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Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate

Nonprofit Management
Executive Certificate


Honing Your Skills as a Successful Nonprofit Leader

Nonprofit leaders are faced with the responsibility and challenge of furthering the goals and mission of their institution during a time of economic volatility, a competitive philanthropic marketplace, and increased accountability demanded from governing boards, donors, charity rating services and the IRS. This executive certificate programs offers you the critical ability to hone management skills needed to lead your organization to long-term success.

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September 13-14, 2022
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Register by Tuesday, September 6

Key Benefits

Successful nonprofits use long- and short-term planning for optimal use of resources. Nebraska’s Nonprofit Management Institute offers nonprofit leaders the skills to engage in successful planning and build financial resources through fundraising, marketing and communication, financial management, and effective board management.

Why the Center for Executive and Professional Development Program?

UNL faculty/nationally recognized facilitators and guest speakers to share cutting-edge practices that you can immediately implement in your organization


Networking opportunities with other non-profit professionals


Interactive and immersive learning experience


State-of-the-art facilities in the new HLH conveniently located on the UNL campus

Who Should Attend?

Nonprofit executives responsible for fundraising, marketing and communications, human resources and volunteer management, and operations.

Nonprofit leaders (executive directors), board members, and community leaders.

Program Content and Objectives

The overall goal of this program is to assist you in developing a deeper understanding of nonprofit management and to hone your managerial skills in order to lead your organization to accomplish its mission.

The program focuses on the following objectives:

  1. Examine the organizational structure of a nonprofit organization and discuss how crucial it is that all elements of the organization work together in order to accomplish its mission.
    1. What is the legal and functional structure of the organization? What makes it a nonprofit?
    2. What are the roles, responsibilities, and duties of the governing board?
    3. What is the makeup of a successful nonprofit organization’s workforce?
  2. Discuss how nonprofits obtain and manage financial resources.
    1. What types of marketing programs are found in nonprofit organizations?
    2. How important are fundraising activities to nonprofits?
    3. How should we read and analyze financial statements?
  3. Describe a nonprofit organization’s planning process, which involves the following aspects:
    1. Strategic planning for the future
    2. Annual planning and budgets
    3. Planning for sustainability
Program Schedule
Day 1
8:30 - 9 a.m. Program and Participant Introductions
9 - 10:30 a.m. Management and the Nonprofit Organization
Planning |Organizing | Leading | Controlling
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break with Refreshments
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Managing a Nonprofit - The Executive Director
A discussion with executive directors
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 2:30 p.m. The Nonprofit Organization Workforce
Paid staff | Independent Contractors | Volunteers| Consultants
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break with Refreshments
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. The Governing Board
Structure | Roles and responsibilities
Case study in board/management communications
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Applied Learning from the Day's Activities
4:45 - 5 p.m. Wrap-up
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Program Introduction – Day 2
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. Marketing and Communications
Segmentation | Brand | Marketing Mix
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break with Refreshments
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fundraising for the Organization
Annual Fund | Major Gifts | Corporate and Grants | The Role of the Board in Fundraising
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 2:30 p.m. Planning
Strategic Planning | Short-term Planning
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break with Refreshments
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Finance and Accounting
Financial Statements | Financial Planning | Budgets
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Applied Learning from the Day's Activities
4:45 - 5 p.m. Wrap-up

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Program Materials, Accommodations and Fees
  • Materials are included and will be provided at the beginning of the program
  • Registration includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and parking
  • Program fee is $650 per person subject to standard cancellation policy


Center for Executive and Professional Development
HLH 201