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.

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?

The program will be held in-person at the Foraker office in Anchorage. 

The next cohort will take place in fall 2023 (see 2022 dates below for a general time commitment). If you wish to be notified when applications are open, contact us. 

What is the cost for the Certificate program?

Every effort is made to keep costs to a minimum. 

The fee is $2,800, or $2,300 for Foraker Partners.

Are scholarships available?

A limited number of tuition discounts and travel scholarships are available. Please indicate your interest on the application when it becomes available.

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?

Schedule for Fall, 2022 - Statewide Program

Day Date Course Instructor
1 Aug 29 Fundamentals of the Nonprofit Sector Laurie Wolf

Aug 30
Aug 30

Professional/Personal Development
Strategic Direction

Laurie Wolf
Laurie Wolf
3 Aug 31 Strategic Direction Laurie Wolf
4 Sept 28 Organizational Development Gwen Kennedy
5 Sept 29 Board Development Laurie Wolf
6 Sept 30 Board Development Laurie Wolf
7 Oct 19 Budget & Finance Chellie Skoog
8 Oct 20 Budget & Finance Chellie Skoog

Oct 21
Oct 21

Business Planning

Mike Walsh
Mike Walsh
10 Nov 16 Public Policy Mike Walsh
11 Nov 17 Human Resources Rebecca Savidis
12 Nov 18 Volunteer Engagement Sue Brogan
13 Dec 7 Marketing and Communication Kimberly Waller
14 Dec 8 Fundraising Laurie Wolf/Emily Groves/ Amalie Couvillion
15 Dec 9 Fundraising Laurie Wolf/Emily Groves/ Amalie Couvillion

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2022 fall cohort are now closed. Let us know if you are interested in receiving a notice when the 2023 applications are available. 

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.