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Certificate in Nonprofit Governance

Our graduate certificate in nonprofit governance will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of areas of your organization that are most impacted by governance issues, and how you can pro-actively address them in your organization.

This certificate can be taken alone or may be applied towards the completion of a Bay Path graduate degree upon approval by the appropriate graduate program director.

• 15 Credit Certificate - 5 core courses
• Courses offered 100% online
• CLASSES BEGIN EVERY FEBRUARY, JUNE, AND OCTOBER

DID YOU KNOW? STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OR USE THEIR CERTIFICATE COURSEWORK TO CONTINUE AT BAY PATH TO COMPLETE THE MS IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT & PHILANTHROPY

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
NMP500 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector 3

This course examines the theoretical, philosophical, practical and ethical perspectives related to the effective management and leadership of nonprofit organizations in the twenty-first century. Upon completion of the course, the student will possess an understanding of the historical development of the nonprofit sector; the multiple rationales for the existence of the nonprofit sector; the distinctive characteristics of nonprofit organizations; the structures, processes and complexities of organizational governance shared by volunteer board members and professional staff; the dynamic environment of the contemporary nonprofit organization; and the current issues of importance to nonprofit decision makers.

NMP521 Foundations of Philanthropy 3

This course provides an overview of America’s tradition of philanthropy and its relevance for today’s fundraisers. Attention is given to changing expectations for ethical behavior and accountability along with changes in donor markets which impact the practice of philanthropy in the 21st century. This course also examines the theoretical basis and goals of fundraising activities, how to apply the theory to develop a comprehensive development program and a personal fundraising philosophy and framework.

NMP605 Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector 3

This course provides a foundation for effective financial nonprofit decision making to promote the financial sustainability of nonprofit organizations in these challenging times. Upon completion of the course the student will: possess an understanding of financial systems as they apply to nonprofit organization; be able to analyze and evaluate the financial health of a nonprofit organization and determine its financial strengths and weaknesses; and use a variety of strategies to improve the financial condition of a nonprofit organization including “quick analysis”, budgeting and cost controls, understanding the nonprofit’s “economic engine,” and developing “unrestricted” funding streams.

NMP635 Board Governance & Volunteer Management 3

This course examines the elements, processes and dynamics of board governance and volunteer management of nonprofit organizations. The course includes analysis of the respective roles of the board, executive director, staff and volunteers to maximize organizational effectiveness. Students will learn how to assess and improve the effectiveness of a board, the Senior leadership, volunteers and the overall governance of the nonprofit organization.

NMP665 Public Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations 3

This course introduces students to the complex and dynamic relationship between government and the nonprofit sector. Topics include the legal constraints within which all nonprofits must operate, the traditional role nonprofits play in public policy advocacy, and the growing role non-profits play as government funded service providers. Students will also learn effective means of legally lobbying legislators and grapple with the possible benefits and negatives of doing so.