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Nonprofit Leadership

Associate Degree

60 Credits | 2 Years

Online Program | Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice and On Site instruction. Select courses available at the Northwood Tech Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

Career Cluster: Business Management

If you want to exercise your leadership skills and have a passion for helping people in need, the Nonprofit Leadership degree is for you!  Never before have nonprofit organizations been as important as they are today. With funding cutbacks to community resources, growing nonprofits are making up the gap in providing much-needed services to their regions and the nation. The Nonprofit Leadership program addresses strategies for meeting the challenges of acquiring new funding resources, recruiting a volunteer workforce, increasing service support needs and managing fiscal requirements.

Program Overview

As a student, you will explore the role of nonprofit organizations, developing volunteer and board relationships, coordinating grant and fundraising strategies, and managing fiscal resources. Graduates of this program could seek employment with government social services, YMCAs, assisted living centers, hospice, home care agencies, clinics, hospitals, Headstart and other childcare programs, domestic abuse and homeless shelters, and police, fire and EMS volunteer programs.

Program Outcomes

Nonprofit Leadership graduates will be able to:

  • Apply sound decision-making about fiscal and financial resources
  • Create individual professional development plans to meet organizational goals
  • Facilitate effective employee relations
  • Cultivate professional relationships to build community, board and volunteer resources
  • Select appropriate communication strategy to fit the situation
  • 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

Nonprofits are seeking qualified individuals to help further their missions of providing needed support and services in their communities.

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Nonprofit Leadership classes are offered on all four campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior), Online and outreach centers: Balsam Lake, Hayward, and Ladysmith. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online, On Site and Your Choice instruction.

Accommodates Your Goals

Nonprofit Leadership offers different options for acquiring a certificate, technical diploma or the associate degree. Start earning credentials in as little as one semester.

Field Experience

In addition to the real-life in-class experiences, students will participate in a hands-on field experience to practice the tasks and duties typically performed in a nonprofit organization.

Part-Time Option

The Nonprofit Leadership program accommodates your life by providing a part-time schedule to complete your education, making it easier to work around other responsibilities.

Required Courses

The Nonprofit Leadership program is focused on enhancing leadership skills of both formal employees and a volunteer workforce, seeking out funding sources and managing budgets, and implementing marketing activities to meet organizational goals.

Explore the Required Courses

Featured Nonprofit Leadership Courses

| 2 CR
Successful management of volunteers is critical to a nonprofit organization. This investigative course is intended to prepare students to assume roles as volunteer program leaders and managers, or to improve their skills in existing roles with volunteer organizations. The fundamental design of the course is based on learning through critical thought in and about leadership and management roles with volunteers.
| 2 CR
An introductory course designed to familiarize students to the language of grants. Specific topics include proposal development, funding sources and processes, writing grant proposals, creating budgets, developing effective evaluation tools, and managing grant funds.
| 1 CR
A dynamic course that focuses on developing a cohesive and strategic board of directors. Topics include defining the role of the board, strengthening the working relationship between staff members and board members, and organizing and facilitating effective meetings.

Nonprofit Leadership is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Nonprofit Leadership student at Northwood Tech, you can build 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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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.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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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 Leadership

60 Credits | 2 Years


*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 Leadership Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a:

  • Supervisory Leadership technical certificate
  • Leadership Essentials technical diploma
  • Nonprofit Essentials pathway certificate
  • Nonprofit Professional technical diploma
  • Nonprofit Leadership associate degree
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Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Sherry Rehnelt

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Superior Admissions Contact

Anna Kalin

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Nicole Messicci

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

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