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Management and Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofit leaders working on project


2020 Dates TBD
9 am - 4 pm | Biltmore Park, Asheville

Kick-off Workshop: Understanding the Role & Mission of Nonprofits in our Community

$89 per workshop / $300 per course plus fees / $2,525 full tuition includes enrollment and credentialing fees

The workshop will introduce how private, nonprofit organizations have been essential to the creation and evolution of American society since the colonial days. However, a push to professionalize the leaders and employees of nonprofit sector organizations and an accompanying academic literature on the nonprofit sector did not emerge until the 1970s. Nonprofit organizations provide services, offer a space for like minds to convene, and influence public policy.

Course Objectives

You will learn about the history, scope and impact of organizations that can be classified as nonprofit in the United States, the defining characteristics of this important sector of organizations, the similarities and differences of organizations across the for-profit, public and nonprofit sectors, and the role of the nonprofit organization's mission. Finally, you will take a look at career options in the thriving nonprofit sector and how you can make a living while making a difference.

The one-day workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in attending, but the topics also serve as the kickoff for the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) course, "Management and Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector." During registration, you'll be given an option to register for the workshop, the 4-week long course, or the entire CNP 8 course program.

The CNP on-line course immediately follows the workshop from September 12 through October 11.

Class activities and discussion during the September 12 workshop will be counted towards the overall grade. Participants will start the first Artifact Portion during the last half-hour of an in-class activity, and will be given a chance to submit this completed document on-line during the workshop. Workshop attendees can benefit from completing this activity in-class and if interested, at home.

A second confirmation letter will be sent to the CNP students one week prior to the start of the course, to clarify the process for accessing on-line content, and other important resources will also be shared at that time.

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Workshop topics

  • Nonprofit Management: The Basics
  • The Nonprofit Organizational Context
  • Nonprofit Human Resources
  • Ethics and Values in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Wrap Up


The cost for the workshop only is $89. The fee for the course (workshop and 4-weeks online content) is $300 with a $25 enrollment fee due upon registration, and a $100 credentialing fee that is due at the end of the program. There is also an option to pay the full tuition of $2,525 for all 8 modules when registering for this course which includes these fees. If you choose to register for the entire program and pay the full tuition, you will automatically be registered for the other modules when registration opens for each course.

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