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Nonprofit Leadership Program

Building Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

The UConn Department of Public Policy Nonprofit Leadership Program offers non-credit and graduate options that provide the skills needed for those just entering the field, up to seasoned CEOs. Courses and programs are taught by UConn faculty and experience leaders from the nonprofit sector.

Education for the Nonprofit Professional


Four Course Graduate Certificate

100% Online | Real-World Skills

Nonprofit Graduate Certificate Scholarship

The Department of Public Policy Offers a Scholarship for current Nonprofit Certificate students.

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Nonprofit Certificate to MPA or MPP Degree Track

Contact David Garvey at or 959-200-3768 to discuss this option.


Designed For Corporate Professionals Seeking to Enter the Nonprofit Field


May - September 2019

Fairfield County

October 2019 - February 2020

A Practical Approach

The UConn Nonprofit Leadership Program provides you with the skill-sets to navigate the multifaceted roles and complex work environment of the nonprofit sector. Courses and programs are taught by UConn faculty and leaders in the sector who are subject matter experts in leadership; organization management; program development and evaluation; fund development; grant writing; governance and the full body of nonprofit operations.

Due to its robust format, the Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management provides a core foundation for those entering the field and prepares current nonprofit professionals for new leadership roles in their organization and the nonprofit field. Encore!Connecticut immerses the transitioning corporate executive into the nonprofit field with all courses held in Connecticut nonprofits and through its nationally recognized Fellowship program. Whether you are a student pursuing to enter the field, current nonprofit executive preparing for your next leadership role,or an individual seeking to transition your skills and experience to an encore career, the UConn Nonprofit Leadership Program will help prepare you for a position in the nonprofit or public sector.

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Public Policy News

  • Dr. Jennifer Dineen Discusses Polls on UConn 360 Podcast
    Assistant Professor In-Residence, and Program Director of the Graduate Program in Survey Research, Dr. Jennifer Dineen, was featured on UConn 360 to discuss how voters should view polls leading up to elections.  Dr. Dineen describes the outcomes of polls to be like taking the temperature of what a race looks like at a particular moment […]
  • Dr. David Garvey Presents at CT Community Nonprofit Alliance’s Annual Conference
      Dr. David Garvey, Department of Public Policy Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program presented Key Factors and Lessons Learned in Choosing Strategic Partnerships at the 2018 Annual Conference of the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, held October 2nd at the Connecticut Convention Center. In his session, Dr. Garvey presented findings from his research of Connecticut […]

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