Nonprofit Essentials

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Nonprofit Essentials

Pathway Certificate

15 Credits | Less than 1 Year


Explore. Develop. Coordinate. Manage. With the Nonprofit Essentials program, you can complete all classes part-time over one year or take one class at a time. Nonprofit Essentials addresses strategies for meeting the challenges of running Board meetings, raising funds through grants and events, and managing volunteers.

Program Overview

As a student in the Nonprofit Essentials career pathway program, you will explore the role of nonprofit organizations, develop volunteer and Board relationships and coordinate grant and fundraising strategies. 

Program Outcomes

Nonprofit Essentials graduates will be able to:

  • Explore the principles and concepts of nonprofit leadership
  • Examine various grant and fundraising strategies commonly used in the nonprofit sector
  • Plan, organize and evaluate nonprofit organizations based on its mission, vision and goals

The online delivery format of the Nonprofit Essentials career pathway program allows you to juggle your busy personal life while taking your classes.

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Online Delivery Option.

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Nonprofit Essentials classes are offered fully Online. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle.

Complete On Your Schedule

Complete the program in as little as one year or you can take your time over several semesters. It’s your choice. 

Acquire Real-Life Experience

Students will participate in a hands-on field experience to practice the tasks and duties typically performed in a nonprofit organization.

Convenient Learning Options

The Nonprofit Essentials program offers an engaging learning environment, with online and interactive virtual courses, with access to your instructors to support your success. 

Required Courses

The Nonprofit Essentials pathway certificate is focused on enhancing leadership skills of both formal employees and a volunteer workforce, organizing fundraising events, and implementing marketing activities to meet organizational goals.

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Featured Nonprofit Essentials Courses

| 3 CR
In this course students will deepen their understanding of raising funds in the nonprofit sector. Students learn about event planning and budgeting, income projections and ticketing, marketing outreach, food and beverage, and logistics management. Students will also categorize the various types of strategic tools currently used in conjunction with social media to increase fundraising campaigns.
| 3 CR
An introductory course aimed at providing an overview of the essential functions of a nonprofit organization. In this course students are introduced to the fundamentals of effective mission and vision statements, strategic planning, operations management, Board development, and budgeting.
| 3 CR
This course follows social media’s transformation of advertising from a mass medium to one-to-one communication with immediate feedback. Social media’s use for public relations and advertising as well as how to create and deploy a social media campaign will be the main focus of the course. The history and development of social media platforms will be examined as well as today’s ethical and legal implications of social media efforts.

Nonprofit Essentials is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Nonprofit Essentials student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

You could take this first and get a credential.

Pathway Certificate
15 Credits / Less than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Fundraising Coordinator, Development Coordinator, Grant Writer, Youth Specialist
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Technical Diploma
12 Credits / Less than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Office Coordinator, Office Supervisor, Customer Service Specialist, Group Coordinator, Team Lead
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Continue your education to earn a one-year technical diploma.

Technical Diploma
30 Credits / 1 Year
Potential Careers
Fundraising Coordinator, Relationship Manager, Marketing Communications Associate, Program Manager
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Earn your associate degree.

Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Program Coordinator, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Programs, Director of Development
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Continue your education to earn your bachelor's degree.

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Nonprofit Essentials

15 Credits | Less than 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Nonprofit Essentials Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Nonprofit Essentials pathway certificate. Continue in your education at Northwood Tech into the Nonprofit Professional technical diploma and Nonprofit Leadership associate degree.

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