Rockwood believes leadership can and should reflect the diverse communities in which we live and work. We are committed to making all of our programs available to as many social change leaders as possible. Program tuition is determined on a sliding scale to ensure equal access to individuals from institutions of all sizes. Generally, the participant covers the cost of travel. However, if a donor or foundation underwrites a program, travel costs or fees may be partially covered by Rockwood. 

Typically, it costs Rockwood around $5,000 per participant to produce a five-day Art of Leadership (AoL) training retreat.  These costs include staffing, marketing, individualized performance evaluations, a five-day residential retreat rental (including room and board), curriculum materials, professional trainers and personalized follow-up evaluations.

The critical support of foundations and individual donors make it possible for Rockwood to subsidize training costs for leaders whose nonprofit organizations have limited budgets. Our generous funders are listed here

The following sliding scale fee charts for the Art of Leadership and Advanced Art of Leadership programs, and the Strengthening the Practice Refresher Program are used to determine fees based on an organization's most recent annual budget or a foundation's assets. There is a different fee structure for Leading from the Inside Out and sector-based fellowships. Contact us for more information.

Art of Leadership and Advanced Art of Leadership Fee Scale for Organizations
 If your organization's annual budget is
 AoL Fee
 $10,000,000 and up  $4000
 $7,000,000 - $9,999,999  $3000
 $4,000,000 - $6,999,999  $2500
 $2,000,000 - $3,999,999  $2000
 $1,000,000 - $1,999,999  $1500
 $500,000 - $999,999  $1000
 $0 < $500,000  $500

Art of Leadership and Advanced Art of Leadership Fee Scale for Foundations

 If your foundation's
assets equal

 AoL Fee
 $25,000,000 and up  $4000
 $10,000,000 - $24,999,999  $3500
 Up to $9,999,999  $3200

The fee for unaffiliated individuals is $3000 for the Art of Leadership.  Please contact us for more information.

Strengthening the Practice Refresher Fee Scale

If your organization's annual budget is
Refresher Tuition
$2,000,000-$4,999,999 $325
$500,000-$1,999,999 $250
$500,000 $125

The tuition fee for the Refresher for foundation staff is $725. Tuition for individuals who are not associated with a nonprofit at this time is $500.


Payment for full tuition and room & board is due two weeks (10 business days) after being accepted into the program. If you are accepted less than 4 weeks before the start of the program, your payment for tuition and room & board is due within 3 business days of your acceptance letter. We cannot guarantee enrollment until payment is received.

For more information on individual, government or private sector tuition rates, please contact