Higher Education and Certificate Programs

Fairleigh Dickinson University – Center For Excellence Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

  • Certificate in Nonprofit Essentials
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Board Governance
  • Certificate in Executive Philanthropy.

Our unique focus will be supporting “high performing emerging leaders” who are currently either Chief Operating Officers or Assistant Directors seeking to lead their organization in the future as well as those corporate executives seeking to transition to the nonprofit sector.

More information and registration

Rutgers Business School – Institute for Ethical Leadership

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership offers long-term leadership development, peer-to- peer support, individual coaching, day-long conferences and certificate programs for nonprofit leaders and emerging leaders.


Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration –

SPAA offers a variety of innovative, world-class degree programs – Public and Nonprofit Administration (BA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MPA, and PhD – as well as a complement of professional and graduate certificate programs. 


Raritan Valley Community College – Certificate Programs

Non-Profit Certificate Program – The certificate program is a thorough overview of the not-for-profit sector, including organizational structure, board development, and fundraising. A certificate of completion is issued at the successful completion of all three courses.

Certificate in Project Management – In today’s fast paced world, more and more of our work is done through the creation and execution of projects. This is true whether your goal is to deliver a new drug to market, design and develop a new business application, or paint your house. Whether you are currently managing projects or see this as a step in your career plans, this program develops and sharpens your skills. The curriculum presents the nine bod­ies of knowledge in preparation for the PMP examination, combined with material that presents practical real-world experiences.

Register: For more information and to register, click here .

William Paterson University –

Political Science, Legal, and Urban Studies offers a variety of programs that help students build successful careers at the city, county, state, and federal levels, as well as in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.


Seton Hall University – 

Department of Political Science and Public Affairs  

At the graduate level, the department offers a Masters in Public Administration (MPA).  The department also offers a graduate certificate program in Nonprofit Management


For further information, please contact Barkley Calkins, Director, Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute, at (973) 761-9734 or Email: robert.calkins@shu.edu

Seton Hall University – Board Leadership Institute

The Board Leadership Institute (BLI) is designed to enhance the effectiveness of individuals when serving on nonprofit boards. Usually offered in the Spring and Fall.  Information and application forms

For further information, please contact Barkley Calkins, BLI Program Director at (973) 761-9734 or Email:robert.calkins@shu.edu

Columbia Business School Programs in Social Enterprise – Executive Education Open Enrollment Programs

The Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals, consisting of four 1-week modules, is designed to equip senior nonprofit professionals with indispensable strategic management and leadership skills.

The Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals is a 5-day program designed to assist nonprofit managers with developing skills and tools that they can utilize at their organizations for years to come.

To learn more about Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise, please visit www4.gsb.columbia.edu/execed/social-enterprise.

Write to execed@columbia.edu or call 212 854 3395 for more information.

La Salle University – Nonprofit Center

Our four Certificate Programs are designed for nonprofit professionals who want to sharpen their skills and knowledge in a specific content area in a focused and cost-effective way.  Those seeking to move into the nonprofit sector also find Certificate Programs an ideal way to develop new and marketable skills.  Additionally, executive directors and board members who have many varied roles and responsibilities will be able to acquire the diverse knowledge needed to perform to maximum effectiveness. Visit our website to learn more about our Certificate Programs and to download the application form that will get you started in the right direction or put you back on the track.

Certificate in Fundraising – For those who are not full-time fundraising professionals or not formally trained, including those who assist with fundraising efforts, executive directors and board members

Certificate in Nonprofit Management – For new executive directors and those wanting a knowledge update and refresher, senior managers aspiring to nonprofit leadership and forward-thinking organizations who want to develop their bench strength for the future.

Certificate in Marketing & Communications – For those who have responsibility for marketing and communicating about their organization, including executive directors, development & public relations staff and board members For more information about each program please visit The Nonprofit Center.

Customized Build-Your-Own Certificate – For individuals whose responsibilities or interest intersect many aspects of nonprofit operations, we offer the ability to create your own curriculum that best meets your needs.  For information about how to design a certificate, visit The Nonprofit Center.

Brookdale Community College – Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Gain valuable and important skills, knowledge, and a certificate for a rewarding career in nonprofit management. Brookdale’s face-paced nonprofit management certificate program is taught by leading professionals and practitioners.

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to learn, network and exchange ideas about this fast growing career path. In an interactive environment, discover the most productive strategies for meeting challenges specific to nonprofits. Creating a healthy, vibrant organization by utilizing the talents of staff and volunteers is the continual theme of the program.

Explore the dynamics of two major types of nonprofits: charitable and philanthropic 501(c)3 agencies, and trade professional 501(c)6 associations, and their differences and similarities. To acquire a certificate: have your instructor sign an Attendance Verification form after each course. It is your responsibility to collect and keep the signed forms in a safe place. (Lost Attendance Verifications and/or certificates will be replaced for a fee of $25.)

Registration is open now!

Fee: Each course is normally $129

Who should attend: staff, volunteers, board members, executive directors, program directors, committee chairpersons, and those interested in these positions.

Register at Brookdale’s Website or contact mwaclawik@brookdalecc.edu

Mercer County Community College – Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is an integrated series of courses that provides an overview of contemporary trends in nonprofit management. The program is packed with practical techniques necessary for agency survival in the new millennium. Workshops are oriented to the needs of staff, program administrators, executive directors, board members, philanthropists, volunteers, and those interested in employment in nonprofit agencies. For more information click here.