The University of Texas at Austin Launches New Online Nonprofit Management Certificate Program

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Program offers training in key management areas for nonprofit organizations.

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“I am so proud to offer this training program to help nonprofit leaders and organizations meet their full potential." - Liliya Spinazzola, manager of the Professional Development Center at The University of Texas at Austin

The Professional Development Center (PDC), a component of Continuing and Innovative Education (CIE) at The University of Texas at Austin, is proud to unveil the new Online Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, its first online certificate training program for both nonprofit professionals interested in learning the latest best practices and for those who want to learn more about how nonprofit organizations operate. In this program, students work through an eight-course schedule covering nonprofit management strategy and planning, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, leadership and volunteer development. Each course includes lectures, readings, interactive discussions, assignments and other hands-on exercises – all delivered completely online.

“I am so proud to offer this training program to help nonprofit leaders and organizations meet their full potential. Nonprofit organizations often address our society’s greatest needs, and this program may help these managers grow their organizations and meet their goals,” said Liliya Spinazzola, Manager of the Professional Development Center. “The Nonprofit Management Certificate Program approaches nonprofit leadership issues with a highly practical approach, so participants may gain greater insights into how to apply what they learn in their own organizations. The program’s online format also offers greater scheduling flexibility for these participants. They can login anytime, from anywhere to take these courses.”

In addition to gaining a comprehensive knowledge of practical techniques, individuals are required to participate in a case study entitled “Leading the Courtney Museum Simulation.” In this case study, students take on the role of executive director at the fictional (and troubled) Courtney Museum. In this case study, students face a series of personnel, marketing, financial and board/community relations issues that are frequently confronted by nonprofit managers in their daily work life. As students make tough management decisions, an adaptive scoreboard reflects the impact of the students’ choices on the museum’s prospects. Video commentary from seasoned nonprofit professionals will guide and advise students through the exercise.

Enrollment is now open for this program. Get more information or register online at http://www.utexas.edu/ce/pdc/certificate/nonprofit-profession/.

About the Professional Development Center:
The Professional Development Center (PDC), a component of Continuing and Innovative Education at The University of Texas at Austin, offers a wide range of programs and courses designed to help individuals and organizations around Texas and around the world improve personal, professional and organizational performance. To meet this goal, PDC offers high quality non-credit courses, professional certificate programs, consulting, coaching, and facilitation services, both online and on the university campus. http://www.utexas.edu/ce/pdc/

About Continuing and Innovative Education:
Continuing and Innovative Education (CIE) has a 100-year history of extending the resources of the university to anyone with a desire to learn. CIE provides a wide range of credit and noncredit courses, services and programs that encompass K-16 academics, online college and professional development courses, professional certificate programs and personal enrichment opportunities. CIE is made up of the K-16 Education Center, Petroleum Extension Service, Professional Development Center, Thompson Conference Center, University of Texas-University Charter School and University Extension. http://www.utexas.edu/cie/stories/.

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