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Nonprofit Management


Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Approved Provider for Continuing Education 2019.Nonprofit management in the 21st century is a promising, challenging career that requires professionals skilled in organization, management and relationship-building. Individuals working in mission-focused and value-based organizations must have a thorough understanding of internal and external factors affecting fundraising as well as the ability to apply principles of marketing, communications and strategic planning to this specialized profession.

The Nonprofit Management Specialized Studies is designed to help you take a more proactive approach to the organizational needs and activities of both large and small nonprofit organizations. After completion of the program, you will have the knowledge base and skills to contribute to high-functioning nonprofit teams and productive fundraising operations.

Who Should Enroll

  • Nonprofit staff members and development staff
  • Volunteer coordinators
  • Career changers who are looking to enter the nonprofit sector

Career Insight

Occupational summary for fundraisers. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Annual Job Openings
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(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $97k)

Program Benefits

  • Identify and define organizational goals, and how those goals align to mission, vision, organizational ethics and deliverables for success
  • Define various fundraising models and formulate plans for identification of funding streams and sources
  • Implement strategic financial management practices germane to nonprofit resource administration and reporting
  • Analyze the viability of new fundraising initiatives and their potential for success
  • Implement leadership strategies specific to fundraising and nonprofit teams

Course Schedule

Required Courses

Nonprofit Management Fundamentals (2.00 Units)
  to be scheduled   Online
Fundraising Models & Resource Development (1.50 Units)
Nonprofit Financial Management (1.50 Units)
Stakeholder & Board Management (1.50 Units)
to be scheduled      
SOCECOL x448.5
Nonprofit Strategy (1.50 Units)
SOCECOL x448.5
  to be scheduled    
Nonprofit HR and Operations (1.50 Units)
to be scheduled      
Nonprofit Marketing & Communications (1.50 Units)

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 15 Oct 21 Jan 20 Apr 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 20 Jan 3 Mar 28 Jun 20
Courses End* (week of) Dec 13 Mar 14 Jun 6 Sep 6
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21 Mar 25, May 30 Jul 4, Sep 5

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Specialized Studies Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of all seven (7) required courses for a total of 11 units. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course in order to be eligible for the certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. To receive your digital certificate, submit a Request for Certificate with a non-refundable $35 application fee after completing all program requirements. Students not pursuing the specialized studies are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Each course costs $475 (pricing subject to change) and students are required to pay for each individual course at the time of enrollment. There is also a Request for Specialized Studies fee of $35 to be paid upon completion of all required courses. Therefore the entire program costs $3,360. Please keep in mind that this cost does not include textbooks, which some of our instructors do require. Textbook information for specific courses can be found on our website on the enrollment page. You may order books from a third party vendor such as If you are an international student, be sure to order your textbooks well in advance of the start date of your online course to allow time for international shipping. Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • How long will it take me to complete the entire program?
  • Most students complete two courses per quarter and are finished in one year. You can take as many simultaneous courses as you wish, but we strongly recommend starting with one or two to ensure you have the necessary time to devote to the course(s).
  • Do I have to apply and be accepted before I start?
  • No. Since UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE) is the continuing education unit of the university, there are no academic requirements needed to apply for the certificate program. However, the coursework is at a post-baccalaureate level.
  • Do I have to take the classes in order?
  • We highly recommend that individuals start with SOCECOL X448.1 Nonprofit Management Fundamentals.
  • Can I complete the entire program online?
  • Yes, this is a fully online program.
  • I've never taken an online class. How does it work?
  • All of our classes run asynchronously, meaning classes are not in “real time” and you can access the content 24 hours a day. Still, each course has a specific start and end date and students must complete assignments by the deadlines listed in the course syllabus in order to earn credit. The courses are structured week-to-week, from Monday to Sunday, and you are expected to log in multiple times during the week to keep up with class discussions and assignments.
  • I am an international student / I am located overseas – am I able to enroll?
  • Yes. As an open-enrollment program, international students are welcome in the program. As listed on our website, all certificate programs at UCI DCE (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. We find that students cannot truly benefit from the online program without a strong command of verbal and written English skills. More specifically, non-native English speakers interested in our certificate program should score a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (100 for the Internet-based test). You are not required to have a student visa while taking online courses from your home county.
  • Do you offer job placement at the end of the program?
  • No. While UCI DCE does not offer placement services, our certificate certainly puts you in a good position to find employment. Additionally, the networking to be done in the class can also be invaluable. Our advisors, instructors, and a good number of our students, are current professionals in the non-profit management field, and are an excellent resource for hiring trends and opportunities.
  • Is UCI Division of Continuing Education an accredited institution?
  • Yes. We are affiliated with the University of California system of schools, and are accredited through WASC. DCE programs are all approved by the respective school within UCI. For more information, please see UCI Accreditation.
  • I can't find the answer to my question.
  • If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Education and Business Programs at or (949) 824-5592.

Advisory Committee

  • Brateil Aghasi, Executive Director, WISEPlace
  • Shaina Flesser, Associate Executive Director, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • David Gillanders, Executive Director, Pathways of Hope
  • John Guastaferro, Executive Director, Anaheim Community Foundation
  • Kendra Puryear, Executive Director, Developments in Literacy (DIL)
  • Angela Seaworth, Founder & Consultant, Seaworth Nonprofit Solutions
  • Brenyale Toomer-Byas, Senior Director, Housing and Workforce Development, Orange County United Way

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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