Management of Nonprofit Organizations

Professors Kimberly Wiley and Betsy Goulet share their experience in nonprofit collaboration.

Short description: A Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is designed for professionals currently working closely with nonprofit organizations and for students beginning their careers.  Students prepare for work in nonprofit organizations where they may grow in their careers and direct change in their communities. Students may complete the certificate online or face-to-face in the classroom.



Students ‘speed date’ with local nonprofit leaders to find the perfect consulting match for a grant writing project.

Requirements: Students earn 18 credit hours in coursework specific to the nonprofit sector, including topics such as management, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation, finance, human resources management, community development, and social entrepreneurship. This certificate may be completed independently as a non-degree seeking student or along with the MPA program.

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Students and faculty go onsite to learn about the role of Innovate Springfield in local social innovation.

Throughout this certificate program students will have the opportunity to make connections with local nonprofits, learn from faculty with diverse nonprofit backgrounds, and engage with their communities on a multitude of levels. Other enriching opportunities for the student experience include access to Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, Center for Volunteer and Civic Engagement, Innovate Springfield, and Internship opportunities. Innovate Springfield is the downtown Springfield social innovation and business incubator and it’s not only helping local startup companies, it’s also giving students a chance to grow their ideas.


Fun fact:  According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are 60,277 nonprofit organizations in Illinois.

Potential Career Paths with a Nonprofit Certificate: Nonprofit Leadership, Arts Administration, Contract and Grant Management, Nonprofit Financial Management, Development and Fundraising,  and Volunteer Management.

Current students: Visit the blackboard course titled, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, for jobs, and volunteer opportunity, in addition to internship postings, upcoming course listings, and program announcements.