Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program

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Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program is a not-for-credit certificate course intended for new executives, managers and emerging professionals from the nonprofit sector who wish to enhance their ability to lead and manage. The goal of this program is to foster leaders who are able to sustain themselves and their organizations, improve their own leadership capabilities and people management skills, and develop a robust toolkit of strategic and tactical skills to apply to the day-to-day in their jobs. This 13-week program will be comprised of 39 total required hours, including 30 hours of core course content and 9 hours of special topic content. All core courses and special topics will be taught by experienced subject matter experts and practitioners from the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN).

Core courses will be six (6) hours in length and will be taught in two 3-hour sessions. Courses will include a combination of lecture, discussion and in-depth examination of expert-led case studies designed to give nonprofit leaders and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore their leadership style and gain tactical ways to more effectively achieve their organization’s mission.

  1. Leadership (6 hours): Get ready to learn how to make the shift from individual contributor to leader, how to navigate the difference between managing and leading, how to hone your leadership, and how to increase your impact by building and managing a strong team.
  2. Financial Leadership (6 hours): You will learn to understand the unique aspects of non-profit financials and to use this information to create greater financial stability for your organization.
  3. Strategic Development & Operational Planning (6 hours): You will learn the core principles of creating and casting your vision, how to create a strategic framework for implementation and assessment, and how to build capacity through efficient and effective operational planning.
  4. Fund Development (6 hours): You will learn comprehensive, proven fundraising concepts and principles incorporating the latest research. At the same time, you will learn specific tools and techniques that enable and empower fundraisers to effectively plan and manage developmental efforts as they relate to overall strategic vision of the organization, including both the horizontals and verticals of fundraising.
  5. Governance (6 hours): One of the key determinates of a successful non-profit is the relationship between the board and staff. In this course you will learn about the role and responsibilities of a non-profit board of directors, how build a board to meet your strategic vision and how to engage your board members.

SPECIAL TOPICS: Special topics will be three (3) hours in length and will be taught in one session using lecture and discussion format.

  1. Marketing & Social Media for Non-Profits
  2. Measuring Impact: How to measure your impact for funders
  3. Technology & Non-Profits: How to get the most out of all the "free" resources

CSM, Bldg. 5, Rm. 352 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$975
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“The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program offered the perfect springboard into my new role as Executive Director of a nonprofit organization.  The roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit leader can be challenging and at times overwhelming.  There are many expectations from a wide range of stakeholders and developing effective systems for managing the workload is critical to success. My experience with the leadership certificate program provided me with valuable training that boosted my confidence and helped me to feel ready to take on such an important leadership role. 
Creating a vision and serving the mission of your organization, working effectively with a board of directors, strategic planning, raising critical funds for programs and services, and providing strong financial stewardship are all vital topics of the class that have served me very well as a new ED.  My limited experience working with a board was greatly enhanced by the readings and discussions in class. I was able to pull back from worrying about the demands of a board to focus on the wealth of knowledge and skills that are shared by board members and develop a strong partnership.  Fund development was another area where I felt I was lacking in experience and the class not only helped me understand fundraising strategies, it helped me develop effective messaging that would be compelling to potential donors. 
I feel that one of the most important aspects of the leadership class was that it moved beyond the vital skills I would need to be successful in my work and urged me to consider the kind of leader I want to be.  How I want people to feel when they work with me and what kind of workplace culture and organizational climate I want to cultivate are essential to effective leadership. This well-rounded class touched on every aspect of becoming the leader you want to be – the leader that is inside all of us.”

Lisa Rock, Executive Director of Palo Alto Community Child Care

Fall 2016 Cohort

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Class Details

13 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

College of San Mateo (CSM)

Jennifer Simmons 

Please read: CSM Bldg. 5, Rm. 352



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Registration Closes On
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
1/17/2017 - 4/11/2017 Weekly - Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM San Mateo, College of San Mateo (CSM)  Map Jennifer Simmons