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Nonprofit Management


Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Approved Provider for Continuing Education.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

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

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

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Academic Calendar

Event Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024 Fall 2024
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Oct 19 Jan 18 Apr 18 Jul 11
Courses Begin* (week of) Jan 8 Apr 1 Jun 24 Sep 23
Courses End* (week of) Mar 18 Jun 10 Sep 9 Dec 9
Administrative Holidays Jan 15, Feb 19 Mar 29, May 27 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 2 Nov 11, Nov 28-29, Dec 24-25, Dec 31, Jan 1

*Actual dates may vary by program.

Learn How To Earn Your Certificate

Earn a Certificate

Apply to become a candidate for the program: A Declaration of Candidacy is required to establish candidacy in this program. Complete the application and pay the application and candidacy fee of $125 (non-refundable). Learn more about the benefits of becoming a candidate. Candidacy is not required to enroll into individual course in a program.

A candidate in the program is awarded a specialized studies certificate upon the successful completion of seven (7) required courses totaling 11 units, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. To receive the Certified Digital Certificate after the completing all the program requirements, students must submit the Request for Certificate to initiate the certificate audit process. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Transfer Credit

Students who complete the Nonprofit Management Specialized Studies Program may be eligible to transfer credits into University of the Pacific – Benerd College’s Master of Arts in Leadership (Organizational Innovation and Change Concentration).

Advisory Committee

  • Brateil Aghasi, Executive Director, WISEPlace
  • Peter Chang, Director of Philanthropy, Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Shaina Flesser, Associate Executive Director, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • David Gillanders, Executive Director, Pathways of Hope
  • John Guastaferro, Executive Director, Hyundai Hope on Wheels and Genesis Inspiration Foundation
  • Sarah Neely, Chief Executive Officer, Orange Door Consulting
  • Kendra Puryear, Executive Director, Developments in Literacy (DIL)
  • Angela Seaworth, Founder & Consultant, Seaworth Nonprofit Solutions
  • Robin Sinclair, Senior Consultant, Orange Door Consulting

Career Advancement Network (CAN)

We are proud to provide our certificate students and alumni with newly enhanced career services that include one-on-one coaching, technology tools, webinars and workshops, networking events, mentorship/internship opportunities, and a rich collection of free online career resources. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Each course costs $495 (pricing subject to change) and students are required to pay for each individual course at the time of enrollment. There is also a one-time candidacy declaration fee of $125, to be paid prior to your third class. Therefore, the entire program costs $3,590. 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 Maya Cornejo at

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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