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Nonprofit Management

Certificate Program

The California State University, East Bay Nonprofit Management Certificate Program prepares existing and aspiring nonprofit professionals to meet the increasingly challenging demands that are and will be placed on them.

This is particularly urgent given that the need for qualified and knowledgeable nonprofit board members, administrators, staff, and volunteers continues to grow. In fact, the average growth rate of employment in the nonprofit sector now is significantly higher than that in the business and government sectors.

Students who enter the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program can look forward to engaging, hands-on sessions that directly apply to their day-to-day work. All are taught by professors and instructors with substantial experience in all aspects of the nonprofit field, from board planning and fundraising to organizational development and financial and personnel management. Classes are conveniently located in our downtown Oakland Center, making them easily accessible via public transportation or car for those who live or work in the San Francisco and East Bay Area.

Program Objectives

  • To provide graduates a thorough grounding in all aspects of nonprofit management, including board development, financial management, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation, and nonprofit law.
  • To give graduates the skills and confidence to meet head-on the evolving demands of nonprofit administration.
  • To give graduates the skills and confidence to better meet their existing day-to-day challenges.
  • To provide San Francisco East Bay Area nonprofits a deeper and stronger pool of administrators, staff, and volunteers.

Who Should Attend

  • Nonprofit administrators, board members, staff, and volunteers, particularly those in the San Francisco East Bay area, seeking to upgrade their skills, stay current with best practices and trends, and improve their organizations' effectiveness.
  • Individuals interested in working in the nonprofit field.

Program Highlights

Type of degree conferred: Certificate
Number of courses: 8 courses plus 3 units elective coursework
Program length: 9-12 months
Tuition costs (estimated): $2,352-$2,671
(Tuition fees are subject to change at any time)
Affiliations: Co-sponsored by the Cal State East Bay Department of Public Administration
Listed on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) for Alameda/Contra Costa County