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.

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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 ChavezNonprofit Management Graduate

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

$64K Salary

The median annual wage for social and community service managers was $64,100 in 2017.
– Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

18% Growth

Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026.
– Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

1.5 Million

More than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S.
– 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 BrownNonprofit Management Graduate

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 NguyenNonprofit Management Graduate


I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the CSUEB faculty, staff, and students. This certificate program is akin to an in-depth orientation to the nonprofit sector and made me aware of the special needs of nonprofit organizations. I would highly recommend the CSUEB Nonprofit Management Certificate program!

Radhika SharmaNonprofit Management Graduate

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

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 elective courses.

Required Courses

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

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

Course Units Fall Spring Summer
EXTX 550: Board Development and Governance
1.2 CEUs
EXTX 551: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations 1.2 CEUs X X
EXTX 552: Fundraising Fundamentals 1.2 CEUs X X
EXTX 553: Marketing and Communications for Nonprofit Organizations 2 CEUs X X
EXTX 554: Program Evaluation
1.2 CEUs
EXTX 555: Law of Nonprofit Organizations 1 CEUs X X
EXTX 556: Ethics of Nonprofit Organizations
0.60 CEU
EXTX 557: Leadership Skills for the Nonprofit Professional
1.2 CEUs

Elective Courses

Course Units Fall Spring Summer
EXTX 560: Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
0.60 CEU
EXTX 561: Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations 0.60 CEU X
EXTX 562: Advocacy and Lobbying for Nonprofits 0.60 CEU X X
EXTX 563: Proposal Writing
0.60 CEU
EXTX 564: Program Development
0.60 CEU
EXTX 565: Effective Social Media for Nonprofits
0.60 CEU

EXTX 566: Creating a Culture of Change: Fostering DEI in the Workplace

0.60 CEU X X

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.

Amira Barger

Amira Barger serves as a leader in nonprofit management and has done so for the last 14 years. The foundation for her leadership and community-building was set at an early age when her family moved from San Diego, CA to the tiny Pacific Island of Guam, USA to serve as missionaries in the 90’s. Barger was intrigued by the budding ideas around what would one day be coined “collective impact” and her upbringing entrenched the desire to live a life of service. She decided to use her skills to continue forward movement in the nonprofit sector. She received a BA in Marketing from Vanguard University, an MBA from Letourneau University, and invested in her professional development by receiving both the CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) and CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designations. In addition, Barger serves on the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration’s Board as Chair and part of the External Relations Committee. She's also an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, the Public Relations Society of America, and the American Public Health Association.

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 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 for LSS of Northern California, which provides supportive housing services to formerly homeless individuals, families, and emancipated foster youth in multiple counties.

She earned a master’s degree 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 and is a candidate for the CFRE.

Douglas Cook

C.P.A., M.P.A.

Douglas Cook, C.P.A., M.P.A. is Principal of Cook & Company, an accounting firm specializing in performing independent audits of nonprofit organizations. He has nearly two decades of professional accounting experience and has become a well-respected specialist in nonprofit accounting and tax issues. Cook has also taught at San Francisco State University and Golden Gate University.

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.

Irene Koehler

My goal is to teach you to use social media in support of your unique needs and objectives, not force you to use it like everyone else.

A respected social media marketing and personal branding expert, Irene Koehler has helped thousands improve business results by strategically developing marketing strategies and personal brands. Driven to support others' success, she works closely with clients to understand their objectives and challenges to create a unique plan tailored to fit their needs. Koehler is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer, and strategist, and she also teaches social media marketing courses at San Francisco State University and Cal State East Bay. Connect with Koehler at Irene Koehler Consulting on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Koehler has a lifelong passion for community service and has held leadership positions in civic, cultural, educational, and non-profit organizations.

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, aka the Ed Fund. Joel is also an instructor with University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and California State University East Bay. Joel is also a graduate student at Northwestern University seeking a master’s degree in mental health counseling.

Prior to joining the Ed Fund, he worked as the legal and policy analyst with Making Waves in Richmond, CA. Previous to Making Waves, Joel served fourteen years as the Executive Director of East Bay Habitat for Humanity and nearly four years as the Executive Director of Harbor House in Oakland. Before embarking upon a career in the nonprofit sector, Joel was employed as an attorney in law firms in both San Francisco and Chicago. He maintains his license to practice law in both California and Illinois. His legal expertise in nonprofit legal issues augments his nonprofit legal advising and consulting practice focusing on group facilitation, strategic planning, organizational development, and mediation services.

Joel’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.

Joel 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.

Joel’s avocation is coaching youth sports. He is currently the head coach of the girl’s varsity basketball team at Making Waves High School. He has also coached boy’s high school basketball and youth soccer for more years than he can remember.

Sonia Mañjon


Dr. Sonia Mañjon, the CEO of LeaderSpring, is an experienced executive director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Her experience ranges in higher education, nonprofit management, and government administration. She served as the inaugural director of the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise at The Ohio State University (OSU). Before joining OSU, Dr. Mañjon was Vice President for Institutional Partnerships, Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), and Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre at Wesleyan University. She was appointed by Connecticut Speaker of the House to the State Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. In California, she was a member of the Alameda County Education Reform Policy Board for secondary and postsecondary education. Dr. Mañjon is also the former executive director of the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts. She enjoys yoga, swimming, and spending time with her sons Zyan and Ezra.

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 nonprofit organizations to align board and staff, plan for the future, and tell the stories of their accomplishments, strengthening fundraising, communication, and overall effectiveness.

Her consulting practice includes work with nonprofit organizations in several capacities: Governance and Board Development, Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Fund Development and Grant Writing, and Assessment and Capacity Building.

Renee has worked with many different kinds of nonprofit organizations, including arts and cultural, religious, educational, environmental, social service and advocacy organizations.Renee also has over 20 years’ experience in the education sector, with a deep knowledge of teacher training, educator professional development, and learning processes.

Renee utilizes the Technology of Participation: Inclusive, participatory facilitation methods that structure conversations and workshops to surface thinking, build investment and engage the wisdom of the group.

Renee is the Program Director of the Cal State East Bay Nonprofit Management Certificate Program and teaches grant proposal writing for the program. She has presented workshops and webinars on board development and grant writing for a variety of nonprofit groups.

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 term. 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.

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Wednesday, August 21
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Common Questions

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 6-9 months. 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 and elective courses are offered throughout the year. The average length for Certificate course completion is 6-9 months.


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.

Are any discounts available for this program?
Yes, this program qualifies for the Forever Pioneer discount for Cal State East Bay alumni. You can complete and submit the Forever Pioneer Registration Form to receive the discounted pricing. Advanced registration is required to qualify for the discount.

Accessibility Services

Does the university provide accessibility services?
Yes, our Accessibility Services department provides academic accommodations and support services to address the individual needs of students with differing abilities, permanent disabilities or temporary disabling conditions. For more information, including program details and contact information, visit

Certificate of Completion

How do I request my printed certificate?
To obtain your official certificate, you must complete all requirements of your program and then complete and submit this form. Upon verification of requirement completion, your certificate will be mailed to you.

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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 required courses, plus 3 elective courses

Program length: 6-9 months

Tuition cost: $147 - $294 per course (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.) Forever Pioneer discount is available for Cal State East Bay alumni.


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