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Nonprofit Essentials

Pathway Certificate

15 Credits | Less than 1 Year


Explore. Develop. Coordinate. Manage. With the Nonprofit Essentials pathway certificate, you can complete all the classes in one semester 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. Graduates of this certificate can find work with assisted living centers, hospice and home care agencies, childcare programs, domestic abuse and homeless shelters and many more nonprofit organizations, both locally and nationally. 

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 non-profit 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 on all four campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior). Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online instruction.

Complete in One Semester

All of the classes are offered each semester. This allows you to finish the program in just one semester or you can take your time over several semesters. It’s your choice.

Acquire Real-Life Experience

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

Interactive Online Learning

Northwood Tech’s interactive online learning environments is a unique virtual learning experience. You’ll have instructor-prepared videos to help guide your learning, and you’ll participate with classmates in discussion to enhance your learning, all in the virtual world.


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.

Explore the Curriculum

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.
| 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 Essentials is Part of a Career Pathway

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

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Pathway Certificate
15 Credits / Less than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Fundraising Coordinator, Development Coordinator, Youth Worker, 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, Manufacturing Lead
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Continue your education to obtain 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 Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Programs
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.

Nonprofit Leadership Transfer Options

UW-Stout | UW-Whitewater | Bellevue University | Concordia University | Franklin University | Lakeland University | Milwaukee School of Engineering | Northland College+

Admissions and Tuition

To apply for a certificate, just fill out an application form either online or at a campus, and Northwood Tech will guide you from there. 

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.

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

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 obtain a Nonprofit Essentials pathway certificate. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain 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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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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