Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Become a Leader in the Nonprofit Sector


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,777

Next start date:

October 2, 2024

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About this Program

Nonprofit organizations occupy an important niche in the community, making a critical impact on a wide range of social, economic, political and environmental issues. Professionals working in nonprofits have the opportunity to make a difference in a role that often presents big challenges and even bigger rewards.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to start or advance your career in this dynamic profession. Guided by experts in the field, we’ll explore how to lead and manage people, develop strategy and build effective programs and organizations. You’ll learn about the history and scope of the nonprofit sector and examine the relationship between the organization and the larger community.


Nonprofit professionals, volunteers and board members who want to build their knowledge and strengthen their leadership skills, as well as anyone interested in entering the nonprofit sector.

See Requirements

Explore More: Want a deep dive into fundraising or managing grants? Check out the Certificate in Fundraising Management or Specialization in Grant Writing & Management Strategies

Video Overview

Instructor Maria Kolby-Wolfe explains how the program allows mid-career professionals to dive deep into community-centric fundraising and offers networking opportunities in the nonprofit arena.

Duration: 3:04


  • Key management and operational topics, including legal and financial affairs
  • Fundamentals of nonprofit governance, DEI initiatives, human resources management, and program development and evaluation
  • Essential leadership, strategic planning and change management skills, as well as opportunities for reflection
  • Techniques for messaging and branding and best practices for using technology and social media
  • Approaches to fundraising, including an overview of annual fund drives, major donors, events, sponsorships and grants


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Career Stats


Alumni working in field


Projected job growth for chief executives in Washington state (2020-2030)

Top Employers

Various Northwest nonprofit organizations, Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington, Humane Society for Tacoma, The Trust for Public Land

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You can earn a digital achievement badge for successfully completing this certificate program, as well as a separate badge for each course. These badges can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about digital badges.


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Closed Sessions

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