Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Enhance your management skills and explore new techniques to effectively lead your organization.

Are you an Alaska nonprofit or tribal leader? Do you want to enhance your management skills and explore new techniques to effectively lead your organization? The Foraker Certificate in Nonprofit Management features courses developed to apply classroom teachings to your workplace, case studies directly related to issues facing Alaska nonprofits, and a network of fellow professionals to last a lifetime.

The application period for 2019 is closed.  

Why take Certificate?

Intensive: The Certificate program is only four months long. We’ve created a curriculum that will deliver results similar to other longer and more expensive programs.

Practical skills: Instead of relying on textbooks and lectures, we focus on real-life, Alaska-relevant examples and the experiences of your fellow class members to guide your work the next day.

Peer network. The Certificate experience includes a mix of small and large group interactions, which translates into an instant statewide network of nonprofit colleagues who share similar struggles and victories and who will provide resources and referrals for you throughout your career.

Who is Certificate for?

Successful Certificate participants are committed to a career in Alaska’s nonprofit sector.

The courses are designed to immediately apply what you learn in class to your workplace. Those who are currently in leadership roles and who have the ability to influence positive change within the organization will find the program most valuable.

Certificate is for nonprofit professionals across the state – no matter whether you’re leading a large organization or a small one, or if you have been in the field for decades or only a year, this program is designed to meet you where you are in your career.

When and where are classes held?

To attract a statewide set of leaders, all classes are held at the Foraker offices in Anchorage as a central location.

To maximize cohort participation and connection, participants attend classes in person. The cohort meets for five intensive sessions from August to December.

What is the cost for the Certificate program?

Every effort is made to keep costs to a minimum. Limited travel support is available.

The fee is $2,800, or $2,300 for Foraker Partners. Travel and accommodations are not included in the cost of tuition.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due when you are accepted into the program. Full tuition must be paid by the first day of the program. Payment plans are available as needed. Do not submit payment with your application.

Are scholarships available?

A limited number of travel stipends are available. Please indicate your interest on the application.

The Mat-Su Health Foundation offers scholarships each year to Mat-Su nonprofit leaders to attend Certificate. For more information go to www.healthymatsu.org. Other scholarships may be available. Check with your employer and local resources.

When is the next Certificate program?

Certificate runs each year from August through December. The 2019 dates can be found here. If this is outside the application period, specific dates will be announced on this page, in the Foraker newsletter, and on our blog and Facebook page. 

How do I apply?

The applications period for 2019 is now closed. Please check back for 2020 dates and application. 

Space is limited. Our goal is to select a cohort of nonprofit leaders that represents the diversity of nonprofit missions, leadership experience, and geography of the state. This is a competitive process, and we encourage you to engage fully in the application process.

Questions? For more information on the Certificate program, contact us or call 907-743-1200.

2019 Schedule

Day Date Course Faculty
1 Aug 19 Fundamentals of the Nonprofit Sector: Provides an overview of the sector, its origins, tax and legal basis and key trends. Laurie Wolf
2 AM Aug 20 Professional/Personal Development: Explores your personal values and how they relate to successful nonprofit management. Heather Harris
PM Aug 20 Strategic Direction: Provides an overview of nonprofit organizational planning processes. Laurie Wolf
3 Aug 21 Strategic Direction Laurie Wolf
4 Sept 18 Organizational Development: Teaches conflict management and problem solving techniques used by nonprofit staff. Gwen Kennedy
5 Sept 19 Board Development: Covers the best practices of nonprofit boards, board/staff partnerships, effective meetings and recruitment, and overall trends in board development. Laurie Wolf
6 Sept 20 Board Development Laurie Wolf
7 Oct 14 Budget & Finance: Provides participants without formal accounting or finance training with the conceptual framework and tools needed to assure strong fiscal management and leadership in the nonprofit environment. Chellie Skoog/Steve Mahoney
8 Oct 15 Budget & Finance Chellie Skoog/Steve Mahoney
9 AM Oct 16

Business Planning: Provides a framework to assess new programs and operations.

Mike Walsh
9 PM Oct 16 Evaluation: Explores the concepts of reviewing programs and operations in order to inform and improve organizational effectiveness. Mike Walsh
10 Nov 13 Public Policy: Explores how your organization advocates for the issues affecting your mission. Mike Walsh
11 Nov 14 Human Resources: Covers rules and regulations of employee management, employee recruitment, and performance evaluation. Rebecca Savidis
12 Nov 15 Volunteer Engagement: Explores the opportunities and challenges of engaging volunteers and community members in your work. Sue Brogan
13 Dec 10 Marketing & Communication: Covers the fundamentals of marketing for nonprofits based on the 7Cs of successful strategic communication. John Tracy
14 AM Dec 11 Marketing & Communication John Tracy
14 PM Dec 11 Fundraising: Provides a foundation in strategic fundraising including the elements of a fund development plan. Emphasis is placed on creating a sustainable culture of philanthropy within organizations.

Laurie Wolf
15 Dec 12 Fundraising Laurie Wolf
16 Dec 13 Fundraising Laurie Wolf