Nonprofit Management Certificate

The Nonprofit Management Certificate

(Five Courses, 15 Units)

The Nonprofit Management Certificate is a five-course, 15-credit program designed to produce highly qualified graduates who are ready to be effective in the nonprofit sector. The term “nonprofit” is inclusive of non-governmental, nonprofit, civil society, voluntary, and philanthropic organizations (Nonprofit Academic Centers Council 2015). This program will be available online during its inagural year. The Nonprofit Management program will eventually be available in-person on the Redlands campus and in Marin at our Graduate School of Theology.

The certificate is designed so that a student can complete the series of courses in one academic year (August to April). Students are also be able to take one course in the series, instead of taking the entire certificate, if desired.

Program overview

The Nonprofit Management Certificate is for students and working professionals who desire to be more effective and advance their careers in the nonprofit sector. By completing a program specifically designed to address known knowledge gaps in the field, graduates will attain a competitive advantage on the job market and be better prepared to undertake leadership roles.

Students will:

  • Be equipped with essential nonprofit management skills and educated in recognized knowledge gaps affecting the workforce
  • Be educated by successful nonprofit professionals who will inform the coursework, serve as educators and guest speakers, develop real-world case studies for classroom use, and be accessible for consultation
  • Be prepared to manage staff, volunteers, and a board of directors and have a working knowledge of the complexities they will encounter in the nonprofit environment
  • Be coached to continue career development through nonprofit networking, the study of industry journals and papers, and peer-recognized professional organizations

Program Features

  • Take five online courses around your schedule
  • Learn from faculty with academic and professional experience in the third sector
  • Improve your career prospects and knowledge for your current and next position
  • Expand your professional network

Required courses

Nonprofit Fundraising and Development Principles (3 credits): understand the various sources of nonprofit revenue and philanthropic giving; learn fundraising strategies including major gifts, grants, campaigns, annual giving, etc.; understand relationship management principles, donor stewardship, and the roles of boards, staff, committees, and volunteers in development work – Developed and taught by Nicole Orr and Gabrielle Singh

Leading and Managing Organizations (3 credits): study organizational theory and behaviors in the nonprofit environment including leadership and leadership styles; learn strategies for managing the various needs of staff, board members, and volunteers; discover ways to facilitate teamwork, engagement, development, and collaboration to achieve the mission – Developed and taught by Jennifer and Damien O’Farrell

Nonprofit Board Governance and Volunteer Management (3 credits): understand the role of nonprofit boards and best practices for engaging with community leaders to enact change and further the mission of the nonprofit organization; learn rules of governance and policies; understand effective volunteer management and relationship building practices – Developed and taught by Nicole Orr

Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credits): examine accounting principles and concepts, budgeting and reporting, financial policies; comprehend ethics and nonprofit best practices; review theories and considerations to make when evaluating expenses and return on investment of time and financial resources – Developed and taught by Lisa Wright

Elective Courses (Choose one)

Nonprofit Communications and Marketing (3 credits): learn principles of interpersonal communication with internal and external stakeholders; study techniques for marketing and messaging in the nonprofit environment including social media and other current tools - Developed and taught by Julia Bennett

Public Policy, Ethics, and Social Change (3 credits): study how public policy impacts the nonprofit sector and how organizations and individuals engage with philanthropy; understand the legal concepts governing nonprofit organizations; learn how individuals and groups can impact social change through organizing, lobbying, education, advocacy, and engaging in policy making. - Developed and taught by Adriane Lamar Snider

Advanced Fundraising and Development (3 credits): build upon the concepts studied in the NonProfit Development and Fundraising Principles Course. Students will learn about various sources of revenue, the strategic choices and issues associated with those sources, and best practices and methods used to secure funding for the organization’s mission. - Developed and taught by Nicole Orr and Lisa Wright

Organizational Capacity Building and Program Analysis & Evaluation (3 credits): Gain an understanding of the key principles required to build organizational capacity to effectively create equitable systemic change in communities; study equitable systems approaches for developing, implementing, assessing and analyzing programs; learn strategies for measuring and evaluating organizational and programmatic outcomes. - Developed and taught by Mindy Silva


Registration for Fall 2021 will open July 1st.

You may enroll in any of the upcoming courses below. There are no application requirements.

The Early Bird discount applies to students who register and pay for their classes 14 days before the start of the class using the online shopping cart.

For assistance with registration, please email

Please note that all courses are listed in Pacific Standard Time.

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