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 focused on issues facing Alaska nonprofits and provides access to a network of fellow professionals.

Why take Certificate?

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

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?

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. Our courses are designed to be immediately applicable 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.

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 2024 (see dates below). All classes start at 9:00 am and ends 5:00 pm, with a 45 minute lunch break. The application period has closed.

What is the cost for the Certificate program?

Every effort is made to keep costs to a minimum. 

The fee is $3,000, or $2,500 for Foraker Partners.

Are discounts or scholarships available?

A limited number of tuition discounts and travel scholarships are available. Please indicate your interest in 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?

Schedule for Fall, 2024 - Statewide Program

Day Date Course
1 Aug 26 Fundamentals of the Nonprofit Sector

Aug 27

Professional/Personal Development
Strategic Direction


Aug 28

Strategic Direction
From Bias to Belonging

4 Sept 25 Budget and Finance
5 Sept 26 Budget and Finance


Sept 27

Business Planning

7 Oct 21 Board Development
8 Oct 22 Board Development

Oct 23

Organizational Development

10 Nov 13 Public Policy
11 Nov 14 Human Resources
12 Nov 15 Volunteer Engagement
13 Dec 4 Marketing and Communication
14 Dec 5 Fundraising
15 Dec 6 Fundraising

What happens after I complete the courses?

At the end of the program, we issue official Certificates to participants who attended each day. In addition, you will receive 10.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Alaska. If you are absent from class, you will need to make-up the class the following year to receive your Certificate and CEUs.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2024 fall are now closed. 

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.