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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). Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online, On Site and Your Choice instruction.

Accommodates your Goals

Not all students are seeking a two-year degree. Nonprofit Leadership offers different options for acquiring a certificate, technical diploma or the associate degree.

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.

Fit My Life Program

Fit My Life programs accommodate your life by providing an option of a part-time, evening and/or weekend core course schedule throughout your entire education, making it easier to work around childcare, work and other responsibilities.


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 Curriculum

Featured Nonprofit Leadership Courses

| 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
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
Getting the right employees in the right job is really an art. Learn the methods of recruitment used to attract employees to your organization. Once recruitment takes place, then selection of the most suitable candidate for an opening takes place. This process is highly governed by state and federal law which must be learned and used as the basis for lawful selection of employees. PREREQUISITE: 10116100 Human Resource Management.

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. 

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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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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

Northwood Tech has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out the application form along with a $30 application fee. After you've successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That's it!

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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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

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 obtain a Nonprofit Leadership associate degree.

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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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