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Nonprofit Professional

Technical Diploma

30 Credits | 1 Year

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. Select courses available at the Northwood Tech Outreach Centers. Please contact your campus for specifics.

Career Cluster: Business Management

Explore. Develop. Coordinate. Manage. In the Nonprofit Professional program, you have the flexibility to complete courses online and gain the skills you need while balancing the demands of work and family. The Nonprofit Professional technical diploma addresses strategies for meeting the challenges of running Board meetings, raising funds through grants and events, managing and controlling budgets, strategic planning, and communication and conflict resolution strategies.

Program Overview

As a student in the Nonprofit Professional program, you will explore the role of nonprofit organizations, develop volunteer and board relationships, explore grant and fundraising strategies, learn how to manage and control budgets and communicate effectively. Graduates of this program can find employment with assisted living centers, hospice and home care agencies, hospitals, YMCAs, childcare programs, domestic abuse and homeless shelters and many more nonprofit organizations, both locally and nationally. 

Program Outcomes

Nonprofit Professional graduates will be able to:

  • Cultivate professional relationships to build community, board and volunteer resources
  • Select an 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
  • Evaluate mission, vision, and goals for nonprofit organizations

The flexible delivery formats of Nonprofit Professional allows you to juggle your busy personal life while taking your classes.

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Online delivery options.

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Experienced instructors.

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Jobs in high demand.


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

Build Your Skill Set

As you progress through your career, choose from a variety of classes to elevate your skill set necessary for a successful nonprofit career.

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 Professional 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 Professional program 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.

Explore the Required Courses

Featured Nonprofit Professional Courses

| 1 CR
Analyze current business strategy, recognize trends, develop vision and mission statements, identify benchmarks, measure business against benchmarks, recommend future directions.
| 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.
| 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 Professional is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Nonprofit Professional 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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This is the program you’re looking at.

Technical Diploma
30 Credits / 1 Year
Potential Careers
Fundraising Coordinator, Relationship Manager, Marketing Communications Associate, Program Manager
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Continue your education to earn an 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.

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

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

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 Professional

30 Credits | 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 Professional Program

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

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Transfer Center

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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