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Nonprofit Management Certificate Program

Designed for anyone interested in learning to create or manage a nonprofit organization effectively and efficiently, this lively, practical, information rich program covers critical aspects of nonprofit management which will aid in your professional growth while helping make your nonprofit a success! Whether new to the field, a seasoned nonprofit professional, board member or volunteer wishing to sharpen your skills, complete just those courses of interest, or complete them all for maximum benefit and to earn the certificate of completion. Thanks to a partnership with Community InRoads (formerly Jericho Road), individuals who complete the program will have the opportunity to be paired with a seasoned nonprofit executive who will serve as a mentor.

Asterisked modules also count toward the Certificate in Board Governance (see website and notation at end of this section for more info).


Amanda Nelson, with extensive experience as a nonprofit consultant, board member, instructor and attorney

Nonprofit Management Courses

NEW LIVE REMOTE Classes for Fall 2020!

Nonprofit Sector Overview & Best Management Practices

Explore nonprofit sector diversity, examine historical roles and trace its evolution, changing roles and purposes. Examine the skills required for nonprofit management given current economic stresses and political pressures, learn to create opportunities for fresh, creative and bold leadership, increase your ability to manage people and lead your organization to a higher level of self-sufficiency and sustainability plus explore the definition, value and critical importance of cultural inclusion for your organization.

Course Information

September 8 to September 15, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, two evenings
Dates/Times: Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, two evenings, 9/8 to 9/15
Location:  Live Remote Online
Cost: $109
CRN: 447 Course Number: NPRF1003 Section: OWB

Legal Issues of Nonprofit Sector

Explore legal and regulatory concerns plus accountability standards related to starting and maintaining a nonprofit organization. Topics include: selecting the form of a nonprofit organization; its formation, operation and governance, directors’ and trustees’ duties and liabilities; qualifying for tax-exempt status; distinctions between public charities and private foundations; potential consequences of business and investment activities; charitable solicitation regulations; legal and financial issues related to 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization management.

Course Information

September 22, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening
Dates/Times: Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening, 9/22
Location:  Live Remote Online
Cost: $55
CRN: 448 Course Number: NPRF1004 Section: OWB

Board Development & Engagement

The effectiveness of a Board of Directors is directly tied to nonprofit success. Learn best practices for board management and development, plus innovative strategies for improving their effectiveness. Discover how to inspire and empower your board by infusing the organization’s mission and vision into their work. Get tips to create a code of ethics and use organizational strategies to raise expectations, increase cohesiveness, build closer partnerships, create flexibility, and add value.

Course Information

September 29, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening
Dates/Times: Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening, 9/29
Location:  Live Remote Online
Cost: $55
CRN: 449 Course Number: NPRF1005 Section: OWB

Nonprofit Fiscal Management

Fiscal responsibility is critical, requiring financial decision making based on sound application of accounting fundamentals. Determine the lifecycle of a project, organizational budgets, financial guidelines, plus methods to monitor and maintain performance against budgeted goals. Explore implications of an organization’s anticipated program activity on underlying cash flow and considerations influencing the budget process and relationship with its stakeholders, including boards of directors, project managers, donors, constituents, funding agencies, and program recipients.

Course Information

October 6, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening
Dates/Times: Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening, 10/6
Location:  Live Remote Online
Cost: $55
CRN: 450 Course Number: NPRF1007 Section: OWB

Strategic Planning*

Create thoughtful, well-informed plans to lead your organizations into the future. Aimed at current nonprofit staff, board members and others, this overview explores the purposes and benefits of strategic planning, and outlines the skills, methods and presentations used in strategic planning; includes ways to examine external and internal forces and trends, identify key stakeholder groups, determine an organization’s readiness for planning plus ways to assess a group’s vulnerabilities and “competitive advantage.”

Course Information

October 13, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening
Dates/Times: Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening, 10/13
Location: Live Remote Online
Cost: $55
CRN: 451 Course Number: NPRF1006 Section: OWB

Effective Marketing*

Effective marketing and communications strategies help nonprofit organizations advance their missions. Learn to develop a basic marketing plan based on a solid understanding of marketing and communication principles; explores the effects of changes in society and technology; review trends and best practices in promoting nonprofits, including communications, social media and special events, borrowing from both for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Course Information

October 20, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening
Dates/Times: Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening, 10/20
Location: Live Remote Online
Cost: $55
CRN: 452 Course Number: NPRF1010 Section: OWB

Resource Development: From Fundraising & Making the Ask to Grant Writing & Management

Creating a fundraising plan is critical to development success! You’ll learn tips, tricks and tools to create a strategic fundraising plan, with a focus on fundraising and making the ask the first night and grant writing the second night (see website for specific topics each night). Includes preparing successful proposals, researching funders, and developing strategies for approaching grant makers and obtaining grants. We’ll put grant writing in the larger context of resource development, emphasizing the need for diversification.

Course Information

October 27 to November 3, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, two evenings
Dates/Times: Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, two evenings, 10/27 to 11/3
Location:  Live Remote Online
Cost: $109
CRN: 453 Course Number: NPRF1009 Section: OWB

Volunteer Management*

Volunteers are critical resources, whether a board chairperson or stuffing bags and envelopes. Managers face challenges in recruiting suitable volunteers for the roles they need fulfilled and in managing those volunteers once on board. After identifying the potentials and limits of volunteer labor, we’ll address a range of volunteer recruitment and management techniques, from coordinating volunteers for one-time events, to keeping long-term volunteers engaged, to delicate management issues related to working with difficult volunteers.

Course Information

November 10, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening
Dates/Times: Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, one evening, 11/10
Location: Live Remote Online
Cost: $55
CRN: 454 Course Number: NPRF1008 Section: OWB


A certificate in Nonprofit Board Governance is available upon completion of the Community InRoads’ Cultural Inclusion Program for Nonprofit Boards plus the three asterisked courses noted above. See the Community InRoads website for details of this partnership program.

Additional Nonprofit Training Opportunities

You might also be interested in Grant Research and Writing

More Information

For more details, please contact:

Dianne Lahaye

Phone: 978-556-3065

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