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Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Our graduate certificate in nonprofit management will help you develop the skills to become a successful manager in the nonprofit sector. You will examine the fundamental principles of nonprofit management, discover the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors and the management team, explore the essentials of fundraising and financial management. Whether you currently work in a nonprofit organization or are considering a career change our nonprofit management certificate will help you achieve your career goal.

• 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.

NMP605 Financial Management for 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.

NMP625 Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations 3

The primary goal of this course is to have the student develop and understanding of the executive leader’s job and responsibilities from a conceptual and operating perspective. The student who completes this course will be able to accomplish strategic analysis and develop specific strategies enabling the nonprofit to thrive and maximize mission particularly when faced with adversity. The student will also understand contemporary issues of nonprofit governance and their impact on implementation strategy, will be able to evaluate accomplishment and take appropriate strategic action, and will be able to create and execute a strategic plan for a nonprofit organization.

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.