This Course is Designed For

Individuals with diverse identities and lived experience who are interested in furthering their knowledge and skills as nonprofit leaders, aspiring and emerging leaders, mid-level nonprofit managers, and individuals seeking to change careers and enter the nonprofit sector. MWNN is committed to supporting the professional development of next generation leaders and is particularly interested in providing pathways for emerging leaders of color, mid-level nonprofit managers and those who are seeking to change careers and enter the nonprofit sector. Faculty members are practitioners in the field who bring lived experience as well as expertise. Syllabus available upon request.

Your Schedule Will Include

Twelve (12) half-days of interactive online training including instructor led discussion on practical applications, panel discussions, independent work and project group work. The dates for the twelve (12) sessions are September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, and 17, 2021 (all Fridays) from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Classes will be conducted via ZOOM Video Conferencing and a laptop or computer will be required.

The Format

8:30 – 10:00 Lecture and Question/Answer

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 11:30 Panel Discussion or instructor led discussion on practical application

11:30 – 12:30 Project Group Work

Session Topics

Sept 24Nonprofit Fundamentals
Oct 1Building Equitable and Inclusive Organizations
Oct 8Needs Analysis and Business Case Development
Oct 15Strategic Planning/Partnerships and Collaborations
Oct 22The Role of the Executive Director
Oct 29The Role of the Board of Directors
Nov 5Staff: Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining
Nov12Financial Management
Nov19Using Data to Measure Impact
Dec 3Fundraising
Dec 10Communications / Marketing
Dec 17Leading through Change/Capstone Presentations

Full syllabus available upon request

Upon Completion

You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and networking opportunities needed to progress in nonprofit leadership development.  You will be awarded a Certificate in Nonprofit Management for Practitioners through MetroWest Nonprofit Network (MWNN) and Framingham State University (FSU). This course has been approved for three (3) graduate-level credits, which may be purchased, upon successful completion of the program and all assignments, through Framingham State University.   (Office of Continuing Professional Education and Workforce Development.)


Tuition for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management for Practitioners is $1,750.00. Partial or full scholarships may be available for qualified candidates.  The course consists of twelve (12) sessions, forty-five (45) classroom hours.

Our Application

Applications for this certificate course will be accepted until July 1, 2021.  The class will be capped at 25 participants.  Apply early as seating is limited and seats will go fast! Applicants will be notified by August 1, 2021.

Please contact if you have any questions or would like to discuss your interest in the program.

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Please consider supporting the MetroWest Nonprofit Network Certificate Scholarship program.  MWNN is committed to encouraging applications from those whose identities and lived experiences reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Your contribution will make it possible for MWNN to offer full and particle scholarships to candidates who may experience tuition as a barrier to participation. Thank you!