Nonprofit Management

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers professional training and development classes and programs focused on nonprofit fundraising, marketing, communications and management through the Institute on Philanthropy (IOP). These courses and programs are separate from our graduate Nonprofit Studies program, but both focus on developing and improving the important work of nonprofit organizations and NGOs in the Richmond region and around the world.

Our professional Nonprofit Management classes and programs cover such topics as fund development, grant writing, leadership development, nonprofit sustainability, nonprofit communications, and planned giving.

Our Nonprofit Management classes and programs seek to extend the values and resources of a liberal arts education into sustainable talent, program and fund development and management.

The selections listed in the tabs below represent a portion of what we have to offer. Additional listings are available and include a wide range of classes.


In the tabs below, classes and programs include a registration link. For specific information on how to register for online classes, review the information in the Online Partner Registration page. Procedures differ slightly by partner, but may all be completed online.

Programming Levels

In our Professional Education & Enrichment areas of study, we seek to provide a selection of coursework and programs that meet different enrichment and workforce levels of study. Each is described below:

  • Career-curious and enrichment: Designed to explore a career or expand an interest
  • Career-level: Designed to build skills or shift to a new career
  • Professional-level: Designed to deepen or widen knowledge and experience
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  • Career-Curious & Enrichment Programs
    Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

    Online: 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. This course offers an introduction to fundraising for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on the fundamental issues. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

    Introduction to Grant Writing

    Online: 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. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

    Introduction to Nonprofit Management

    Online: This course serves as a critical introduction to the fundamentals of nonprofit organizations. You’ll gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues that leaders face in this exciting and growing field. You’ll 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. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

    Principles of Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

    Online: Effective marketing is how nonprofit organizations determine the needs of their clients and their donors. 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. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

    Social Media for Nonprofits

    Online: 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 as vehicles for nonprofits to reach their members, volunteers, and donors. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

  • Career-Level Programs

    Institute on Philanthropy

    IOP Fund Development Institute

    Online: Focus on the “art and science” of fundraising, structured around the work that fundraisers do. The format follows the fundraising cycle and incorporates fundamentals, practical application, discussion of the ways of giving, and more. Instructional team led (start dates vary) through SPCS IOP.

    IOP Grant Writing Institute

    Online: Incorporates the latest trends with theoretical and practical insights in grant writing and management. You’ll have the opportunity to apply what you learn to your own organization’s project and develop your network of people to help you secure funding. Instructional team led (start dates vary) through SPCS IOP.

    IOP Strategic Communications for Nonprofits Institute

    Online: Develop analytical insight and professional skills needed to elevate public awareness about your nonprofit and generate financial support for its mission. Focus on strategies that drive marketing and communication campaigns and determine the deliverables required to engage prospects. Instructional team led (start dates vary) through SPCS IOP.

    Nonprofit Management & Administration

    Budgeting in a Nonprofit Organization

    Online: If you’re involved in a nonprofit organization, you likely know all too well the importance of budgeting. In this course, learn the uses and functions of budgets and the relationship between strategic budgeting and tactical budgeting. You’ll also learn about the organization-wide budget and different budget systems. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

    Certificate in Nonprofit Management

    Online: This online certificate program introduces learners to key current management issues for nonprofit organizations. Fundraising, board and volunteer development, budgeting, reading financial statements, leadership, marketing, and setting strategic direction are all addressed. After completing all the courses, learners will engage in a simulation meant to test the concepts covered in the courseware. Some courses in this certificate award CFRE credits. Self-paced (one year access) through MindEdge.

    Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations

    Online: 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. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

    Starting Your Own Nonprofit Organization

    Online: The course begins by considering a fundamental question: Is starting a nonprofit the best way to achieve your philanthropic goals For those who answer Yes, the course then discusses the key steps in getting a nonprofit off the ground. This course provides a detailed and highly practical introduction to the fast-growing world of nonprofits. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

  • Professional-Level Programs
    Leadership in a Nonprofit Organization

    Online: The success of any nonprofit organization can rely on the quality of its leadership. 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. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

    Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development

    Online: Board members are a special type of volunteer, helping to guide the direction of a nonprofit, to promote the organization in the community, and to ensure that the nonprofits 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. Self-paced (three months access) through MindEdge.

Institute on Philanthropy The Institute on Philanthropy (IOP) educates nonprofit professionals, volunteers, donors and community leaders in ethical and effective fundraising, marketing and board development strategies. Nonprofit Staff & Leadership Training