Certificate In

Nonprofit Management

Meet the increasingly challenging demands of nonprofit administration and learn how to improve your organization’s effectiveness with a comprehensive, flexible program designed for working adults.


Lead the Way to Change

Gain insight into the evolving aspects of nonprofit management, including board development, financial management, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation, and nonprofit law. All taught through a cutting-edge program that equips you with the skills to carry out your mission and support your cause in the most effective ways.


Co-sponsored by the Cal State East Bay Department of Public Administration

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Listed on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) for Alameda/Contra Costa County

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Enjoy engaging, hands-on class sessions that directly apply to your day-to-day work. All taught by professors and instructors with substantial experience in all aspects of the nonprofit field, from board planning and fundraising to organizational development and financial and personnel management.

As a new executive director that did not have any coaching, this program has been very helpful with helping me to better understand the technical side of nonprofit management. There are lots of resources that the professors give to students, and you can refer to them in your daily nonprofit activities.

Sarah ChavezClass of 2014

With the Common Good at Heart

Do you want a rewarding career that enables you to serve others and improve lives? Working in the nonprofit sector allows you the opportunity to work on behalf of a cause or a mission that is personally significant to you and of great value to society. As employment in the nonprofit sector continues to grow, so does the need for qualified, knowledgeable nonprofit management and staff.

Work on behalf of a cause or a mission that is personally significant to you and of great value to society.

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for employment in the nonprofit sector abound in a number of "sub-sectors," included among them:

Health and Human Services

Education and Research Institutions, Social and Legal Services (including family and child care-related agencies)

Arts and Culture (including theatres, music organizations, museums, botanical and zoological gardens, public broadcasting, etc.)

Environmental Organizations, Religious Institutions (also known as "Faith-Based Organizations")

Foundations (public and private)

Occupational Outlook

$63K Salary

The median annual wage for social and community service managers was $63,530 in May 2015.
– Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

10% Growth

Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024.
– Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

1.5 Million

Approximately 1.57 million nonprofits were registered with the Internal Revenue Service in 2016.
– Urban Institute

Reach New Heights

Through coursework in the Nonprofit Management program, you’ll acquire a comprehensive understanding of the latest best practices in nonprofit management. As a result, you’ll be qualified to serve in a variety of influential roles:

Executive Director

Strategic Planner

Development Director or Fund Developer

Marketing or Communications Director

Grant Writer

Volunteer Coordinator/Manager

Program Manager or Supervisor

Board Development Specialist or Consultant

Finance Director or Budget Manager

Organization Development Consultant

With this comprehensive set of practical courses, I have developed a strong, broad framework of understanding and skills to advance my work with the nonprofit sector. It is an extraordinary resource.

Rebecca BrownClass of 2009

Cal State East Bay's Nonprofit Management program provided invaluable knowledge and skills that enable me to serve effectively on a Board of Directors of a community-based organization. This program is so essential to non-profit organizations that I highly recommend it to all Board of Directors or staff. At our organization, board and key staff members were trained.

Bang NguyenFormer student

As my organization went through a phase of tremendous change and growth, it was especially helpful to study innovative fundraising techniques, hone my skills in financial management and get new ideas on how to engage the board more effectively. The program provided me with extremely useful information that I was able to apply immediately to my day-to-day job.

Dagmar Schroeder HuseClass of 2006

As a Cal State East Bay graduate, you can look forward to leaving the program with:

A thorough grounding in all aspects of nonprofit management, including board development, financial management, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation, and nonprofit law.

The skills and confidence to meet the evolving demands of nonprofit administration and your existing day-to-day challenges head-on.

The ability to foster a stronger pool of administrators, staff, and volunteers.

A Certificate Program with Options

Because the program is co-sponsored by the Cal State East Bay Department of Public Administration, you have the unique opportunity to earn your certificate while also earning academic credit that can be later applied toward Cal State East Bay’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

Depending on your educational goals, you may choose to take program courses for continuing education credit (CEU) by taking the EXSP courses or for academic credit by taking the PUAD courses. With approval from a department counselor, you may apply up to eight units of PUAD courses in the Nonprofit Management Certificate program toward elective credit in Cal State East Bay’s MPA program.

Regardless of the type of credit you choose, the curriculum and certificate awarded is the same. It's really a matter of what type of credit suits your educational needs.

Convenience to Fit Your Busy Life

Classes are conveniently located in the downtown Oakland Center, which is easily accessible via public transportation or car from wherever you live or work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

To earn your Certificate in Nonprofit Management, you will need to complete eight required courses and three units of elective coursework.

Required Courses

Courses are not sequential and may be taken in any order you choose.

Course schedules, including the quarters courses are offered in, are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on courses currently being offered, view the Course Schedule.

EXSP 8087: Board Development and Governance
-or- PUAD 7701: Board Development and Governance
EXSP 8122: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
-or- PUAD 7703: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
EXSP 8101: Fundraising Dynamics
-or- PUAD 7704: Fundraising Dynamics
EXSP 8128: Marketing and Communications for Nonprofit Organizations
-or- PUAD 7705: Marketing and Communications for Nonprofit Organizations
EXSP 8127: Program Evaluation
-or- PUAD 7706: Program Evaluation
EXSP 8177: Law of Nonprofit Organizations
-or- PUAD 7712: Law of Nonprofit Organizations
EXSP 8270: Ethics of Nonprofit Organizations
-or- PUAD 7714: Ethics of Nonprofit Organizations
EXSP 8275: Leadership Skills for the Nonprofit Professional
-or- PUAD 7720: Leadership Skills for the Nonprofit Professional

Elective Courses

EXSP 8115: Effective Social Media for Nonprofits
EXSP 8120: Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
-or- PUAD 7700: Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
EXSP 8159: Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
-or- PUAD 7709: Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
EXSP 8103: Proposal Writing
-or- PUAD 7707: Proposal Writing
EXSP 8164: Public Policy, Advocacy and Coalition Building
-or- PUAD 7710: Public Policy, Advocacy and Coalition Building
EXSP 8987: Program Development

Philip Arca

For me, the nonprofit sector is about the joy of collective action for positive social impact. I am pleased to be part of a learning experience that aspires to help do that work better.

Philip Arca has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to social justice that involves direct support of individuals, systemic change, sustainability, creativity, and the joy of allowing all to realize their fullest potential. On a practitioner level, he is a seasoned turnaround leader with broad and deep experience.

Most recently, he has been Interim Executive Director for an art/science center, foster youth program, senior nutrition services, a youth science outreach effort in the East Bay, a law center in Marin, consulting with various real estate/social enterprise projects in Oakland, and on the advisory boards of the Sustainable Business Alliance, The International Toy Museum, and with The Inspire Awards. Arca was recently accepted as a Charter Member of the National Association of Accredited Interim Executive Directors (NAAIED).

He is formerly the Executive Director of a $7 million, 85 employee, 800 volunteer, faith-based social services organization working throughout Alameda County. In addition, he has worked with The Oakland Zoo, startup of a new U.S. fair trade coffee initiative, and the strategic alignment and growth of a statewide communications organization focused on children’s issues.

Recently he has been involved with OpenIDEO, the SF MeetUp organizing team and is a fan of human centered design. He was on the editorial board of the Social Enterprise Reporter. He has taught classes at CSUEB and JFK University. He has published articles in Advancing Philanthropy and The Nonprofit Times. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University with an MPA from USC.

He enjoys family, theater, ukulele/guitar, Dragonboat paddling, cycling, and motorcycling. If requested to be a dog, would be a basset hound — improbable with a consequently necessary sense of a humor.

Jim Armstrong

Sailing, baseball and effective, ethical fundraising are my passions!

While teaching capital campaigns and special event fundraising, Jim Armstrong often uses sailing and baseball references in his CSUEB classes. Beyond the classroom, Armstrong is a senior consultant specializing in major gift development with Brown Schroeder Associates. During a career that spans 40-years, he's built gift programs for Fort Mason Center, Children's Hospital Foundation, SF State, Larkin Street Youth Services, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, the University of San Francisco, and United Way. His Planning Special Events, published by Jossey-Bass in 2001, is part of the Excellence in Fundraising series for The Fundraising School, at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. Armstrong is a frequent contributor to professional publications and presenter at professional conferences. He is an AFP-Golden Gate Chapter board member and has maintained Certified Fundraising Executive status since 1982.

Jennie Brick

I believe in empowering students to understand and tell the fiscal story. My job isn't to make them savvy accountants, my job is to give then the confidence to ask relevant questions and then understand the answers.

Jennie Brick is the senior finance and administration consultant for Pacific Training and Resources. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, Brick is experienced in creating systems to streamline and accommodate the challenging world of the nonprofit administrator.

She has trained management, staff, board members, and volunteers in the areas of budgeting, general fiscal operations, public speaking, and office administration. Brick works with a wide range of organizations from small to large including human service, political, arts, animal advocacy, LGBT, and health service organizations. Her personal goal is to empower nonprofits to create sustainable fiscal systems that will allow them to grow and achieve programmatic success.

Stephanie Casenza


Teaching keeps you fresh and helps you stay current in your field. I enjoy introducing others to the depth and breadth of development and helping them find their niche in the field.

Stephanie Casenza has devoted her career to helping advance the mission and vision of a broad range of organizations as a professional and a volunteer. Moving easily between the business and not-for-profit worlds, she has held management, development, and public relations roles for advertising/public relations agencies and for social services, higher education, healthcare, and arts organizations throughout California.

Casenza has taught courses at University of California, San Diego Extension, at San Diego State University, and through Nonprofit Management Solutions in San Diego. In addition, she has served on more than a dozen nonprofit boards. She currently serves as Director of Development and Communications for Sunny Hills Services, a child welfare organization that assists the most troubled and vulnerable youth overcome very challenging circumstances so they can learn to lead fulfilling lives. She earned a master’s in Executive Leadership from the School of Business at University of San Diego and her undergraduate degree in journalism from San Diego State University. She also received the universal accreditation for public relations from the Public Relations Society of America.

Jeffrey Cook

It has been an incredibly rewarding experience seeing students excited and energized to go back to their organizations and help them move forward in thoughtful, strategic ways.

Jeff Cook believes marketing is all about developing thoughtful, strategic, and exciting solutions for successfully supporting and advancing your nonprofit organization's mission. Cook has been a faculty member in the nonprofit management program since 2005. A New York native, he graduated from Delaware Academy before earning a bachelor's degree at Hartwick College. After moving to California, he entered the University of San Francisco, graduating with a master's degree in nonprofit administration. Today, he serves as chief communications officer at California State University, Fullerton. Cook has volunteered with and served on the governing boards of political, environmental, religious, LGBT, and refugee/immigrant-services nonprofits.

Dwight Dickerson

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

I sincerely believe as professionals that we have a duty to bring along the next generation of professionals. The joy of teaching is to inspire students to move forward with the desire of learning and doing and not be afraid to take risks.Life is not about the ultimate destination but the journey getting there and what we experience and learn along the way.

Dwight Dickerson, Esq. is the Director of the Paralegal Studies Program at California State University, East Bay and a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission and an active member of and presenter for The American Association for Paralegal Education.

He has been a member of the faculty of the CSUEB Paralegal Studies Program since 1991, and is an instructor of Contract Law and Nonprofit Law on the CSUEB Hayward Hills campus. Dickerson graduated from Brandeis University with honors majoring in American Urban Studies and received his J. D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He has been an active member of the State Bar of California since December 1977, specializing in real estate, consumer business, and non-profit law related matters.

Kimberly Legocki

As an educator, I strive to create a classroom community that is interactive and engaging. I keep the content current so that students are able to immediately apply lessons learned.

Kimberly Legocki has more than 20 years of marketing communication, e-marketing, public relations, social media, and digital branding experience. She has diverse knowledge in marketing direct to consumers and through multi-tier B2B distribution channels for start-ups, higher education, health care, aviation, SaaS solutions, publishing, chemicals, and industrial manufacturing. Legocki teaches undergraduate and graduate marketing courses in the College of Business Economicsat Cal State East Bay. She also teaches core social media strategy classes in the International Diploma Program at U.C. Berkeley.

Joel Mackey

My favorite part of teaching is the moment when the chemistry in the class reaches a crescendo of group interaction that leads to a heightened appreciation of learning together.

Joel Mackey is an attorney currently serving as the executive director of the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund). Prior to joining the Ed Fund, he worked as the legal and policy analyst with Making Waves in Richmond, CA.

Previously, Mackey served 14 years as the executive director of East Bay Habitat for Humanity and nearly four years as the executive director of Harbor House in Oakland. He also worked as an associate with law firms in San Francisco and Chicago.

Mackey's nonprofit experience includes service on numerous nonprofit boards, including East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Berkeley Community Law Center, the Homeless Action Center, Consumer Credit Counseling, the People's Credit Union, and the Family Independence Initiative.

He is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity College.

Mackey also maintains a small legal and consulting practice focusing on strategic planning, organizational development, mediation, and for-profit and nonprofit start-ups.

Craig Nathanson

MS in Human Development and Telecommunications Management

Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems 
Fielding Graduate University in California

Craig Nathanson


I believe students learn best when they know their teacher cares about them as unique individuals full of potential and good ideas. This is what I strive for in my classrooms. I love to teach. My goal is that my students can use what they have learned soon after they leave the classroom.

Craig Nathanson, Ph.D. has been an adjunct faculty member in Continuing Education since 2001 at Cal State East Bay in California teaching in the areas of leadership and human resources.

Dr. Nathanson worked 25 years in various senior management positions in U.S. fortune 50 companies and has written and published six books including his latest, “Joyful work in midlife: The five stages”, which accumulates 20 years of research by Dr. Nathanson in the intersection of work and midlife.

Dr. Nathanson developed and leads two thriving online communities at and

Renee Rubin Ross

Program Director

In our time, non-profit organizations do critical, meaningful work. It’s exciting to give students tools to lead, support, and amplify the accomplishments of those organizations.

Dr. Renee Rubin Ross works with non-profit and higher education organizations to tell the story of their accomplishments and plan for the future, strengthening fundraising, communication, and overall effectiveness.

Renee is a facilitator in the truest sense of the word: She is skilled at making things facile, or easier, for people and organizations to get to the heart of the messages and processes that they’re seeking.

Renee’s passion for strategic planning, facilitation, grant writing and research emerges from her longtime interest in helping non-profit organizations work more effectively. This interest led her to service as a Program Officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation, working with more than 15 non-profit organizations to focus their message for greater alignment with grant guidelines and sharing grantees’ stories and successes. Renee’s curiosity about organizational effectiveness also led to research on schools’ communication with parents, exploring how schools incorporate parents’ volunteer and financial investment into the school.

All of this has culminated in her current work doing strategic planning, facilitation, grant writing and research for Bay Area based non-profits in the arts, education, the environment, girls’ advocacy, and religion.

Renee lives in the East Bay with her family. In her free time, she can be found cooking healthy food, baking sourdough bread, playing guitar or gardening.

Eleanor Smith

I hate being lectured to and I think everyone does. I do my best to make classes lively and fun. Frequent exercises encourage students, in small groups, to learn from each other and to apply the course content to their own life experiences. I use story-telling to illustrate important points and invite students to tell their own stories as a way of clarifying and reinforcing concepts. If students can't connect the dots between what I'm offering and what they're experiencing, I haven't done my job.

Eleanor A. Smith, principal of Eleanor A. Smith Associates, has provided strategic consulting services to foundations and nonprofit organizations since 1997. Services include strategic planning, evaluation, grant-making guidance and support, best practices research, program development, market and stakeholder research, and feasibility analysis. Smith teaches workshops and courses in Program Evaluation and Program Development at CSUEB and Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation at SFSU.

She holds a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Comparative Culture from the University of California at Irvine.

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You’re Invited to Enroll

There are no formal admissions requirements for the Nonprofit Management Certificate program. If you can satisfactorily complete the program coursework, you are invited to enroll. Additionally, if you are interested in taking individual courses, you can do so without formal admission to the certificate program.

You may enroll in this program at any time, and start taking classes during any quarter. To get started with the enrollment process, simply request more information and a program coordinator will reach out to you or attend an upcoming information session.

Still have some unanswered questions? Visit the support center for further information. »

Upcoming Info Sessions

Tuesday, June 27
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
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Common Questions

Are there any options with this program?
This program offers two types of credit options:

"PUAD" credit is academic credit and should really only be taken by students who plan to pursue the Master's in Public Administration (MPA) at Cal State East Bay. A standing agreement between Cal State East Bay Continuing Education and the Public Administration department allows 8 units of PUAD credit taken in our program to count toward elective credit for the MPA degree (please confirm this with your counselor in graduate studies if this is something you'd like to pursue). Students taking Nonprofit Management classes for PUAD credit will be required to write a term paper in order to earn this type of credit.

"EXSP" credit is non-academic credit, which awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs). No term paper is required.

Both types of credit award the same certificate. The curriculum is the same for all students. It's really a matter of what type of credit suits your educational goals. If you plan to pursue the MPA at Cal State East Bay, you have the option to apply up to 8 units of coursework taken in the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program (taken for PUAD credit only) toward elective credit within the MPA program.

What happens if I need to withdraw from a course?
Withdrawal and Refund Policies vary depending on the type of program in which you enroll and some Continuing Education programs have course-specific refund policies that supersede the standard refund policy. Visit the Registration Policies section for more details.

How long will it take me to complete the program?
The program is designed to enable students to complete the full program in two Quarters. However, students may take as long as they wish to complete the program, depending upon their time availability and budget. There is no deadline for completion and no prescribed order of courses. Required courses are offered twice a year (alternating quarters) and elective courses are scattered throughout the year. The average length for Certificate course completion is one year.


Is financial aid available for this program?
Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for certificate programs, but there may be other suitable options to help you in financing your program. Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Ideal for: Nonprofit administrators, board members, staff, and volunteers, particularly those in the San Francisco East Bay area, seeking to upgrade their skills, stay current with best practices and trends, and improve their organizations' effectiveness

Program format: In-person

Number of courses: 8 courses, plus 3 units of elective coursework

Program length: 9-12 months

Tuition cost: $147 - $340 per course (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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