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Graduate Certificate: Nonprofit Management and Leadership 

Your Passion | You have a passion for making the world a better place. You want to lead positive change for a cause you care about, whether that is improving your community, creating better opportunities for youth, making people healthier, or cleaning up the environment for future generations. In addition applying your talent and energy toward positive change, do you also want to have a successful career that enables you to exercise leadership, assume important responsibilities, and support yourself and your family?

Your Career | The nonprofit sector is one of the three biggest industries in the United States, and affords loads of opportunities for ambitious people to do well while also doing good. With state and local governments increasingly strapped financially, nonprofits increasingly meet critical needs in their communities while also employing millions of highly skilled professionals across the country.

Your Impact | The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy is designed for anyone who wants to manage and lead a nonprofit organization. Our alumni are not only making an impact; they are leading teams and organizations to be the change they want to see in the world.

In 2019, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate program in the School of Public Policy was ranked as one of the best in the country by US News and World Report. This world-class Certificate program, which can be completed in as little as one year, is designed for working professionals at all levels of nonprofit organizations. You will be empowered in your career and you will multiply your impact through your organization and for the people that you serve!

*select program code Z116 in the online application

For Fall 2019 start: Priority Deadline for Fellowship Funding: June 28, 2019. To date, enrolled students typically received a $7,000 fellowship which made the cost of the program $15,000. Some fellowships may be higher.

Applications are due by August 15, 2019. Click here to learn more about program costs and Fellowship opportunities.


Nonprofit Management and Leadership (Tuesday's, 6:30 - 9 p.m., beginning Aug. 27)

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 (Wednesday's, 6:30 - 9 p.m., beginning Aug. 28)

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 (Spring 2020)

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 (Spring 2020)

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

The School of Public Policy and Do Good Institute support its students to make a greater impact on the world AND have rewarding careers. Here are some examples of companies, foundations and nonprofits our alumni have joined (and in some cases, founded!) upon graduation:

A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation // Arabella Advisors // Calvert Impact Capital // Catholic Relief Services // Deloitte // Environmental Finance Center // Exponent Philanthropy // Fund for Educational Excellence // Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation // Imperfect Produce // National Center for Family Philanthropy // Oakland Promise // Partnership for Public Service // Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation // Share Our Strength // The Nature Conservancy // TIAA // Unbound Impact Consulting // United Way for the National Capital Area // Urban Teachers // Wells Fargo Foundation 

“My experience as a student of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership was and will always be a valuable learning opportunity. I felt that this program gave me the opportunity to learn how to be an effective nonprofit leader, how to manage nonprofit finances and operations, and how to design and implement an effective fundraising event. In addition, the Certificate program has knowledgeable professors who provide guidance and insight based on their nonprofit experiences. I know that my Certificate degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the reputable School of Public Policy will boost my professional persona as I continue my career path within the nonprofit sector.”

-Nicole Stephenson, Spring 2019 Certificate Graduate

More Information & Application

For more information about program requirements, tutition and fees, fellowships, and application information, visit our Frequently Asked Question's Page or visit go.umd.edu/nonprofitcert. To learn more about Fellowship opportunities, please email Taryn F. Faulkner at faulkner@umd.edu

Priority Deadline for Fellowship Funding: June 28, 2019. Application Deadline: August 15, 2019.



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