Nonprofit Management

The Nonprofit Management certificate program will be discontinued as of fall 2020, and no classes will be offered for the program at this time. Please contact the College of Extended Learning for further information.

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Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management Certificates


Master fundamentals or prepare for a leadership role
Cost: $2,500

Nonprofit Management Class Schedule

Class Schedule

Classes offered in spring & fall

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What Students & Faculty Say


Tamira Jones

Tamira Jones, Graduate
Program Manager, Earth Island Institute

On the Nonprofit Leadership & Strategic Management Certificate:

“What I liked most about the program was learning from seasoned nonprofit professionals with a cohort of practitioners from all levels of the nonprofit sector.”

Ben Mok

Ben Mok, Student
Development Manager, Chinese Culture Center

On the Special Events Planning Course:

“If you want a course to teach you everything you want to know about Special Event Planning, this is it. Laurie Earp has a lot of energy, passion and experience in this space!”

Regina Neu

Regina Neu, Faculty
SF State Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient

“If you want to build your skills in the nonprofit management sector, this program is a great way to learn practical skills and develop your resource bank to either enter or grow your career in the nonprofit sector.”




About the Nonprofit Management Program



Nonprofit organizations serve the interests of the community. They comprise an increasingly significant portion of the American economy as an essential element in American civic life, spanning fields as diverse as health care, education, human services, environmental management, criminal justice, and the arts.

The Nonprofit Management certificate program provides accessible, relevant and cost-effective management training, filling a well-recognized gap in the nonprofit sector. Topics include board development, financial management, grant writing and integrated marketing communications. Students may take individual courses or take all seven to earn either the Fundamental Management Skills Certificate or the Nonprofit Leadership and Strategic Management Certificate. Courses provide a stimulating and supportive climate for exploring the pressing issues facing current and future nonprofit leaders.


Students in this program are either managing the day-to-day work of a nonprofit or are making strategic decisions, setting policy and helping set the organization's vision at various levels of leadership.

Certificates of Completion

Certificate of Completion in Fundamental Management Skills

  • professionals working in the nonprofit sector
  • professionals working in a governmental or private setting who would like to work or volunteer in the nonprofit sector
  • students without professional experience who seek to prepare themselves for nonprofit careers

Certificate of Completion in Nonprofit Leadership & Strategic Management

  • nonprofit professionals new to senior management positions
  • senior managers who have recently transitioned from the public or private sector and are new to nonprofit leadership
  • nonprofit leaders who are facing new management and leadership challenges; leaders include executive directors, department directors, board members and key volunteers

Student Spotlight

Polina Sfard

“Classes were very interactive with students and instructors exchanging ideas in class. It didn't feel like just a lecture - you're organically learning by interacting with your peers who also have experiences working with nonprofits. Everyone's voice was really heard.”

Polina Sfard, Graduate