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Nonprofit Management

Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Classroom Program


9-12 months


UCR Extension

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You have the passion, but that's not all you need to be successful working in the nonprofit sector. Explore concepts and practices, including legal constraints and liabilities, supervision of staff and volunteers, fundraising techniques, and more to ensure a successful management approach in diverse areas, such as healthcare, the arts, and education, among others.
Also of interest: Professional Certificate in Advanced Nonprofit Management.

Program Offerings


The cohort model allows participants to complete the program from start to finish with the same group of individuals and benefit from shared knowledge while building strong relationships with colleagues from nonprofits in the region. Parking is included in the cost of the tuition. Special scholarship funding is available for the Palm Desert cohort (see below). Application is required.

  • Cohort (Riverside)
    The 2019-2020 cohort runs from September 11, 2019-June 3, 2020.
    Classes take place on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-9:30p.m.
    Pay per class as you go, or receive a 10% discount when paying for the full cost of the program up front ($2,347.50).
  • Cohort (Palm Desert)
    The 2019-2020 cohort runs from September 6, 2019- May 29, 2020.
    Classes take place on Friday afternoons from 1:00-5:00p.m.
    Scholarships are available for this cohort though funding provided by the Regional Access Project (RAP) Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Advancement (CNA). Individuals must apply for and be accepted into the certificate program in order to apply for the scholarship. Deadline for submitting the RAP scholarship application is August 23, 2019. Parking is included in the cost of the tuition.

Designed For

Those who are:

  • In a leadership position in a nonprofit organization or government office
  • Managing or organizing a nonprofit program in private or government office settings
  • Interested in developing and/or volunteering to serve on a nonprofit board

What You'll Learn

Participants in this certificate program obtain an overview of the unique roles and responsibilities for nonprofit managers, including:

  • Legal requirements
  • Board development
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Budgeting

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in government, volunteer or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Manager in a Government Office or Nonprofit Organization
  • Arts or Education Program Manager
  • Community or Volunteer Organizer

Program Overview


15 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“I learned how to approach nonprofit problem solving from multiple perspectives. This new way of thinking has been pivotal in strengthening my skills as a nonprofit manager.”

Vernetta Griffin

Development Administrator of Philanthropy
City of Hope Medical Center
Duarte, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. High school education or equivalent

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.


Choose your cohort.

RiversidePalm Desert

Enroll in Individual Courses
Quarter 1

Nonprofit Management

MGT X416

3 units

Fundraising Essentials

MGT X416.1

3 units

Quarter 2

Social Media Marketing

MGT X476.25

3 units

Grant Proposal Writing

MGT X417.01

3 units

Quarter 3

Current Issues and Case Studies in Nonprofit Management

MGT X417.8

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“I became interested in nonprofit management because I had a desire to help underprivileged kids and their families. Every class I teach at UCR Extension is filled with individuals who are eager to learn, advance, and engage--both in the classroom and in their communities.”

Eldon Baber

Nonprofit Management Consultant
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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