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Nonprofit Certificate / Individual Classes
The Duke University Nonprofit Management program curriculum offers a structured and rigorous grounding in the establishment, operation, and continuation of a successful nonprofit. Our curriculum reflects a comprehensive evaluation of the needs of the changing nonprofit sector. Managing a nonprofit has developed in new and exciting ways. The Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management provides recipients the skills to navigate this changing environment successfully.
Our nonprofit courses are designed for those working in and with the nonprofit sector -- whether they are staff, directors, program administrators, board members, philanthropists, members of faith-based communities, volunteers, or those interested in employment or volunteering.
Successful completion of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management requires that a student complete 72 hours of instruction, which will be divided among core areas and electives. Students interested in earning the Certificate will be required to take five Core Courses of 6 hours each for a total of 30 hours. An additional 30 hours of Key Electives within the core areas are required. Finally, students may take General Electives, Special Topics in Nonprofit Management, or additional Key Electives to complete their instruction. Online courses are available as General Electives; a maximum of 12 hours of online courses may be applied to the Certificate. Please visit the online course demo site. Individual courses may be taken on a non-certificate basis.
Please see Earning the Certificate for more details.
There are five (5) Core Areas, Key Electives, General Electives, and Special Topics. Students complete five required Core Courses, one Key Elective from each of the five Core Areas, and General Electives, Special Topics or additional Key Electives to complete the 72 hour requirement.
Core Course: Nonprofit – Board Development/Governance (6 hours)
Key Electives (6 hours each)
- Board Governance: Linking Performance and Prestige/Strong Boards for the Long Haul
- Fundamentals – Advocacy
- Fundraising: Coaching the Nonprofit Board to Make the Ask
- Learning Rules of the Meeting Game: Roberts Points of Order
- Nonprofit Organizations: Concepts, Components & Background
Participant must complete 12 course hours in this category (including the core course). Courses address the board’s roles and responsibilities, nonprofit system of governance, board structure, recruiting board members, board operations, insight into how boards evolve, and trends in nonprofit governance.
Core Course: Nonprofit – Financial Management (6 hours)
Key Electives (6 hours each)
- Basic Accounting for Nonprofit Managers
- Cost Allocation for Nonprofits
- Financial Reporting for Nonprofits
- Financial Reporting Analysis: Understanding the Essentials
- Fresh Approaches to Securing Business Support
Participant must complete 12 course hours in this category (including the core course). Courses cover financial management and topics integral to nonprofit fiscal management. Gain an understanding of the broader finance realm of nonprofit organizations.
Core Course: Nonprofit – Fundraising (6 hours)
Key Electives (6 hours each)
- Advanced Grant Writing
- Grant Writing 101
- How To Get Grants to Fund Great Programs
- Telling Great Stories to Advance Your Cause
Participant must complete 12 course hours in this category (including the core course). Courses provide those involved in fundraising an array of skills taught by instructors who coordinate special events, write grants, make personal asks, manage campaigns, and work in developing planned giving initiatives.
Core Course Nonprofit – Human Resource Development (6 hours)
Key Electives (6 hours each)
- Basic Employment Law
- Earning the Public Trust: Guidelines in Standards & Accountability
- Ethical Issues in Nonprofit Management
- Leadership Through Influence: How To Get Commitment
- Turning People into Volunteers & Volunteers into Supporters
Participant must complete 12 course hours in this category (including the core course). Courses address ways to better lead nonprofit staff, how to deal with issues of attracting, recruiting, retaining, motivating, supervising employees, and project planning designed to ensure your nonprofit is compliant with state and federal law.
Core Course Nonprofit – Planning & Evaluation (6 hours)
Key Electives (6 hours each)
- Designing Quantitative & Qualitative Data Collection Instruments for Nonprofit Organizations
- How to Start a Nonprofit
- Performance Measurement for Nonprofit Organizations
- Sustainable Strategic Planning
Participant must complete 12 course hours in this category (including the core course). Courses address several aspects of planning and delivery in nonprofit organizations. The changing internal and external landscape requires ongoing re-evaluation of the organization’s structure, its scale, its personnel, its programs, etc.
In addition to successfully completing the core requirements, students will need to complete an additional 12 hours of study, which may be accomplished through General Electives, Special Topics in Nonprofit Management, or additional Key Electives.
Grant Writing 101If you are a beginning grant writer, this course will provide you with the essential tools needed to write a successful grant proposal from start to finish. For those more experienced, this workshop will sharpen your skills and keep...
Jul 14, 2016
|9:00AM - 4:00PM||Nonprofit Mgmt: Durham / Triangle||$125.00||Available|
Budgeting for Nonprofit Organizations (online course)This course covers budgets and how they are used in non- profit organizational settings. You will gain an understanding of the uses and functions of budget and the relationship between strategic budgeting and tactical budgeting. You...
Jan 4, 2016 to Jun 24, 2016
How to Read a Nonprofit Financial Statement (online course)This course will develop your ability to appropriately interpret the major financial accounting statements that are used by non-profit organizations. Ideally, you will gain an understanding of the types of financial statements that...
Jan 4, 2016 to Jun 24, 2016
Introduction to Nonprofit Management (online course)This course covers management best practices for leading a nonprofit organization. You will gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues that leaders face in this exciting and growing field. You will also be exposed...
Jan 4, 2016 to Jun 24, 2016
Principles of Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations (online course)When we think of marketing, we typically think of the activities that a for-profit company engages in. However, marketing is an important function for non-profit organizations as well. Marketing is the way that non-profits determine...
Jan 4, 2016 to Jun 24, 2016
There are no courses open for enrollment at this time.
Earning the Certificate
The Nonprofit Management Program is open to anyone employed by or volunteering with nonprofits, religious organizations, schools, service organizations, foundations, or government agencies. The program is also open to anyone interested in learning more about the nonprofit sector. Free Information Sessions are offered during the year at various sites across the state. Completion of an Information Session is not required to enroll in the Certificate Program; however, it is recommended.
The 72-hour program is designed to take a student two years to finish from the date of enrollment to completion. The newly revised curriculum consists of five (5) Core Areas and requires the successful completion of both the Core Course and a Key Elective in each Core Area, which equals 60 hours. Students may choose from General Electives, Special Topics, Online Courses or additional Key Electives to complete the remaining 12 hour requirement.
|Nonprofit – Board Development / Governance||
|Nonprofit – Financial Management||
|Nonprofit – Fundraising||
|Nonprofit – Human Resource Development||
|Nonprofit – Planning & Evaluation||
|General Electives / Special Topics / Additional Key Electives||
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED
*Includes the 6-hour core course and one 6-hour key elective from each core area
Tracking Progress Toward Completion of the Certificate Program
Students enrolled in the 72 hour certificate program are responsible for monitoring their progress and for submitting a screenshot of their course history upon completion. The list of completed courses can be found by logging into the Duke Continuing Studies Student Portal.
Use the "My Certificates" link in the left menu to view and download details about your progress. You can also see your curricular history by clicking on “My Enrollment History” in the left menu. Please check this information and prepare a screenshot before contacting our office regarding your certificate status.
Schedule & Registration
Registration is now open for Summer 2016.
- Register online using a credit card with our secure, real-time registration system. Please click on the green Register button for a list of courses and links to the registration system.
- Register by mail with a check and our printed registration form. Record the Course ID number, title, and enrollment fee for all of the courses you would like to take.
- Register by phone at 919-684-6259 or toll- free at 1-866-edu-duke during our business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm EST).
Advance registration is required. Since many courses fill early, we recommend registering at least two weeks before the course begins.
The Duke Nonprofit Management Program holds Information Sessions throughout the state and via teleconference to help you learn about the Program. Join us at a free Information Session and hear from participants, instructors, and Program staff on how to get the most from your training. We will discuss registration, networking in courses, earning the Certificate, and more! Free Information Sessions are available; however, it is not required that you attend one before enrolling in the program.
Information Sessions are listed in location order below.
REGISTER ONLINE for a free session or contact the Site Coordinator, as specified in the listing.
Teleconference Information Session
|Wednesday, June 1, 2016||12:00 - 1:00 pm||(Course ID: 0199-104)|
|Wednesday, July 13, 2016||4:00 - 5:00 pm||(Course ID: 0199-105)|
Register to receive call-in information
Durham - Duke University
Edwin W. Monroe AHEC Conference Center, Main Dining Room, 2000 Venture Tower Drive
Coordinator: Daniel Mallison III, email@example.com
United Way Building, 50 S. French Broad Ave, Room 1
Coordinator: Debbie Haeger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions & Accommodations
Durham / Triangle
|Durham||TROSA, 1820 James ST, Durham NC 27707|
|Greenville||Edwin W. Monroe AHEC Conference Center
2000 Venture Tower Dr, 27834
From Hwy 11 S: Take Hwy 11 SOUTH into Greenville, which turns into Memorial Drive. Turn RIGHT at the Stantonsburg Road & Memorial Drive Intersection. Then take the next immediate RIGHT at Sennie Drive, located directly behind the Burger King. This road brings you directly in front of the Monroe AHEC Conference Center, a one-story white building. From Hwy 11 N: Take Hwy 11 NORTH into Greenville, which turns into Memorial Drive. Proceed straight until you reach the intersection of Memorial Drive and Stantonsburg Road, and then turn LEFT on Stantonsburg Road. Make an immediate RIGHT at any of the next 3 access roads. From Hwy 264: Take US Hwy 264 EAST to Greenville. When you reach the overpass going towards Washington, stay STRAIGHT into Greenville (Hwy 264 turns into Stantonsburg Road). Continue on Stantonsburg Road until you see the hospital on your left, passing Moye Blvd. Take any of the 3 access roads to your LEFT. Parking is in the Monroe AHEC Conference Center parking area, in front of the building (overflow area to the right of the building).
Asheville / Western NC
AB Tech Community College, Enka Campus
Goodwill Career Center
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
Haywood Community College, Student Center
Isothermal Community College, Polk County Campus
Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock Campus, Continuing Education Building
Mayland Community College, Sam L. Phillips Center for Business & Technology
Tuition & Funding Sources
Our Nonprofit Management Programs (Intensive Track and Executive Certificate* in Nonprofit Leadership) are non-credit (not degree applicable); therefore, they are NOT eligible for federal loans. DO NOT SUBMIT FAFSA FORMS for these programs. Please see individual program web pages for those details. You may qualify for other loan options. Please see info below.
*Students must apply & be accepted into the Executive Certificate Program before registering.
No loans (Wells Fargo Graduate loan, Sallie Mae Smart Option Undergraduate loan, etc.) can be construed to imply any degree-seeking status for students of Duke Continuing studies. Duke Continuing Studies courses are non-credit.
Your local bank may offer other options for loans or a "line of credit" service. Contact your bank for more information on financing choices.
Other Funding Sources
The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time. Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.
Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan
To apply for this private student loan, visit Sallie Mae’s website, select the Undergraduate Student Loan and then click Apply Now. The following application should populate with the pertinent information for Duke Continuing Studies.
Financial assistance is available in particular regions. We appreciate the continued support of local community foundations for making these scholarship opportunities available.
For Residents of Western North Carolina
Western NC Nonprofit Pathways
WNC Nonprofit Pathways values the important role the Duke Nonprofit Management Program plays in increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations in the area. For residents of Western North Carolina, WNC Nonprofit Pathways offers fee assistance for courses offered in the Western NC region.
- To qualify, the recipient must be a staff or board member, or a volunteer with a nonprofit organization located in and serving at least 1 of the 18 western NC counties.
- Limit 1 scholarship per person each term. Each class offered has a maximum of 5 scholarships available.
- To access the scholarship, complete and submit a Scholarship Request form or contact WNC Nonprofit Pathways at 828-242-9028.
Polk County Community Foundation
The Polk County Community Foundation serves nonprofit organizations in Polk County, North Carolina and Landrum, South Carolina. Please contact them at 828-859-5314 for information about Capacity Building Grants, including a streamlined process for receiving tuition assistance grants for Duke Nonprofit Management courses.
For Residents of Eastern North Carolina
Vidant Health Care
Through a nonprofit sector capacity building initiative, sponsored in collaboration with Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Duke University, nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to receive accessible and affordable opportunities for training and professional development. Classes and workshops will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the nonprofit sector in the eastern region.
- The purpose of the Capacity Building Program is to enhance the long-term viability and capability of nonprofit organizations throughout the region by providing opportunities for coordinated training, technical assistance, leverage of local resources, and grant support.
- The expected outcome of this new initiative is to strategically build infrastructure and organizational capacity of participating nonprofits throughout the 29 county service area of Vidant Health Care.
- These efforts help ensure that future program growth is sustainable, cost effective, and, as a result, enhances the quality of life for the people and communities we collectively serve, touch, and support.
For more information, please contact Capacity Building Program Coordinator, Daniel Mallison III, at 252-847-2036 office, 252-402-6169 cell or email@example.com.
Policies & Procedures
To receive a refund, minus a processing fee for each course cancelled, or to switch to a different course, we must receive your written cancellation / transfer request at least two weeks before the course begins for the daily classes.
Processing fees for transfer or cancellation are $20 for each individual course.
To submit a cancellation request:
FAX: 919-681-8235, Attn: Registration Nonprofit Classes
Mail: Registration – Nonprofit Management, Duke Continuing Studies, Box 90700, Durham NC 27708-0700.
Please include your name, address, phone number, and program title (Intensive Track). Refunds will be made in the manner you paid. Failure to attend the Intensive Track does not entitle you to a refund or replacement class.
If a check is returned for insufficient funds, we will charge a returned check fee of $35. Checks will not be resubmitted. The replacement payment must include the additional $35 and be in the form of cash, money order, or credit card.
Course is Filled / Waiting List
If a course is already filled, a waiting list is usually available instead. If you are interested in placing your name on the waiting list, follow the checkout instructions to do so. If a space becomes available, a registration staff member will call you and ask if you are still interested. If you are interested, registration staff can take your payment information over the phone and complete your registration at that time.
If We Cancel a Course
Sometimes we have to cancel a course that does not meet minimum enrollment, or due to unforeseen events. If that happens, you will receive a full refund. Duke Continuing Studies reserves the right to substitute instructors or change the day a course meets.
Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline: Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, states “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”
Refunds for Online Courses
There are no refunds or cancellations for online courses.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Duke Nonprofit Management Program?
2. What is the mission of the Duke Nonprofit Management Program?
3. What are the benefits of the Duke Nonprofit Management Program?
4. What is the content of the Duke Nonprofit Management Program?
5. Who are the instructors?
6. Who are the students?
7. How much do courses cost?
8. May I take Nonprofit Management courses if I don’t intend to earn a certificate?
9. When are Information Sessions offered?
10. Where are courses offered?
11. When are courses held?
12. Are my costs tax deductible?
15. Is there a recommended order for taking courses?
16. How many online courses can be applied toward the certificate?
17. When I register for an online course, what happens next?
18. What is a networking lunch?
19. What is a working lunch?
20. Is there pre-assigned work or homework?
21. How do I earn the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management?
22. What is the difference between the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management, the Duke Intensive Track and the Executive Certificate?
23. How do I earn the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership?
24. How do I obtain my certificate when I complete the curriculum requirements?
A unit of Duke University Continuing Studies and Summer Session, the program addresses the sustainability and impact of nonprofit organizations, workers, and volunteers. The program provides affordable, practical, and accessible training to those working in and with the nonprofit sector—whether they are paid staff, directors, board members, philanthropists, volunteers, or members of faith-based communities. The Nonprofit Management Program offers:
- Certificate in Nonprofit Management - 12 classes of 6 hours for a total of 72 hours instruction
- Nonprofit Management Intensive Track
- Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
- Online Courses
To strengthen the capacities of people, organizations, and networks within the nonprofit sector.
This program builds on the unique combination of the following:
- great content, that is both current and relevant
- broad-based curriculum covering a wide spectrum of the nonprofit sector;
- excellent instructors with practical nonprofit experience and varied teaching experience
- networking built on the in-class experience and co-learning with your fellow students
- plus the Duke University commitment to excellence
Earning the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management requires that a student attend 72 hours of instruction, divided among core areas and electives. This includes:
- 5 Core Courses of 6 hours each, for a total of 30 hours
- 5 Key Electives – 1 from each Core Area, for a total of 30 hours
- 12 hours of general elective, online courses, special topics or additional Key Electives
- See a list of courses
The instructors are established practitioners and scholars from a variety of disciplines within the nonprofit sector. Several hold the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management or the Duke Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.
Students in the Duke Nonprofit Management program come from a wide range of backgrounds. There are persons currently employed in nonprofit positions, executives from outside the nonprofit sector who want to transition into nonprofits, persons starting a nonprofit, board members, donors, retirees from all work sectors and persons who volunteer for an organization. There are persons from social service nonprofits, membership associations, trade associations and churches.
Class sizes range from six to twenty students.
Individual, one-day, 6-hour classes cost $120 plus parking and a materials fee of $5 -$10.
Yes. Individual courses may be taken. All classes are open to the public at the standard course fee. Students can take one course that meets their needs and decide later to complete the certificate. All classes count toward the certificate as long as the curriculum is followed (5 core classes, 5 key electives, plus 12 hours).
Free Information Sessions are offered at Nonprofit Management sites. See the Information Sessions section on this page for a list of sites and schedules.
Classes are held in several sites across the state and region. Students may take classes at any location. All classes from any location count toward the certificate.
- The main site is the Duke campus at Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27708
- There are several other Nonprofit Management sites.
- Greenville NC
- Western NC/ Asheville
- Elon University
- Danville/ Martinsville VA
Customized training is available upon request. We can provide individual courses or courses toward a certificate for your nonprofit, association, professional organization or other groups. Please call 919-668-6742 and let us know if you are interested in a customized program.
Typically, classes are 6 hours, with either a one hour lunch break or a “working lunch." Most courses on Duke’s campus in Durham take place from 9am - 4pm, but there are variations, so check the actual class for the most accurate schedule.
Costs may be tax deductible. See your accountant.
Enrollment is open to all; no application is required. Students are invited to attend an info session which provides an overview to the program. While not required, the info session helps students develop a strategy to take advantage of the program. See a list of courses.
- Register online
- Register by phone: 919-684-6259
- Attend a free Information Session
Courses fill quickly. You should register early to get into the course of your choice. Enrollment for individual classes closes one working day prior to the class. Walk-ins are not allowed. The Intensive Track Program often fills within a week of opening.
Students can take courses in any order. All students need the 5 core courses, the 5 key electives plus 12 more hours. Often students find it useful to take one or more of the Core courses first in order to establish a framework, and then select the Key Electives.
Students may apply a total of 12 hours toward the 72 hours required to earn the Certificate. See a list of online courses.
Within five business days after we receive your registration request for an online course, you will receive an e-mail with details, including your username and password.
Students receive a one-hour for lunch. Often groups of students eat lunch together.
The instructor will continue to teach during the lunch hour. There is no break at lunch, so students are asked to bring a bag lunch.
Occasionally, instructors will send an article or quick assessment to students to complete and bring with them to class.
Students can earn the certificate in 2 different ways:
Open enrollment classes - Students must complete 72 hours of course work divided among the following options in the curriculum: 5 Core Courses; 5 Key Electives; and 12 hours from above or from General Electives, Special Topics in Nonprofit Management, and Online Courses.
Intensive Track - Students must complete 8 full days of the classroom experience, plus 24 hours of pre-assigned work. This pre-assigned work is sent to students approximately 30 days prior to the class.
Open enrollment courses can count towards the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management - Students need to take 72 hours of courses, with 5 core classes, 5 key electives plus 12 hours. Courses are offered during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. Students select their courses and dates according to the listed schedule. This program appeals to students who want to choose their electives, who want to space out the classes over a semester or several semesters, and who are in a transitional phase of their life and can take many courses in one month.
Intensive Track - This program consists of 8 full days (Monday through Monday), with a class capacity of 32 students. Students are sent pre-assigned work approximately 30 days in advance. This class offering appeals to students who can commit to 8 straight days of class. In order to earn the certificate on the last day, students must have attended 100% of the classes, missing no time. Often the Intensive track fills within a few days to a week of registration opening. Prospective students should pay close attention to the registration date. The class contains students from local areas, other states and other countries.
Executive Certificate - The Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership offers high-impact training for seasoned nonprofit professionals whose leadership transforms organizations, communities, and lives. Prospective students must apply and be accepted before registering for the Program. See the application. The Executive Certificate is open to those who hold the Certificate in Nonprofit. Management and have at least 3 years of senior management experience. It is also open to persons not holding the Certificate in Nonprofit Management but who have at least five years of senior management experience.
23. How do I earn the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership?
Before registering for the Executive Certificate, prospective students must apply and be accepted.
- The Executive Certificate is open to those who hold the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management and have at least three years of senior management experience.
- It is also open to those not holding the Certificate but who have at least five years of senior management experience.
- See the application.
- Students registered since 2009 have an online profile in our registration database. When you complete 72 hours towards the certificate, you can check your online profile to confirm your enrollments and course completions. Go to the Continuing Studies home page and then click on Student Log-in to access your account or call Registration at 919-684-6259.
- When you have logged into the Student Portal, click on the “My Certificates” link in the left menu to view details about your progress. You can also see your curricular history by clicking on “My Enrollment History” in the left menu. Please take a screenshot of your enrollment progress before requesting the certificate.
- Request your Certificate by contacting us in any of the following ways:
- By Mail: Nonprofit Management Program, Attn: Program Assistant, Box 90708, Durham, NC 27708-0007
- By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enter in the subject line: Certificate Completion Request- LAST NAME
- If you’ve taken classes under more than one name, please include all names that may be in our database.
- Please include your email or phone number so that we can contact you if there are any questions.
- Certificates are processed several times a year, specifically at the end of each term. It could take 2-3 months from when your request is received for you to receive your certificate.
- Your Certificate will be mailed to the address you provide or that in your online student profile.
- Additional transcripts: $10 each from the Registration Office at 919-684-6259.