Nonprofit Executive Certificate


The Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program is designed to strengthen the leadership and management capacity of individuals working in or with nonprofit organizations. The program gives participants the skills necessary to respond to the complex challenges and opportunities facing their organizations and communities. Designed as an experiential leadership lab, this program provides a stimulating and supportive climate for exploring the pressing issues facing current and future nonprofit leaders.

As a cohort, participants take part in a sequence of online class sessions that explore the various aspects of nonprofit management and skills and tools needed for leading in uncertain times.

Each individual participant undertakes a capstone management project that addresses a major organizational issue or need.

The program also gives participants the opportunity to create a network of local, national and international nonprofit leaders committed to working across organizations, communities, and sectors to address public needs. Many of our former students have found these networking opportunities to be invaluable.

Program Objectives

  • Make decisions during times of uncertainty that will ensure organizational sustainability.
  • Lead a strategic planning process, from mission clarification and goal setting to implementation.
  • Manage organizational change to adapt to changing conditions, internal and external.
  • Create strategic communications that can turn empathy into action to advance your mission.
  • Develop effective and equitable human resource systems for motivating, managing, and retaining staff.
  • Become part of a local-to-global network of over 1,750 nonprofit leaders

Schedule and Deadlines

Spring 2025 Virtual Program:
February 6-8, March 6-8, and April 3-4 (8-day program)

Application deadline: December 6, 2024
rolling admissions process

Tuition: $5,600 
(scholarships available)

Summer 2025 In-Person Program:
June 7-14 (8-day program)

Application deadline: April 25, 2025
rolling admissions process

Tuition: $5,600 
(scholarships available)


The following session topics are included in the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program:

  • Leadership: Self, Organizations, Systems
  • Issues & Trends in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Evaluating Social Impact
  • Financial Management
  • Resource and Fund Development
  • Talent Management and Leadership
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Advocacy in the Public Interest
  • Leading Systems Change
  • Strategic Communications

Academic Credit

The Certificate Program is taught at the graduate level. Students will earn 6.4 continuing education units.


Tuition for the Certificate Program is $5,600.  Scholarships are available.