Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Required Courses

Four required courses

The Nonprofit Management Online Graduate Certificate requires 12-credits of coursework (4 courses). Below are the four required courses for the Nonprofit Certificate.

PP 5323 – Leading and Governing Nonprofit Organizations
(3-credits, Fall)
Taught by Dr. David Garvey, Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program
This course examines the essential practices of leading and governing a nonprofit to meet community needs. A strong focus is placed on applying leadership skills that build the organization, engage with the community and manage strategic partnerships. In addition, effective operating practices of nonprofit governing boards and the key working partnership with the CEO are examined, along with developing a leadership lens for engaging in strategic planning

PP 5328 – Business Functions for Nonprofits
(3-credits, Fall)
Taught by Dawn Bryant, CPA, Audit Director of Viola, Chrabascz, Reynolds & Co. LLP
This course examines the principles, issues and skills of financial management and accountability in managing the financial resources of a nonprofit. Topics include variance analysis, nonprofit accounting, financial statement and ratio analysis, forecasting, cash flow analysis, internal controls, and other key financial tools. A strong focus is placed on developing your proficiency in the use of financial data for organization and program decision-making, and to communicate and work with organization stakeholders (governing boards, funders and community) in using financial data and tools.

PP 5319 – Program Development and Evaluation
(3-credits, Spring)
Taught by Megan Gavin
This course examines the key techniques for evaluating and improving organizational performance in public and nonprofit agencies and the ability to deal with the challenges posed by changing environments. Topics include strategic planning, program development, program implementation, evaluating effectiveness, and performance measurement to guide organization and program improvement.

PP 5324 – Grant Writing and Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations
(3-credits, Spring)
Taught by Alyssa Goduti, President & CEO of CT Council of Family Service Agencies
This course provides the student with the essential knowledge of the tools and practices for developing a funding portfolio that supports the work of a nonprofit organization. While the course looks at diverse funding practice it provides specific guidance on grant and proposal writing and government contracts.