CNM Trainers

Bernard Turner, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Belmont University

Dr. Turner has 30 years of diversified work experience with 20 years in the nonprofit sector. He has worked for Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University in various fundraising and administrative/management positions. In these positions, he was instrumental in helping to bring extensive financial support to these institutions. In June 2008, Dr. Turner began his appointment with Belmont University as Assistant Professor, Social Entrepreneurship and Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Service-Learning. He is responsible for implementing a new undergraduate major in social entrepreneurship and providing strategic management of the Center. He has worked with minority and women entrepreneurs in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee in economic development organizations. He has also facilitated in the FastTrac program.

He has been in the grants profession field for 20 years serving not only as a grants professional, but also a grant reviewer for public and private funding sources, and being a senior program officer for a national philanthropic organization. He has raised over $30 million for a variety of causes. In 2008, he became one of the first 170 grant professionals to receive the designation of Grant Professional Certified (GPC) from the Grant Professional Certification Institute. He has published various articles on fundraising, grant writing, and education.

Dr. Turner has over 20 years of experience writing and reviewing grants. In his positions within the nonprofit and higher education fields, he has personally raised over $40 million in grants, large and very small, for numerous initiatives. He is a frequent grant reviewer for the Baptist Healing Trust, the National AIDS Fund (now AIDS United), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


He also has extensive experience training, consulting, and volunteering with social sector organizations and conducts various grant writing workshops for the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville. In 2009, Dr. Turner recently completed a second three-year term on the board of directors for the Grant Professionals Association (GPA).  Currently, he serves on the Grant Professionals Association Foundation board of directors and serves as treasurer. In March 2008, Dr. Turner was one of 170 persons nationwide to be conferred the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) distinction from GPCI. He also serves on the board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

He became the first African American male to receive a doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2003, an Ed.D. in Leadership and Professional Practice. He also has two other graduate degrees; M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. in Organizational Administration from the University of Toledo. His undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Business Administration from Findlay College, now the University of Findlay.