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Building on Merrimack’s longstanding commitment to community engagement, our online certificate in nonprofit management equips you for leadership jobs in grassroots organizations. You’ll gain the skills to increase your organization’s effectiveness while elevating your career in nonprofit leadership. The program stands out for its:
You’ll gain practical expertise that you can use immediately in your current job. The online certificate in nonprofit leadership helps you develop management skills specific to community-based organizations, along with the techniques you need to establish a sustainable future for your organization.
The program addresses everything you need to function effectively as a community-based nonprofit leader. You’ll gain the ability to write grants, manage volunteers, raise funds, craft sharp PR campaigns, design and evaluate programs, manage finances and more.
You’ll learn from experienced, accomplished nonprofit management pros who’ve succeeded as community organization leaders. Our high-touch online platform enables you to build real relationships with instructors via regular phone calls, videoconferences, email, file-sharing software and other digital tools.
If you decide to continue your studies, you can count all the credits from the nonprofit management certificate program toward a master’s degree in community engagement. The graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership amounts to about a third of the total credits needed for a master’s degree.
Merrimack’s online graduate certificate in nonprofit management is designed to accommodate working professionals with full-time jobs. You can complete courses in any order, work at your own pace, and start the program in spring, summer or fall term.
The nonprofit management graduate certificate program consists of three courses of four credits apiece. They are:
Community Engagement Theory and Practice: You’ll acquire practical training in capacity building, sustainability, ethical engagement and service-learning. The course also covers the roots of the community engagement movement and the evolution of the field over time.
Management and Leadership in Nonprofits: Learn the ins and outs of HR, financial oversight, program development, organizational culture and other nonprofit leadership skills. The course includes a survey of nonprofit career paths.
Fundraising, Grant Writing and Development: Fundraising can be a make-or-break proposition for a nonprofit leader. This practical course covers everything from grant writing to strategic planning, capital campaigns, marketing, branding and social media.
Merrimack’s online graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership empowers you to play a transformative role in your community. You’ll be prepared to implement programs and make contributions that change lives, focusing on issues that are as diverse as community-based nonprofit organizations themselves. You can use the nonprofit management graduate certificate to advance causes such as: