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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 meet the evolving needs of the sector and better 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 & 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 & 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
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, Volunteers and Boards 
This session provides an overview of nonprofit human resources,  volunteer management and boards. Four modules focus on HR responsibilities and challenges; attracting, mobilizing and sustaining volunteers; and establishing sound governance structure.

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




  • Spring Starting January 9, 2020


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Georgia Center for Nonprofits
100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30303
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Registration Details

Member: $599  
Nonmember: $799

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


Starting January 9, 2020

NPO 210 - 1.9.20
NPO 220 - 1.23.20
NPO 230 - 2.6.20
NPO 240 - 2.20.20
NPO 250 - 3.5.20


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