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Graduate Certificate: Nonprofit Management and Leadership 

The University of Maryland's (UMD) School of Public Policy and the Do Good Institute (DGI) have launched a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. The Certificate is designed for nonprofit professionals who want to hone their skills in leadership and management; strategy; fundraising; and financial management. Students delve into the challenges facing today’s leaders and develop the tools and experiences needed to create positive change in their organizations and their fields. 

Certificate courses are conveniently offered on UMD’s College Park Campus (Green Line) and are scheduled with working professionals in mind. The Certificate can be completed in as little as nine months and coursework in the Certificate can also be used toward a master’s degree should students decide to continue their studies.


Courses & Timeline

Nonprofit Management and Leadership (Thursday's at 7 p.m.)

In the United States alone, the nonprofit sector encompasses over a million organizations and annually reports trillions of dollars in revenue and assets. Through discussions of contemporary trends, challenges and issues, this course provides an introduction to the nonprofit sector and the leadership and management skills required to achieve social impact. Faculty: Alex Counts & Robert T. Grimm, Jr.

Nonprofit Financial Management (Tuesday's at 7 p.m.)

This course covers the fundamentals of accounting and financial management for nonprofit organizations. Students will learn how to understand and use financial information to inform decision-making. The course will focus on operating budgets, cash budgets, tools for evaluating capital budgeting decisions and an introduction to accounting principles, financial reporting, financial condition analysis and unique aspects of accounting for not-for profit organizations. By the end of the course, students should be able to read and interpret financial information and perform straightforward financial analyses. Faculty: Nathan Dietz

Strategic Management for Nonprofit & Public Organizations 

Serving as a successful leader for a nonprofit or public organization of any kind requires an understanding of the strategic management process and a well-developed and managed strategy is a key to an organization’s performance. This course provides an integrated approach to leadership theories and concepts, research and modern practices related to strategic planning and execution. Leading strategy approaches will be discussed and students will gain a deep understanding of how strategy can be effectively developed, implemented and managed in these organizations. Faculty: Rob Sheehan

Nonprofit Fundraising 

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of fundraising. We will identify the major types of nonprofit funding models and assess which fundraising methods are appropriate for each model. We also will explore motivations for giving; types of funding sources; types of fundraising mechanisms and instruments; grant writing and the rise of strategic philanthropy and the new demands it places on nonprofit leaders. Faculty: Robert T. Grimm, Jr. & Sara Yousefnejad Gallagher


  • Alex Counts founded Grameen Foundation and served as its president and CEO for 20 years, after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. Counts' commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank. He trained under Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Since its early beginnings, Grameen Foundation has become a leading international humanitarian organization.
  • Nathan Dietz is a Senior Research Associate at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute and has served the Associate Director for the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Dietz has also served as a Senior Program Manager at the Partnership for Public Service and as the Associate Director for Research and Evaluation at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). His current work focuses on social capital, volunteering, charitable contributions, civic engagement and social entrepreneurship, especially among college students and young adults.
  • Sara Yousefnejad Gallagher is the Chief Program Officer of the DGI. Prior to the Institute, Gallagher was a Program Officer at Calvert Impact Capital for a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and USAID that harnessed the passion and energy of diasporas to contribute to the social and economic development of their countries of heritage. Gallagher has also served as a Philanthropy Fellow at Calvert Impact Capital and at Greater Washington Community Foundation, and led development and fundraising efforts for several small nonprofit organizations.
  • Robert T. Grimm, Jr. is the Levenson Family Chair in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and the Director of DGI, which provides education, opportunities and resources to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders, social innovators and civic-minded students. Grimm previously served as Senior Counselor to the CEO and the Director of Research and Policy Development at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Grimm also received senior appointments from both President Bush and President Obama to co-lead the creation of the Social Innovation Fund.
  • Rob M. Sheehan, Jr. has more than 30 years of executive management experience, including 18 years as the CEO of two different national nonprofits. His research and academic publications are focused on leadership, strategy, and organizational effectiveness. His background and experiences have included serving as CEO of LeaderShape, Inc. from 1992-2001 and CEO of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity & Educational Foundation from 1981-1990.

Alumni Jobs

Arabella Advisors // Deloitte // Catholic Relief Services // Fund for Educational Excellence // Greater Washington Community Foundation// Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation // The Nature Conservancy // Partnership for Public Service // Richard and Nancy Marriott Foundation // United Way for the National Capital Area // Wells Fargo Foundation

More Information & Application

For more information and application information, visit: go.umd.edu/nonprofitcert. To learn more about Fellowship opportunities, please email Taryn F. Faulkner at faulkner@umd.edu.,

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