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-Level Programs

    Institute on Philanthropy

    IOP Fund Development Institute

    In-Person: 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

    In-Person: 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 Marketing & Communications Institute for Nonprofits

    In-Person: 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.

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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