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Nonprofit Management Certificate

With the increased demand for sustainable funding streams, program metrics verifying outcomes, and new technical skills surrounding nonprofit management, community leaders have requested our help. Oakland University’s NPMC requires completion of 6 courses listed below. All six will be offered in rotation and students can begin the certificate instruction with the next available course. These are non-credit courses offered as 10 person minimum cohorts.

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Course Descriptions
Management Best Practices in the Nonprofit Sector
Course provides an overview of the nonprofit sector, its diversity and impact on the economy, legal and ethical frameworks in which nonprofits exist, and basics of the nonprofit system of governance and trends in nonprofit governance. Weekly topics:
  • Nonprofit sector: history, diversity and impact
  • Legal frameworks and Governance
  • Ethical issues (what are the ethical issues and boundaries of nonprofits in the U.S.)
  • Leadership Models and Challenges
  • Advocacy, Lobbying, and Collaborations
  • Nonprofit challenges and how to cope with it
  • Summary of the best management practices in the nonprofit sector
Entrepreneurship & Fund Development
Course provides knowledge about innovative solutions to social problems, as well as about traditional and new forms of organized fundraising, such as individual giving, special events, understanding grant writing, managing annual giving campaigns, and developing planned giving initiatives. Weekly topics:
  • Fundraising and accountability
  • Innovations and entrepreneurial ideas in the sector
  • Understanding grant writing
  • Relationship building
  • Planned giving
  • Managing annual campaigns
  • Summary of innovative activities and fundraising in the nonprofit field
Financial Management & Accountability for NP Managers
Course covers financial, fiscal and budgeting management topics integral to nonprofit management, transparency and stewardship of proper financial management, application of accounting principles, and proper reporting. Weekly topics:
  • Strategic financial planning
  • Financial reporting for nonprofits
  • Accounting for nonprofit managers
  • Budget development
  • Financial investment and savings
  • Managing of restricted and unrestricted funds, cash-flow problems
  • Overview of principles of proper financial management in nonprofits
Performance Metrics in Nonprofit Management
Course addresses issues in performance evaluation in nonprofit organizations, setting program goals and metrics, and managing evaluation with limited resources. Weekly topics:
  • Measuring, assessing and evaluating impact at organizational level
  • Measuring, assessing and evaluating impact at programmatic level
  • Developing measurable and feasible ways of success
  • Quantitative & qualitative data
  • Sustainable strategic planning
  • How to report performance
  • Trends and challenges in social impact measurement
Leadership & Human Resource Management in NPOs
Course addresses board’s roles and responsibilities, board structure and recruitment, ways to better lead nonprofit staff, such as attracting, recruiting, retaining, motivating, supervising employees and volunteers, and personnel regulation related to nonprofits at the state and federal level. Weekly topics:
  • Leadership within a nonprofit organization (BOD and CEO) and their roles and responsibilities
  • Employment Law
  • Staff management and development (attracting, recruiting, retaining, motivating, supervising)
  • Volunteer management and development (attracting, recruiting, retaining, motivating, supervising)
  • Cultural competency and diversity
  • Leadership challenges and moral expectations
  • Summary of the best personnel management practices in the nonprofit sector
Communication, Marketing & Outreach for NP Managers
Course introduces the application of marketing theories in nonprofits, strategies in organizational communication and public relations, use of social media and other means of communications, stakeholder and donor management. Weekly topics:
  • Marketing/advertisement
  • Ethical use of communications and PR
  • Donor management
  • Community outreach
  • Effective Information/communication technology
  • “Big data” in advancing the causes of nonprofits
  • Trends, challenges and best practices in communication, marketing & outreach
Program Schedule & Pricing

Cost per course: $695
Course frequency: One 3-hour instructor-led "meeting session" per week, email communications and assignments.
Total course length: 7 weeks
Total contact hours: 21 hours

25% Prepayment discount on purchase of entire certificate for Michigan Nonprofit Association Members. Login to this page at MNA for discount code.

25% Prepayment discount of purchase of entire certificate for Association of Fundraising Professionals. CFRE education points approved for these courses.

Minimum 10 person cohort. (Class will begin as scheduled if 10 students have registered.)

Program Schedule:

Course Title: Management Best Practices in Nonprofit Sector
Instructor: Allandra Bulger
Course Dates: September 7, 2021 - October 19, 2021
Class Times: Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m.
Class Format: 100% online, synchronous class meetings 

Course Title: Performance Metrics in Nonprofit Management
Instructors: Dr. Truman Hudson
Course Dates: October 26, 2021 - December 7, 2021
Class Times: Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m.
Class Format: 100% online, synchronous class meetings

Course Title: Entrepreneurship & Fund Development
Instructor: Aimee Argel
Course Dates: January 11, 2022 - February 22, 2022
Class Times: Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m.
Class Format: 100% online, synchronous class meetings

Course Title: Communication, Marketing & Outreach for Nonprofit Managers  
Course Dates: March 1, 2022 - April 12, 2022
Class Times: Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m.
Class Format: 100% online, synchronous class meetings

Course Title: Leadership & Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations 
Instructor: Maureen Rovas
Course Dates: April 20, 2021 - June 1, 2021
Class Times: Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m.
Class Format: 100% online, synchronous class meetings

Course Title: Financial Management & Accountability for Nonprofit Managers  
Course Dates: June 15, 2021 - July 27, 2021
Class Times: Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m.
Class Format: 100% online, synchronous class meetings

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Contact Information

Course Content Questions:
Suzanne Rossi
NPMC Coordinator
(248) 330-3843
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Registration Questions:
Professional and Continuing Education
(248) 370-3177