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 dates below). All classes start at 9:00 am and ends 5:00 pm, with a 45 minute lunch break.

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 scholarships available?

A limited number of tuition discounts and travel scholarships 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?

Schedule for Fall, 2023 - Statewide Program

Day Date Course Instructor
1 Aug 21 Fundamentals of the Nonprofit Sector Laurie Wolf

Aug 22
Aug 22

Professional/Personal Development
Strategic Direction

Laurie Wolf
Laurie Wolf
3 Aug 23 Strategic Direction Laurie Wolf
4 Sept 11 Budget and Finance Chellie Skoog
5 Sept 12 Budget and Finance Chellie Skoog



Sept 13

Sept 13

Business Planning


Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh

7 Oct 11 Board Development Laurie Wolf
8 Oct 12 Board Development Laurie Wolf

Oct 13

Organizational Development

Gwen Kennedy

10 Nov 1 Public Policy Mike Walsh
11 Nov 2 Human Resources Rebecca Savidis
12 Nov 3 Volunteer Engagement Sue Brogan
13 Nov 29 Marketing and Communication Kimberly Waller
14 Nov 30 Fundraising Laurie Wolf
15 Dec 1 Fundraising Laurie Wolf

What happens after I complete the courses?

At the end of the program, we issue official Certificates for 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 2023 fall cohort are now closed. The program is offered each fall. Check back for details. 

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.