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Nonprofit Leadership

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership provides a unique opportunity to pursue a theoretically based and practically oriented education in leadership for nonprofit professionals. This program offers nonprofit managers the up-to-date professional skills and perspectives required to lead their organizations in the rapidly changing and complex nonprofit sector of society.

Program Overview

The graduate certificate is specifically designed for the experienced nonprofit manager who has an advanced degree or an undergraduate degree and several years of professional experience. It is intended for those holding or seeking executive positions that wish to further their education without pursuing the full requirements for a graduate degree.


The certificate requires the completion of 15 credit hours of graduate study:

  • 3 credits of workshops
  • Fund Development and Financial Management
  • Nonprofit Boards, Trustees, and Governance
  • Nonprofit Management Practice
  • Nonprofit Organizations, Advocacy, and Public Policy

Career Options

Career opportunities include positions as:

  • Clergy and ministry directors
  • Executive directors
  • Foundation directors and staff members
  • Grant managers
  • Nonprofit board members
  • Social workers

Application Deadline

A fully completed application must be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the intended semester of enrollment. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley. Please visit

Why Study Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley?

  • Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, focused on financial, technical, and administrative support on teaching, research, and service.
  • Community Research Institute, which provides quality research and critical data for community improvement.
  • Grand Valley library's endowed Johnson Collection for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, which is one of the country's best collections on the nonprofit sector.

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“Every time I go to class, I come back to work the next day with five more things that I want to incorporate into my job.”


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