As the need for well-prepared leaders in the nonprofit sector increases, so does the importance of identifying effective educational strategies to prepare emerging professionals. The case study method has been widely used in many disciplines to bring reality into the classroom. These cases are used to prepare emerging professionals to critically evaluate problems and issues and to develop action plans to address them. As more case studies become available in the nonprofit literature, instructors need to carefully consider how to help the students effectively prepare for case discussions, analysis, and reporting. This paper addresses practical instructor and student strategies that will increase the likelihood of a successful case study experience.