Nonprofit Leadership


Graduate Certificate Nonprofit Management

"The program provides a nice range of courses that cover the basic topics needed to understand the general operations of the modern nonprofit organization. Each course includes topics that refer back to those addressed in other courses, resulting in a fuller picture viewed from multiple angles -- programs, finances, and fundraising."
- Steve Werlin, Grant Writer, Columbus House

“The program has made me a better leader in so many ways! It has taught me to evaluate differently and to keep an open mind to others' techniques in how they develop and run their programs. In addition, I have learned useful information about grant writing and evaluating budgets in a different way than I was before.”
- Laura Burban, Director of Animal Shelter, Town of Branford and North Branford

“I have always had motivation to champion meaningful and lifelong change in the community. Because of the breadth of my overall experience in literature and thought provoking interaction with faculty and classmates through the UConn Online Graduate [Certificate] in Nonprofit Management, I now possess the staple nonprofit acumen and philanthropic business skills to be instrumental with any nonprofit I partner with. I look forward to a future of making a difference in my community and this world as a leader of a nonprofit someday. Thank you Professor Garvey and the Nonprofit Leadership Program of UConn.”
- Bobby Nims, Project Manager, Cigna and United Way’s Emerging Leader Society

“The Online Graduate [Certificate] in Nonprofit Management was the perfect complement to my MPA degree. It not only allowed me to pursue my interest in grant writing and management theory, but it also allowed me to further explore the different career paths I may be interested in. I truly feel that I have achieved something by completing this program.”
- Marley McCallister, Project Manager, Epic Systems Corporation

“UConn’s Online Graduate [Certificate] in Nonprofit Management offered me the education to be better prepared for advancement opportunities in the nonprofit field, and provided an open dialog format to collaborate and learn from fellow nonprofit professionals.”
- Katrice Sponzo, Assistant Director of Alumni Chapters and Networks, UConn Foundation


Al Marino“My Encore!Hartford experience gave me the exposure to the inner workings of several Hartford-area nonprofits and provided me with the tools to pursue my dream of giving back to the community. Real-life training in my Fellowship coupled with intuitive exchanges with my talented instructors and classmates gave me the confidence to successfully transition my life skills developed in sales and marketing to the world of fundraising and event planning.”
-Al Marino, former sales manager, now Fundraising Events Specialist, Foodshare

Michael Fournier“Through participation in the Encore!Hartford program, I gained the necessary understanding of the nonprofit sector to smoothly transition from the corporate sector after retiring from a long, successful career in the insurance industry. The program provided excellent classroom instruction, networking opportunities with nonprofit leaders and practical experience through a fellowship. Enhancing the entire experience was the opportunity to embark on this journey with my fellow classmates.”
- Mike Fournier, former insurance executive, now Interim Chief Administrative Office, Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Roy Mainelli“Encore!Hartford’s guidance helped me navigate a successful transition from a large corporation to a small, nonprofit organization. Its strong staff and knowledgeable instructors provided real world experience and articulated how our previous work experience was valuable to the nonprofit sector. This journey was enriched by the camaraderie of my talented, diverse and extremely supportive classmates who made every day enjoyable.”
- Roy Mainelli, former aerospace executive, now Economic Security Manage, Journey Home, Inc.