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Nonprofit Management Certificate Program and Workshops

Our Nonprofit Certificate Program reflects the importance of this market sector within the current economic climate. The program is packed with practical techniques necessary for survival in this challenging economy. Workshops are oriented to the needs of staff, program administrators, executive directors, board members, philanthropists, volunteers, and those interested in employment within nonprofits.

To successfully fulfill the requirements of the certificate program, students must complete all four of the core classes and any three electives. Courses can also be taken individually on a non-certificate basis.

Core Courses:
  1. Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management
  2. Overview of Fundraising Techniques
  3. Marketing and Public Relations for Nonprofits
  4. Budget Basics
Elective Courses:
  1. Grant Writing Essentials
  2. Advanced Grant Writing
  3. Leadership: Engage and Empower Your Volunteers, Board and/or Staff
  4. Navigating, Managing and Mastering Donor Relations
  5. Social Welfare Policy Implications in Health and Human Service Professions



A nonprofit can only be as strong as the fundamentals it is built upon. In this class, examine aspects of non-profit organizations that make them unique while focusing on areas critical to their success. Emphasis will be placed on the development of an effective Board, the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, the importance of a mission statement and vision, and the effective management of volunteers.

1.5 CEU

Cost: $155


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 11

Oct 9

5 W 6:00-9:00pm Marge Smith

Marketing and Public Relations for Nonprofits

Marketing and public relations can make or break a nonprofit today. This course focuses on marketing and communication issues and techniques for promoting events and programs while raising a nonprofit’s profile in the public, private, and corporate arenas. Sessions will include tools, resources, procedures and practical information along with hands-on group and individual exercises. One session will be dedicated to the significance and use of such social media as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $130


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Dec 3

Dec 12

4 Tu, Th 6:00-9:00pm Ed Andriessen

Budget Basics

This core course simplifies the mysticism surrounding a nonprofit’s overall organizational budget and provides the vital concepts and components necessary to develop budgets for special programs and fundraisers, along with the related Federal and State reporting requirements. Staff, volunteers, and Board members will benefit from knowing how to read and understand the budget framework to support and promote the mission effectively. No accounting expertise required.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $130


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Oct 23

Nov 13

4 W 6:00-9:00pm Brian McCloskey

Leadership: Engage and Empower your Volunteers, Board, and/or Staff

This course will focus on providing tools and techniques, which can motivate individuals within your organization to more effectively work together to create a climate of respect, inclusion and appreciation. It will also address questions such as how to match talents with jobs, how to build an effective team, and how to address factors which impact retention.

Cost: $160


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 5

Oct 10

6 Th 6:00-8:00pm Kathi Szabo

Grant Writing Essentials

Successful Grant Writing can be a valuable resource and survival skill for the nonprofit. This course is designed for beginners with little or no grant writing experience. To enable the class materials to become quickly assimilated into real grant opportunities, this course will focus on “Grant Anatomy” with emphasis on research and analysis of applicable grant possibilities and the format for developing a grant proposal. There will be homework assignments, which will include a required final mini-grant project to put into practice what is learned in the class. Textbook is required and available in college Bookstore.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $155


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 19

Oct 24

6 Th 6:30-9:00pm John Vadnais

advanced grant writing

Prerequisite: Grant Writing Essentials

This detailed, hands-on workshop is intended for the student who is serious about writing “real” grants for a nonprofit. Students must come to class with a favorite nonprofit and an idea about an aspect of the nonprofit’s programming for which a grant proposal will be started and/or developed. Advance communication with the nonprofit and some research about potential grant proposals/RFPs is highly recommended. It is helpful to be well versed in the nonprofit’s mission, programming, and basic financial data to develop the project budget. Federal, state, and foundation grants will be discussed. The instructor will be discussing grant details, both as they apply to all grants and to each student’s grant. The class will be held in a computer lab, and part of the class will be individual writing and research, with instructor guidance. Homework will be required to pass the course. Textbook is required and available in college bookstore.

1.5 CEU

Cost: $177


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Nov 4

Dec 9

6 M 6:30-9:00pm John Vadnais


Discussing the fundamental importance of donor relations as a key component in non-profit management. The course will explore the necessity in managing donor relationships on a daily, monthly, annual and long-term basis ensuring the overall financial health of an organization. Tips and strategies will be offered while balancing a moves management approach in all mediums of communications. Platforms such as, social media, direct calls, direct mail appeals as well as the use of an organizations website will be discussed as tools to marketing and communicate with donors leading up to the “ask” to make a gift.

1.2 CEU

Cost $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 23

Oct 9

6 M, W 6:00-8:00pm Shauwea Hamilton

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