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Certificate of Nonprofit Organization Management

Designed to provide a strong overall foundation in all aspects of "NPO" management, this series focuses on preparing you to understand the evolving needs of the sector and meet day-to-day challenges within your organization. Five full days of training focus on management principles and best practices across core disciplines of fundraising, boards, marketing, management, and finance.


  • An overview of the nonprofit organization, key challenges, revenue sources, operations, programs, and advocacy.
  • Components of successful branding and promotion for nonprofit services, programs, and donors.
  • How to create a development plan, infrastructure, prospect research program, and evaluation process.
  • How to establish a governance structure and build high-performing boards.
  • A clarified understanding of key financial terms, reports, controls and risks, audits, and metrics tracking.


NPO 210 | The Nonprofit Organization
This session will provide you with a broad overview of the nonprofit sector and is divided into four modules: NPO overview, revenue sources, operations/program management, and policy/advocacy. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the industry and how individual organizations are designed to achieve their missions.

NPO 220 | Nonprofit Marketing and Communications
Effective marketing & communication strategies are increasingly more important as nonprofits strive to prove their relevance and garner public support. Through modules on marketing, brand management, communications and public relations, you’ll leave with a clearer understanding of how to enhance your organization's reputation with stakeholders.

NPO 230 | Nonprofit Fundraising and Development
This course delivers a holistic view of effective fundraising for nonprofits. Areas of focus addressed in this session include creating a development plan, developing an infrastructure for that plan, effective prospect research and program evaluation.

NPO 240 | Accounting for Your Mission: Finance for the Nonfinancial Manager
Are you making fiscally prudent decisions for your organization? Establish and maintain sound financial policies to ensure organizational sustainability. Learn more with modules covering financial reports; audits; assessments and 990s; internal controls and mission accountability; and identifying key metrics.

NPO 250 | Managing Staff and Volunteers 
This session provides an overview of nonprofit human resources and volunteer management. Modules focus on HR responsibilities and challenges; and attracting, mobilizing and sustaining volunteers.

"This certificate provided the solid foundation I need for leadership advancement at my organization."
Chandra Farley, Southface




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9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Online Class 
You will receive log-in information after registering for the course.

Registration Details

Member: $599  
Nonmember: $799

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081.

NPO 210 - coming soon 
NPO 220  - coming soon 
NPO 230  - coming soon 
NPO 240  - 11.17.20
NPO 250  - coming soon 


Thanks to the generous support of The Wells Fargo Foundation, GCN offers a limited number of partial scholarships for staff and board members of eligible organizations to attend Nonprofit University. Learn more