Nonprofit Administration

Become a leader in the nonprofit sector
Certificate Overview
Credits 20
Duration 3 quarters
Next Start Date Fall quarter 2023
Location Hybrid - Sunday intensives on Olympia campus and online with real-time class meetings 

Sundays, 9 am - 3:50 pm on campus and Thursdays, 6 - 9:20 pm online

Cost $30 - $60 enrollment fee plus tuition. See Academic Certificate Costs and Aid for more information about tuition. 

What you'll learn

This three-course certificate will introduce you to the essential skills and responsibilities for effective nonprofit administration. Over one academic year, you’ll gain access to a wide range of tools that nonprofit professionals rely on to keep their organizations running smoothly, including:

  • Grant writing
  • Fundraising
  • Budgeting
  • Leadership and management
  • Networking
  • and more!

If you’re already working for a nonprofit organization, this certificate will help you broaden your skillset and prepare you for new opportunities in your career.

Certificate coursework

This certificate consists of 20 undergraduate credits. 

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector and Grant Writing

This program serves as a roadmap for topics unique to nonprofit organizations and the important roles that nonprofits play in our society. These topics include:

  • Reliance on volunteers
  • Fundraising
  • Involvement in policy making
  • Equity initiatives
  • and more

Grant writing is an essential funding strategy for many nonprofit organizations. Learn effective grant writing strategies, including how to research and apply to a wide range of funding sources. Explore key elements of fund development such as building collaborative relationships and financial accountability to funders.

Nonprofit Leadership, Management, Fundraising and Development

High-quality management is essential to the health of any nonprofit organization. This program will give you an overview of the roles and responsibilities that managers and leaders assume in the nonprofit sector. You’ll gain insight into crucial management skills and learn to consider the perspectives of stakeholders ranging from volunteers to clients.

Successful fundraising in the nonprofit sector requires the coordination and leadership from many different stakeholders. This course explores a range of fundraising strategies, including:

  • Earned income
  • Applying for grants and contracts
  • Annual giving
  • Special events
  • Major gifts
  • Planned giving
  • Capital campaigns
  • and more

Nonprofit Internship or Capstone

Put all you’ve learned to practical use by completing an internship with a nonprofit organization. The model and schedule for your internship will be determined between you and the organization of your choice.

The final project option for this course is reserved for those already working in the nonprofit sector.

Internship schedules will vary by student.  Students who are completing the in-program internship option will be required to complete in-program internship paperwork via the my.evergreen system during Week 1 of this course.  Students are required to take a 4-credit internship to complete this certificate. If a student finds an internship opportunity for more than 4 credits, it may be possible to register for additional credits. Discuss this option with the faculty prior to picking your internship or registering. 

A certificate wrap-up celebration and debrief will be planned at the end of the quarter.