Standing Beside Alaska's Non-Profits

Certificate in Nonprofit Management

 Fall 2018 Applications Open!

The Foraker Certificate in Nonprofit Management is a statewide program. Classes begin in August and end in December. All sessions are held in-person, in Anchorage. Travel scholarships are available.

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 program 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.

Interested? Apply now

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, case studies, and your first-hand experiences that can 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 as you 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 the classroom 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 experience.

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. Courses are all in person in order to maximize cohort participation and connection.  The cohort meets for five intensive sessions from August to December. Take a look at the 2018 dates here. All classes start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m., with a 45-minute lunch break. Lunch is not provided for students; however students are strongly encouraged to use the lunch break to network with the cohort. 

How much does Certificate cost? 

Tuition is $2,800 with a discounted rate of $2,300 for Foraker Partners. 

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




Aug 22

Fundamentals of the Nonprofit Sector: Provides an overview of the sector, its origins,tax and legal basis and key trends.  

Laurie Wolf



Aug 23

Professional/Personal Development: Explores your personal values and how they relate to successful nonprofit management

Heather Harris


Aug 23

Strategic Direction: Provides an overview of nonprofit organizational planning processes. 

Laurie Wolf


Aug 24

Strategic Direction

Laurie Wolf


Sept 12

Organizational Development: Teaches conflict management and problem solving techniques used by staff working in the nonprofit sector.

Gwen Kennedy


Sept 13

Board Development: Covers the best practices of nonprofit boards, board/staff partnerships, effective meetings and recruitment, and overall trends in board development. 

Laurie Wolf


Sept 14

Board Development

Laurie Wolf


Oct 8

Marketing and Communication: Covers the fundamentals of marketing for nonprofits based on the 7-C’s of successful strategic communication.

Suzanne Lagoni / John Tracy



Oct 9

Marketing and Communication

Suzanne Lagoni / John Tracy


Oct 9

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


Oct 10


Laurie Wolf


Oct 11


Laurie Wolf


Nov 7

Public Policy: Explore how your organization advocates for the issues affecting your mission.  

Mike Walsh


Nov 8

Human Resources: Covers rules and regulations of employee management, employee recruitment, and performance evaluation. 

Rebecca Savidis


Nov 9

Volunteer Engagement: Explores the opportunities and challenges of engaging volunteers and community members in your work. 

Sue Brogan


Dec 5

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.

Steve Mahoney / Chellie Skoog


Dec 6

Budget & Finance

Steve Mahoney / Chellie Skoog



Dec 7

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

Mike Walsh


Dec 7

Evaluation: Explores the concepts of reviewing programs and operations in order to inform and improve organizational effectiveness.

Mike Walsh



If you are interested in applying for the next certificate program, please fill out this form.  Be sure to include attachments described in the applications and email them to Kate Rose at The deadline for application is 5 pm, June 1, 2018. We will let you know by June 15, 2018 if you are accepted as part of the statewide cohort. Space is limited, so unfortunately we won’t be able to accommodate all applicants. Emphasis will be placed on those who are in leadership positions in their organizations. Every attempt is made to select a cohort that represents the diversity of the state. There are no distance delivery options for this cohort—your presence at every class is required in order to graduate from the program.


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