Learn foundational knowledge to effectively manage a nonprofit organization.

Designed For
Professionals who are working in the nonprofit sector or are looking to begin their own nonprofit. This certificate is an introduction and overview of the nonprofit world intended to give you an understanding of the intricacies of managing a nonprofit.
Managing Nonprofits
Financial Management and Planning for Nonprofits
Fundraising and Donor Development
Marketing in Nonprofits
Board Management and Governance
Online | Instructor-led
Each course takes 5-6 weeks to complete
Plan for 3-8 hours of work per week
10.0 Units | 100 Hours

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We can customize this program to fit your organization's specific needs.

Nonprofit organizations do critical work in a number of diverse communities. In order to do this important work, there are individuals within the organization managing a number of complex details. When managing a nonprofit, you have to navigate bylaws, tax codes, grant writing, 501(c)(3) status and more. Our Nonprofit Management Certificate is positioned to give you these essentials skills and the foundation you need to effectively manage a nonprofit organization.

Whether you are currently looking to enter the field of nonprofit work, want to move up within your current organization or are dreaming of starting a nonprofit of your own, this course series will give you the knowledge you need to succeed.

Why Pursue a Nonprofit Management Certificate at Oregon State University?

In this online certificate led by experts working in the field, you will learn how to:

  • Build a strategic plan for your organization that centers on our well-defined mission.
  • Develop sustainable financial plans to ensure the longterm success of your organization.
  • Navigate grants, donors and fundraisers to fund your nonprofit and the vital work you do.
  • Craft a compelling narrative to tell your story and present your organization's work to others through effective marketing materials.

In addition to this foundational knowledge, you will build a classroom community with others in your industry and learn from our expert-instructor's firsthand knowledge and experience.

Nonprofit Courses Included in this Certificate

This certificate series includes:


College Partner

This course is a collaboration with OSU College of Business.


  • JeFreda R. Brown, MBA

    JeFreda Brown is the CEO of Goshen Business Group, LLC where she provides a unique suite of specialized services that are customized for an organization's particular needs. With over 20 years of business experience in areas such as accounting, finance, real estate, taxes, federal auditing (DoD), low income housing tax credits, project and compliance management, contract administration, human resources, and teaching, JeFreda is one of America’s Premiere Financial & Business Compliance Coaches. Some of her areas of expertise include tax planning, budget preparation, DCAA audit consulting, Government contract compliance consulting, pricing proposal development, accounting and financial management, financial statement compilations, payroll services, business
    development/management consulting, train the trainer services, business/strategic plans, grant reporting, and 501(c)(3) application preparation. She is a former Senior Auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and Tax Credit Analyst and Staff Accountant with Mississippi Home Corporation’s Housing Tax Credits division. As a Senior Auditor with DCAA, JeFreda audited federal Government contractors who have contracts and grants with the Government. She now provides Government contract consulting and has knowledge of what Government agencies require in contract/grant proposals and contract administration compliance. She also has knowledge of the required FAR, DFARS, CAS, and other federal regulations for Government contracts/grants compliance and maintenance.  

    Before entering the workforce, JeFreda earned her BS degree in Math from Mississippi State University. She also has MBAs with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from Mississippi College and University of Phoenix. She is a former Adjunct Professor with University of Alabama Birmingham’s Collat Business School. She is an Online Adjunct Professor with Indiana Wesleyan University’s DeVoe Business School. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Business Administration with a Finance emphasis.

    JeFreda is a Business Coach, Business Trainer, Author, and Speaker. She is available for workshops, trainings, webinars, conferences, interviews, and private sessions. Goshen Business Group is a small, minority, disadvantaged, woman-owned business registered in Sam.gov.

    In 2010, JeFreda was chosen as the winner of the Black Enterprise Magazine and Porsche Cars’ Intelligent Performers contest out of over 300 entries across the country. JeFreda has been featured in numerous print and online articles for various industry websites, blogs, and magazines including US News, YFS Magazine, DailyWorth, Staples, & Intuit Small Business Blog. She has also been interviewed on Black Enterprise Business Report, Bloomberg Radio and The Ambitious Entrepreneur Show. She’s the Author of the eBook, 12 Reasons You Need an Accountant for Your Small Business, available on Amazon. She is also a featured contributor in the book, I Didn’t Learn That in High School: 199 Facts About Credit Scores, available on Amazon.

  • Sally Sorte

    Sally Sorte

    Sally Sorte, M.A., M.P.A., is the founder of Academy 360, a public charter school 501(c)(3) in Denver, CO. Sally served as Executive Director for six years and has recently transitioned to an Executive Consultant role for the school with a focus on finance and governance. Prior to this experience, Sally worked in education at Teach for America and business at Google. She is currently a guest lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at CU Boulder and Colorado College, a writer for RealClearLife.com and a facilitator for New Politic's Answer the Call leadership program.