Certificate Suite Details
- Badge and credit-awarding
- Real-world case studies
- Fully accessible
- Games & Flashcards
- Video content
"Great use of multiple sources of interaction to keep it interesting and engaging."
"Excellent course. Loved the interactivity!"
"This was a wonderful learning experience, and it has really given me great insight on the non-profit budgeting process. I been working for a non-profit for over 5 years, and I am starting to move up in management. I know that budgeting management is going to propel me to the next stage of management, and I feel the content and exercises in this course have given me a great knowledge base. I feel more confident moving forward and am optimistic about my future career path."
"This was a great course that provided an in-depth look into budgeting. Even with my past experience with budgets, this is the first instance of receiving knowledge on the pre, during, and post items related to budgeting."
"Thank you for this course. I learned a lot about nonproft budgeting and plan to use my knowledge within my work enviroment."
"Easy to understand examples, and lots of practical exercises to help facilitate understanding of concepts."
"This course was perfectly designed. The information was presented in a way that supports retention."
"The course content was substantive and presented in a way to reinforce the retention of all the rich information."
"Though I have worked with nonprofit budgets for several years, I knew that there were many gaps in my knowledge and understanding that could be filled. This class solidified many already-known concepts, provided clarity in others, and gave me new strategies to implement."
"I never thought that it would be fun learning about budgets!"
"This module is super user friendly and is packed with useful information. The amount of information isn't overwhelming, and the way it's structured and organized is great for note taking."
"Super helpful and has showed me more of what I need more experience in!"
"Thus far this has been the best course. I find that nonprofits have been doing business as usual and not knowing other ways that could actually help them grow."
Mary Sue R.Feedback:
"This course had a lot of information and challenged my current knowledge of budgets. Even if you work in finance, there is valuable information explained several different ways."
"I feel like I learned a lot of complex information in a short amount of time!"
"Great course, very informative."
"I learned a lot. Very easy to take class and understand material."
""Thank you for preparing this comprehensive training package. It is very helpful for the beginner and great refresher for full team. ""
"This is by far the most rigorous and challenging content to learn and comprehend. I learned so much in this segment and look forward to applying it in my organization."
"This course was extremely valuable. It is absolutely essential that a manager for a nonprofit organization does not just rely upon the financial officers. The manager should have a clear understanding of reading the financial statements. The manager/director should be able to communicate this information to the board as well as teach them how to read them. I completed three levels of accounting in college; however, accounting from a nonprofit organizational viewpoint has been helpful."
"This course was easy to understand, and the information provided was easy to apply for someone who is not financially savvy or an accounting pro."
The course was great and very practical especially
"The course was great and very practical, especially for someone like me who is a novice to the financial side of non-profit work."
"I haven't had a lot of exposure to this material before, and the course made complicated concepts digestible and interesting."
"This was/is one of the more difficult areas in nonprofit management for me. This course simplified some areas and made it easier for me to understand."
"Money well spent."
"This is an excellent course for people who are new to non-profit organization leadership. I highly recommend it. Thank you so much."
"As good as it can get as far as learning leadership by oneself in an online environment."
"The case studies were a very helpful way to apply the material to real-life situations."
"This is one of my favorite modules - Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development. This is truly an important element to the success of nonprofits."
"I found this very helpful in broadening my understanding of board-volunteer interactions and board development!"
"With the potential future opportunity of pursuing an Executive Director role, I feel like I have a great foundation of understanding of the role of Boards and Volunteers within nonprofits because of this course."
"Good insights on board development. I inherited a board culture that was ok but needed to improve in order to grow as a nonprofit. This has given me a number of tools and ideas to accomplish that. Thank you!"
"This was an incredibly informative class given in a very precise and compact presentation. Thank you!"
"Great course for someone looking for the basics. Easy to understand and follow."
"This course was easy to navigate through and contained pertinent information. I enjoyed the mix of text and video and appreciated the downloads/links that can be printed and saved."
"Great course. Good content and quite comprehensive. Very good value."
"This course definitely enhanced my understanding of non-profit marketing."
"I was richly blessed by the expositions and knowledge I garnered from the course content. I am willing to apply it to my nonprofit situation for a turnaround story in the near future."
"Thanks for the effort put into this. The real-world examples presented in a simple form are very helpful."
Lisa Diane A.Feedback:
"This course is a standout in terms of scaffolding. It's full of actionable tips and real-world context that any non-profit leader or worker can benefit from."
"Thank you so much for offering this course. The information was clearly organized, and I appreciated the incorporation of video and case studies. The comprehension checks throughout were also helpful."
"The Principles of Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations was the perfect introductory content to provide the marketing strategy information, tools, and resources I was seeking. My organization is currently planning to build and develop a marketing plan but really didn't have anywhere to begin other than reaching out to firms. This course's content will help us understand the reasoning behind the strategy we develop and be able to work more productively with the marketing firm we decide to go with. What I learned here will come in handy far beyond our current work on marketing. Thank you!"
"Very clear and consise. This section of the course was well developed and easy to follow. Very helpful to help me reach my goal."
"This course had a lot of great content, it was easy to follow, and it really sets you up to guide your organization through the strategic planning process."
Joey Cecilia D.Feedback:
"This topic was very useful because it really gave me direction on how to make our mission statement produce results."
"This course was very helpful for learning the general and specific strategies to develop a non-profit strategic plan."
"I benefited from this course because it helped me to draw up my nonprofit mission, vision and value statements. It also exposed me to common mistakes of being driven away from one's mission/goal and how to avoid them by putting strategic and tactical planning goals in place. The course is very resourceful"
"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and the knowledge that I have gained."
"Thank you for such an informative and beneficial course! I intend to recommend this course to others and take the information I've learned to inform my own organization's capital campaign."
"I took this course as a professional development opportunity to help me better support my nonprofit as we prepare to launch an upcoming capital campaign. I now feel that I have a better grasp of these topics and how to be successful in planning and managing a capital campaign. Thank you!"
"This was a very easy to understand, straightforward explanation of capital campaigns. This course made it so much less intimidating."
"I appreciated the easy to implement advice as far as strategies and troubleshooting. It was very practical advice that I can immediately use!"
"I found this course very informative. As I work with a non-profit in my area, I wanted to gain a better understanding of the grant writing process, and I have done so."
"The program was extremely easy to navigate and it was very much in depth, walking me through all processes of how to write a grant. I feel more confident when bidding on grants and having grant proposals for my agency."
""I learned so much about Grant Writing processes and practices and will be able to more effectively help my organization when requesting grant funding. ""
"It was very nice to have the videos with real-life grant writers explaining how each step is used in their day-to-day lives as a grant writer. Also, doing all of the learning in module one and getting an understanding and then applying to real non-profits was super helpful!"
S. Claudia C.Feedback:
"I have long had an interest in grant writing. This was an excellent way to become familiar with the process. As with many things, it is more involved than I anticipated. I look forward to writing a grant with some of the organizations I am a part of, and I feel I am now better prepared for this endeavor."
"This was a great training experience. The format is user-friendly and accessible. I am even more interested in additional trainings through this platform."
"The Introducing to Grant Writing class is full of really good tips. It was a fun class to take, and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn how to write grants. It builds a solid foundation as it works through the grant writing steps along the way. The activities are fun and the case studies are interesting. Although they are made-up scenarios, they deal with pertinent real-world issues."
"I thought I had a good base of knowledge for grant writing, but I learned a lot more from this course."
"I really enjoyed this course and found the Grant Writing Case Studies especially valuable in applying the different stages of grant writing. The sample nonprofit organizations and individual cases were very compelling and definitely pulled me into the actual mentality of developing and writing a grant application."
"Liked the modules and the variety of workbook exercises mixed with multiple choice. Liked the examples of answers to compare. Glad the system saves where you left off if you get interrupted during your program. Happy to take another course."
Carolina K S.Feedback:
"Good case scenarios that really get you thinking, plus a written response from the course to show if you're on the right track, or things to consider."
"Grant writing can be a complex process, and the way the modules and sections were ordered and presented, it helped not only in my learning the material, but also solidified my retention of the material."
"The course was very thorough and clearly presented. It was nice to have some ways to review the material, like the flashcards and question/answer game. It was also helpful to have a couple of questions at the end of each section to help in reviewing the material. The case studies at the end were wonderful - they provided some real-life, interactive practice in grant proposal writing and things that go hand in hand with grant proposal writing."
"I really liked the six-stage approach. It was clear and practical, and I think it would help me apply for a grant in real life."
"I enjoyed this course, and actually recognized some of the case organizations/grants from my experience in public health. I also found the practice of drafting emails and building relationships with funders very tangible and relevant."
"I have truly enjoyed the Grant Writing course. The course information was informative and provided me with a better understanding as to how grants actually work."
"This course was very helpful & detailed. It has allowed me to learn more and grow in my nonprofit organization."
"I felt the information was very well presented and easy to comprehend. I liked the way it was presented in sections and with very good examples. I have taken other courses not nearly as informative as this course was."
"Excellent course. I've learned a lot and can't wait to apply for our first grant with the help of this content. I especially liked the Case Studies, which allowed me to apply what I've learned."
"I really enjoyed this online class. The flexibility was nice. And I also enjoyed the real-time practice of writing each section of a grant application. I also liked how real-life examples from people were brought into the course. Lastly, I learned more than the basics of learning a grant. We touched on building relationships with funders and navigating those relationships."
"I have worked for a nonprofit organization as a direct services staff for early childhood education for the past 15 years. While I am confident in my abilities to provide high quality direct services to the ECE field, this course has opened my eyes to the functions and responsibilities of a nonprofit organization. I am now becoming aware of the inner workings of nonprofit management and functions. I highly recommend this course to ANYONE working for a non profit organization regardless of your position! Thank You."
"Real writing samples for real case studies was immensely helpful. Specifically, showcasing the difference between an Abstract and a Statement of Need was very helpful."
"Great hands-on experience to practice! I enjoyed reflecting on my answers and the suggested responses. I believe this will make my future grant writing stronger."
"This course has been wonderful and has brought an awareness to me of how many grants are available and how few organizations take advantage of the resources that are available to them."
"This has been very helpful information. I am not a grant writer, but I now understand the basic structure of a grant and the process of applying for grants."
"This was an excellent course. I enjoyed the videos, knowledge checks along the way, and scenarios. I really appreciate having the feedback and responses from the case studies."
"The content was easy to absorb and presented in an interesting manner. The case studies provided useful opportunities to apply the concepts studied."
"As someone who is starting with a very foundational level of understanding the nonprofit sector, this course served as a great learning tool for me and introduced new and familiar concepts. I enjoyed the video commentary segments that took the course material and put them into a real-life context. The case studies were also a very helpful personal assessment tool to see how much of the material was mastered and what concepts still needed to be reviewed. Looking forward to taking the other courses in this certificate series!"
"Choosing MindEdge was the right decision for my professional development as a fundraiser. Thank you!"
"This course covers a lot of ground. It helped me to label some activities I have been working with for years. Very valuable."
"I went into this course knowing little to nothing about how non-profit organizations work. This really helped me understand the bigger picture. The additional video content was also helpful!"
"The course was easy to follow and very informative."
"As a founder of a nonprofit, having all the basic information of nonprofit management in one course has helped tremendously to organize my own thoughts and needed next steps for leading the nonprofit effectively, and minimize risk."
"I really enjoyed taking the course!"
Sh Kur F.Feedback:
"This was absolutely amazing with its detailed information! I have learned so, so much!"
"I chose to take this course as a roadmap for the other courses in the nonprofit management certificate program. I am more than pleased. Having worked with and for nonprofits for many years, this course has put the pieces together concisely, building upon existing knowledge and filling in gaps where needed. I am excited to continue with the rest of the courses!"
"Wonderfully done, very helpful, easy to complete, and lots of good, relevant information!"
"I was very pleased with the presentation and information provided. Money well spent!"
"I found in this course all the information needed to start my NPO. I look forward to the future of my organization with the knowledge I've gained. Thank you."
"This introductory course increased my appetite for more. I have been invvolved with NPOs for over twenty years. This course gave me answers to questions I carried from past experiences, of what went wrong. I look forward to the other modules. Most importantly, I look forward to teaching and implementing these principes into our organization. I received just what I needed."
"A lot of great, helpful, and insightful information. Thank you!"
"My organization is 35 years old, and the concepts in this course can help me educate and refresh our board members so we can be as efficient and ethical as possible."
"Very user-friendly, easy to follow, and covers lots of good information."
"Very user-friendly, easy to follow, and covers lots of good information."
"Learned way more than expected, and I felt the information wasn't difficult to understand."
"I've learned a great deal from this course, and this is only the beginning."
"This course did a great job of helping me see the concepts and principles behind what I'm already experiencing at work at a mid-size nonprofit. It was clear, thorough, and practical, and I'm looking forward to completing other courses in this program."
"I am in the planning stage of creating a small non-profit organization and found the course immensely informative and satisfying."
"I really enjoyed this class. It gave me a great foundation for how NPOs operate and thrive in today's world. Thank you!"
"This course has helped me have a better understanding on how the non-profit world I work in functions."
"This course helped me understand the best practices for utilizing social media for nonprofits, as opposed to a generalized course that only offers information about for-profit social media strategy."
"Terrific course. I learned a lot. I was impressed with how up-to-date the material is, and I commend those who have taken on the responsibility for keeping it so. Thank you!"
Joey Cecilia D.Feedback:
"I have learned a lot, especially how important it is to be on top in using social media. I have to spend time to do it myself so that I can really own the story!"
"Social Media for Nonprofits has cleared up several misunderstandings that I had about social media overall. The material was clear, easy to understand, and extremely useful."
"Great insight into the use of social media for nonprofit organizations."
"I really enjoyed this course. Its was more up to date than I thought it might be, and it was relevant to today's social media world."
Molly Ann W.Feedback:
"EXCELLENT!!! I knew stuff, but this taught me a lot more!!!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed this content. It was truly great work completing this course. I look forward to more MindEdge materials in the near future."
"I really appreciated the fact that the courses integrated multiple learning tools. Whether you are watching a video, reading content, or even playing a game, this course kept the user engaged and learning effectively! Well done! I wouldn't hesitate to take another course by MindEdge."
Jodi Lemmon R.Feedback:
"It was great to learn more about Fundraising. It helped to understand ways to help my organization."
"A terrific course that provides a clear framework and strategies for fundraisers."
"Great course. I learned some key concepts that I was not aware of. A good example is that corporations tend not to fund operations. The course also improved my understanding of certain details regarding how direct mail and telemarketing work."
"This course was extremely helpful, and I feel like I have learned a lot."
"Very insightful material that is definitely applicable to understanding fundraising"
"Wonderful course, great info, easy to use!"
"This Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations course has exposed me to answers to many questions I ask myself as a nonprofit founder on how to do it. Having experienced difficulties with my first nonprofit fundraising, thereby having donors decline to almost zero, now I am fortified with how to do it and do it right, and what to do if things don't go as planned to ignite the donors' spirits and retain them in the long run."
"I enjoyed the information on how I can increase my fundraising capacity."
"Excellent course. Easy to understand with clear descriptions of concepts and terms, short videos explaining concepts more thoroughly, and games/activities/case studies to provide interactive practice."
Courses Included in this Certificate
If you're involved in a nonprofit organization, you likely know all too well the importance of budgeting. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the uses and functions of budgets and the relationship between strategic budgeting and tactical budgeting. You will also learn about the organization-wide budget and different budget systems. After introducing the basics of budgeting in a nonprofit, the course continues on to slightly more advanced budgeting topics such as capital budgets, cash flow budgets, and opportunity budgets. You will also learn how nonprofit organizations are using different budgeting techniques to handle operating challenges.
Understanding what the numbers say about the health of your nonprofit is critical to being able to manage the organization successfully. This course will develop your ability to appropriately interpret the major financial accounting statements that are used by nonprofit organizations. You will gain an understanding of the types of financial statements that are used by nonprofit organizations, and how they differ from for-profit financial reporting. Also, the course demonstrates the power and limitations of accounting information in assessing financial performance and decision-making. You will also learn the uses of financial statement analysis, or ratio analysis for nonprofit organizations.
The success of any nonprofit organization can rely on the quality of its leadership. You know a good leader when you see one, but how can you become one? This course begins by examining leadership theories as well as key qualities and ethics within leadership. After establishing this foundation, the course focuses on leadership in the nonprofit sector, including the leadership shortage and possible solutions.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations. And board members are a special type of volunteer, helping to guide the direction of a nonprofit, promote the organization in the community, and ensure that the nonprofit's mission is fulfilled. Learning how best to manage the board and other volunteers is a critical part of nonprofit management. This course covers the fundamentals of board and volunteer development as well as recruiting, effective communication, and retention.
When we think of marketing, we typically think of the activities that a for-profit company engages in. However, marketing is an important function for nonprofit organizations as well. Effective marketing is how nonprofit organizations determine the needs of their clients and their donors. As in the for-profit world, nonprofit marketing includes advertising, promotion, public relations, and customer relationship management. This course examines how nonprofits use marketing to publicize their mission and to gather contributions of time and money. The course also discusses marketing planning in the nonprofit organization.
We hear a lot about successful for-profit companies and the successful strategies they have developed. Even though nonprofit organizations are not concerned with profit maximization, they too can benefit from following a strategy. A nonprofit's strategy constitutes its decisions about what it will do and how it will do it. Nonprofit managers are critical to successfully implementing strategy since they are responsible for carrying out the actions that will support it. By understanding a nonprofit's strategy and how it helps the organization fulfill its mission, a manager can do a better job implementing the strategy.
A capital campaign raises money that a nonprofit organization uses for any physical asset, such as purchasing or renovating a building. It's a critical part of managing in the nonprofit sector. This introductory-level course covers the key terminology and practices surrounding running a successful capital campaign within a nonprofit organization. You will learn about the phases of conducting a capital campaign (evaluation, feasibility study, organization, solicitation, and post-campaign activities) as well as how to avoid common pitfalls in capital campaigns.
Writing grants is often a critical part of gaining funding for any nonprofit organization's mission. Strategic grant writing aligns the needs of a nonprofit with funding sources, whether foundations, government agencies, corporations, or individuals. This introductory-level course offers a guide to the basics of grant writing. The course explores the relationship between grant writing and an organization's strategy for fundraising. It also outlines the six stages of grant writing and highlights grant writing best practices.
There are many differences between nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations. Before delving into the details of nonprofit management, this course serves as a critical introduction to the fundamentals of nonprofit organizations. You will gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues that leaders face in this exciting and growing field. You will also be exposed to the major areas of responsibility for nonprofit leaders, including strategy, managing employees and volunteers, fundraising, grant writing, board governance, marketing, innovation, and social media.
Effective use of social media as a marketing tool is often essential for nonprofits to get attention in this digital world. This course introduces learners to the use of social media in communicating, marketing, public relations, and fundraising for nonprofits. It explores the major social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest) as vehicles for nonprofits to reach their members, volunteers, and donors.
Fundraising is one of the central activities of a nonprofit organization and nonprofit management. To help finance operating budgets, nonprofits must raise money every year. In addition, special projects and improvements to facilities may be needed. In these situations, fundraisers will often launch large capital campaigns or apply for foundation grants. This course offers an introduction to fundraising for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on the fundamental issues.
This course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.
As anAccredited Provider, MindEdge offers for its learning events that comply with the Continuing Education and Training Standard.
Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receivecredit. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.