Become part of the next generation of innovative nonprofit leaders.
Whether you’re looking to serve in a leadership role at your organization or take an entrepreneurial venture to start a nonprofit organization, with Walden’s Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program you can be a change-maker in your community. Designed for professionals preparing to become effective and innovative leaders, Walden’s certificate program equips you with the essential skills and knowledge to make an impact at a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization.
Walden’s certificate program provides a broad introduction to critical nonprofit topics, including innovative approaches to management and leadership.
If getting to the next level is part of your plan, Walden is committed to helping you earn credit for your foundational knowledge. Find out how you can apply your certificate toward Walden’s MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Public Administration (MPA), MS in Emergency Management, Doctor of Public Administration (DPA), or MS in Human and Social Services.
Develop your graduate-level writing and research skills by taking advantage of Walden’s student support services.
Learn from faculty who are experts in the field of nonprofit management and gain the knowledge to build your own business plan.
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Connect with an Enrollment Specialist to understand your options and plan how you will fund your dream. This certificate is eligible for federal financial aid.
- 18 total quarter credits
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Foundations for Graduate Study
Students in this course are introduced to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. Students work toward building a foundation for academic and professional success as scholar-practitioners and social change agents. They assess the relationship of mission and vision to professional goals and develop a program of study, a Professional Development Plan, and strategies for online success. Students also explore resources used throughout the program, such as the online Walden University Library. Students engage in course assignments focused on the practical application of professional writing, critical-thinking skills, and the promotion of professional and academic excellence and integrity.
Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
Nonprofit (NPO) and non-government (NGO) organizations can serve to affect people and communities through positive social change. NPO and NGO leaders require a fundamental understanding of the nonprofit sector, including related ethical, legal, financial, and global perspectives. Through the lens of the NPO and NGO leadership, students in this course explore social entrepreneurship, marketing, communication, and governance. Gaining practical insight, students also apply theories presented in the course either to build a business plan for a new NPO/NGO or to evaluate an existing one.
Board Governance and Volunteer Management
The success of nonprofit organizations (NPOs) is largely dependent on the effective management of program volunteers and board members—individuals who often serve as the lifeblood of NPOs. Students in this course explore the volunteer management process, including volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation. They focus on methods that organizations use to create and maintain an effective Board of Directors to ensure that the board governs and guides the organization toward their mission. Students design a board development or volunteer management plan based on processes presented in the course and fundamental concepts acquired earlier in the program.
All nonprofit organizations require financial resources. Obtaining philanthropic financial support is essential to program delivery and stability. Students in this course explore the concepts of philanthropy and development, identification of funding sources, donor/prospect cultivation and education, and solicitation and appreciation strategies. They focus on processes and strategies for creating an organizational philanthropic culture based on ethics and donor relationships. Using these strategies and other concepts presented in the course, students create a resource development plan for a nonprofit organization.
Tuition and Fees
|Curriculum Component||Requirements||Cost||Total *|
|Tuition||18 total quarter credit hours||$495 per quarter hour||$8,910|
|Technology Fee||Per quarter||$160||$320|
|Transfer up to 5 credits||$2,475|
|Total with Maximum Transfer Credits†||$6,755|
The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $520 to $1,040.
A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.