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Nonprofit Management Certificate
Suzanne Rossi
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Nonprofit Management Certificate

With the increased demand for sustainable funding streams, program metrics verifying outcomes, and new technical skills surrounding nonprofit management, community leaders have requested our help. Oakland University’s NPMC requires completion of 6 courses listed below. All six will be offered in rotation and students can begin the certificate instruction with the next available course. These are non-credit courses offered as 10 person minimum cohorts. 

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Course Descriptions
Management Best Practices in the Nonprofit Sector
Course provides an overview of the nonprofit sector, its diversity and impact on the economy, legal and ethical frameworks in which nonprofits exist, and basics of the nonprofit system of governance and trends in nonprofit governance. Weekly topics:
  • Nonprofit sector: history, diversity and impact
  • Legal frameworks and Governance
  • Ethical issues (what are the ethical issues and boundaries of nonprofits in the U.S.)
  • Leadership Models and Challenges
  • Advocacy, Lobbying, and Collaborations
  • Nonprofit challenges and how to cope with it
  • Summary of the best management practices in the nonprofit sector

Entrepreneurship & Fund Development
Course provides knowledge about innovative solutions to social problems, as well as about traditional and new forms of organized fundraising, such as individual giving, special events, understanding grant writing, managing annual giving campaigns, and developing planned giving initiatives. Weekly topics:
  • Fundraising and accountability
  • Innovations and entrepreneurial ideas in the sector
  • Understanding grant writing
  • Relationship building
  • Planned giving
  • Managing annual campaigns
  • Summary of innovative activities and fundraising in the nonprofit field

Financial Management & Accountability for NP Managers
Course covers financial, fiscal and budgeting management topics integral to nonprofit management, transparency and stewardship of proper financial management, application of accounting principles, and proper reporting. Weekly topics:
  • Strategic financial planning
  • Financial reporting for nonprofits
  • Accounting for nonprofit managers
  • Budget development
  • Financial investment and savings
  • Managing of restricted and unrestricted funds, cash-flow problems
  • Overview of principles of proper financial management in nonprofits

Performance Metrics in Nonprofit Management
Course addresses issues in performance evaluation in nonprofit organizations, setting program goals and metrics, and managing evaluation with limited resources. Weekly topics:
  • Measuring, assessing and evaluating impact at organizational level
  • Measuring, assessing and evaluating impact at programmatic level
  • Developing measurable and feasible ways of success
  • Quantitative & qualitative data
  • Sustainable strategic planning
  • How to report performance
  • Trends and challenges in social impact measurement

Leadership & Human Resource Management in NPOs
Course addresses board’s roles and responsibilities, board structure and recruitment, ways to better lead nonprofit staff, such as attracting, recruiting, retaining, motivating, supervising employees and volunteers, and personnel regulation related to nonprofits at the state and federal level. Weekly topics:
  • Leadership within a nonprofit organization (BOD and CEO) and their roles and responsibilities
  • Employment Law
  • Staff management and development (attracting, recruiting, retaining, motivating, supervising)
  • Volunteer management and development (attracting, recruiting, retaining, motivating, supervising)
  • Cultural competency and diversity
  • Leadership challenges and moral expectations
  • Summary of the best personnel management practices in the nonprofit sector

Communication, Marketing & Outreach for NP Managers
Course introduces the application of marketing theories in nonprofits, strategies in organizational communication and public relations, use of social media and other means of communications, stakeholder and donor management. Weekly topics:
  • Marketing/advertisement
  • Ethical use of communications and PR
  • Donor management
  • Community outreach
  • Effective Information/communication technology
  • “Big data” in advancing the causes of nonprofits
  • Trends, challenges and best practices in communication, marketing & outreach
Program Schedule & Pricing

Cost per course: $695
Course frequency: One 3-hour instructor-led session and 3 hours online per week
Total course length: 7 weeks
Total contact hours: 42 hours

Minimum 10 person cohort. (Class will begin as scheduled if 10 students have registered.)


Start & End Dates


Course Title





Start Date:

October 29, 2019

End Date:
December 10, 2019

Management Best Practices
in Nonprofit Sector

Instructor: Allandra Bulger 


October 29   

November 5, 12, 29, 26

3 & 10

Tuesday Evenings 

 205 Varner Hall
6 - 9 PM

Start Date:
January 7, 2020     

End Date:
February 18, 2020       

Entrepreneurship & Fund Development

Instructor: Aimee Argel

7, 14, 21, 28

4, 11, 18

Tuesday Evenings

164 South Foundation Hall

6 - 9 PM

Start Date:
February 25, 2020

End Date:
April 7, 2020

Performance Metrics in
Nonprofit Management

Instructors: Rebecca Chamberlain and Chelsea Landry

 February 25

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

April 7

Tuesday Evenings


6 - 9 PM

Start Date:
April 21, 2020

End Date:
June 9, 2020

& Human Resource Management
in Nonprofit Organizations 

Instructor: Maureen Rovas

 April 21, 28

May 5, 12, 19*

June 2 & 9

 Tuesday Evenings

6 - 9 PM

Start Date:
June 16, 2020

End Date:
July 28, 2020

Financial Management & Accountability for 
Nonprofit Managers  
 June 16, 23, 30

July 7, 14,
21, 28

Tuesday Evenings

6 - 9 PM

Start Date:
September 10, 2019

End Date:
October 22, 2019
Communication, Marketing &
Outreach for Nonprofit Managers   

September 10, 17, 24

October 1, 8, 15, 22

Tuesday Evenings
South Foundation Hall room 173
6 - 9 PM

 * Tuesday, May 26 has been left off for Memorial Day holiday. Instructor and class may choose to have class that night and finish a week early.

Senior Director of Individual Giving
Michigan State University

Allandra Bulger
Executive Director
Co.act Detroit, Techtown

Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga
Internal Communications Officer
External Affairs and Communications
Kresge Foundation

Marc Craig
President and CEO
Community Housing Network

Dennis Blender
Blender Consulting Group

Judy Muhn Organizational Development Consultant, NEW
Christian Marcillo Founder Future Help Designs
Maureen RovasExecutive Director
American Lung Association in Michigan