online Graduate Certificate for Nonprofit Management Professionals

American Public University proudly offers its career-relevant Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management for those heeding the call to serve and lead nonprofit endeavors. This graduate-level education is facilitated entirely online and empowers working professionals with the flexibility to complete a quality education while supporting their existing work-life duties. Through this dynamic program, students will examine the important role that nonprofit organizations play in strengthening civilizations around the world along with the legal and moral responsibilities required of nonprofit leaders. 

The curriculum explores the interdisciplinary elements of nonprofit management including fundraising, tax exemption and legal classifications, marketing and brand management, human resource planning, board membership development, donor systems and communications, public relations, general accounting and public relations. In tactical terms, students learn to develop an actionable nonprofit charter. They discover how to effectively engage advocates, measure and optimize performance, utilize social media resources, build lasting partnerships, and how to recruit, inspire and motivate the volunteer base to build future capacity and fulfill the charitable mission.

American Public University consults with industry advisory councils to verify that the curriculum reflects the current best practices and emerging trends that are guiding the future of nonprofit management. Classes are taught online by expert practitioners. Many professors bring venerable experience leading in nonprofit organizations and related business or government firms into the online instruction. Students also connect and interact online with American Public University’s vast network of learners and working adults who are dedicated to bettering mankind through nonprofit service and charitable works.

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