Nonprofit Administration Graduate Certificate

Online nonprofit administration certificate

Earn your Nonprofit Administration Certificate online

Build a rewarding career affecting change in an area you care about. Working in the nonprofit sector often requires a strong "find a way" or "make a way" mentality that drives the kind of innovation needed to make an impact. CSU's online nonprofit management certificate builds the essential skills to foster organizational and programmatic success and provides you with a framework for how nonprofits work and how to get things done.

You gain skills in:

  • Board development
    Begin your strategic thinking on how to recruit and work with a board of directors to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Program architecture
    Learn to design and structure programs to ensure strategic objectives align with organizational end-goals.
  • Human resources and staffing
    Learn to understand organizational culture, how to build a staff team, create position descriptions, and identify necessary staffing resources.
  • Resource development
    Find out how to evaluate funding opportunities to determine priorities in applying for resources. Become knowledgeable about fiscal planning and grant writing.
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
    Build an effective volunteer base that is invested in your organization. Distinguish and apply human service values, ethics, theories, and skills to nonprofit management and volunteer programming.
  • Communications
    Develop your organizational branding, communication strategies, and increase your marketing skills.

Learn from experts working in nonprofit management

Course instructors in the online nonprofit administration certificate have significant personal experience as active practitioners in the field. By dedicating the time to study nonprofit management and learn from experienced instructors, you will gain evidence-based tools and have access to current research that adds to what you have learned on the job.

Instructors bring real-world experience into the classroom to help you better understand:

  • Capacity building
  • Design with intentionality
  • Donor cultivation
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Board development
  • Strengths-based coaching
  • Financial sustainability

Build your portfolio and expertise

Upon completion of the online graduate certificate in nonprofit management, you will have a professional portfolio of work that displays your knowledge. You have the opportunity to complete an organizational design proposal, from mission and goals through financial planning and volunteer resourcing. You can utilize projects from their current job for class assignments, getting feedback from instructors and other students.

Gaining financial planning, fundraising, grant-writing, and donor cultivation skills is integral to on-the-job success and, often, career advancement. In this online certificate program, you will practice these skills with hands-on guidance. Courses will give you the opportunity to create various materials to build your portfolio, including:

  • Strategic plan
  • Nonprofit budget
  • Volunteer recruitment, training, and evaluation plan
  • Fund development plan
  • Grant funding source analysis
  • Agency goals

Advance your career in the nonprofit sector

Gain the nonprofit training you need to step into an active leadership role within an organization. The online nonprofit administration certificate is designed to prepare students to lead at a management level within nonprofits and build a thriving organizational culture.

Students are prepared for nonprofit leadership positions such as:

  • Program Director
  • Program Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Development Director
  • Volunteer Manager
  • Advocacy Director
  • Community Organizer
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Grant Administrator
  • Project Manager
  • Special Events Director
  • Hiring Manager
  • Fundraiser

Apply credits toward your master's degree

Nonprofit administration certificate courses can be taken independently of the Master of Social Work, or can be applied to the M.S.W. degree program as electives that will provide curricular focus in nonprofit management.

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