Become a Leader in the Nonprofit Sector
Next start date
October 4, 2017
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 as well those interested in entering the field.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
An instructor and graduates of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management describe how the program helps students launch or advance their career in the field.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate.
Management & Operations in the Nonprofit Sector
Leadership & Strategy in the Nonprofit Sector
Fundraising & Communications in the Nonprofit Sector
Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Approved by the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Steven Atamian, Executive Director, Global Brigades Association
Jennifer Barry, Executive Director, Shunpike
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Shauna Carlisle, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell
Matt Fikejs, Information and Referral Program Manager, 501 Commons
Yalonda Gill Masundiré, Member Services Manager, Alliance of Nonprofits
Mary Kay Gugerty, Nancy Bell Evans Professor in Nonprofit Management, UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Mark Hancock, Community Initiatives Manager, Habitat for Humanity of Seattle/South King County
Liz Heath, Principal, Sound Nonprofits
Lynn Hogan, Executive Director, Office of Development, UW Medical Affairs Development
Natalie Lecher, Program Manager, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Megan E. McNally, Founder and Principal Attorney, Doyenne Legal PLLC
Erica Mills, Director, Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy, UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Garry Owens, Project Manager, Neighborhood Matching Funds, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle
Peter Pecora, Managing Director of Research Services, Casey Family Programs, and Professor, UW School of Social Work
Laura Rehrmann, President and Chief Executive Officer, Group Health Community Foundation
Borje "Bud" Saxberg, Professor, UW Foster School of Business
David Strong, Executive Director, AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma
David Suárez, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Location: Downtown Seattle
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: UW Seattle
Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
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