Certified Lifecycles Capacity Consultants (CLCC) Qualifications


Applicant must be a current Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute Lifecycles Capacity Consultant (LCC) member in good standing for at least 1 year and a recognized specialist in Nonprofit Capacity Consulting. 

Lifecycles Capacity Consulting Interest

Applicant must show their commitment to organizing their Consulting work around Lifecycles approach to Nonprofit Capacity Building. 

Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute Membership

Applicant must be a current Lifecycles Capacity Consultant (LCC) or Organizational Membership in good standing for at least 1 year 


New LCC membership with significant supervised NLI work experience in Lifecycles Capacity consulting 


New LCC membership with recognized and significant Lifecycles Capacity Consulting work in their respective communities.

NLI Conference Attendance 

Preference will be given to applicants that attend annual NLI Conferences. The expectation is that CLCCs will continue to attend and lead sessions at future annual NLI Conferences.

Professional Standing

Applicant must have an overall professional reputation and standing, as determined by NLI, that qualifies the candidate for this premier designation. To support such standing, applicants are asked to submit a referral from at least 1 of each members of the nonprofit capacity ecosystem: nonprofit organization, consulting colleague, and funder.


An applicant must be have an achievement in at least one of the following areas: 

Special Achievement 

Applicant must have demonstrated special achievement in the nonprofit sector. The candidate’s cumulative body of achievement is considered on a case-by-case basis from the criteria of any or all of the following areas of special achievement:

Academic Achievement

Significant and continuing service as an educator in the nonprofit sector as a(n):

  1. Educator: examples include, but are not limited to, holding a teaching appointment of associate professor or comparable status with evidence of significant contribution to the nonprofit academic literature. Both the publication of papers and presentations at national meetings will be considered in reviewing a teacher’s contributions to the field.
  2. Researcher: Examples of research include, but are not limited to, the acquisition of new knowledge through hypothesis driven original work in the field and/or success obtaining peer reviewed publications academic journals.
  3. Publisher: Examples of contributions to the literature include, but are not limited to, the synthesizing of current knowledge in appropriate formats that make information available and useful to others in the sector (educators, researchers, policy-makers, consultants and organizations; or using knowledge to improve practice, education, peer-reviewed journals or chapters in high-quality books;
  4. Lecturer: Sharing of knowledge and learnings in presentations at meetings including case reports, lectures at local, regional, and national professional meetings, including within the Institute, itself.

Lifecycles Practitioner Achievement

Significant and continuing community, state, regional, national, or international service in the area of Lifecycles Capacity Building above and beyond the expected delivery of services.

Examples of achievement include, but are not limited to, significant dedication of time and effort to public education outside practice; practice in an underserved community or region; charitable or volunteered services inside or outside practice; service to nonprofit sector community service organizations; public relations explaining the sector and importance of capacity; and awards from community organizations. NLI reserves the right to review evidence of achievement on a case-by-case basis.

NLI Leadership

Significant and continuing service to the Institute in a leadership position.

Examples of NLI leadership include, but are not limited to, service as a member of an Institute committee or task-force officer; leading a NLI program; partnership with the Institute in research or initiatives that further the nonprofit field, or as a key advocate on local, regional or national issues impacting the sector.

Community Service

Consistent, documented voluntary community service related to the nonprofit sector. NLI reserves the right to review evidence of community service on a case-by-case basis.

Other Special Achievements

Other special or unusual achievements, as determined by the Institute and documented by the applicant.


Successful applicants will be invited to join a year-long Academy cohort class to achieve certification. Academy nominations are open through October 31, 2021. Now accepting nominations, access the nomination form here.