monthly training modules, the curriculum of the Kosair Charities LDI at Spalding touches on all facets of organizational development and leadership, with social justice concepts weaved in throughout. Topics include:

  • Emotional intelligence leadership
  • Financial strategic management
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing, public relations and social media
  • Creating a strengths-based culture
  • Legal and ethical matters
  • Design thinking
  • Understanding and applying restorative practices


Tori Murden McClure, President of Spalding University:

“Spalding University is proud to partner with Kosair Charities to provide this high-level training to nonprofit leaders who are doing some of the most meaningful work in our community, and our involvement in the program aligns perfectly with the Spalding mission. As a small, compassionate university dedicated to peace, justice and service – and as a nonprofit organization, itself, made up of experienced nonprofit leaders – Spalding is well-suited to deliver this type of comprehensive training and coaching.”

Sonja Grey, LDI 2020-21 cohort member and Executive Director of Exploited Children’s Health Organization (ECHO):

“I am honored to have been selected to participate with such an elite group of community leaders. I am most looking forward to cultivating new relationships with my classmates, learning new tools or skills from experts, and ways to engage with each other. With this experience, I want to continue to learn about myself and how I can be the most effective, compassionate leader for my organization and the community.”

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