Certificate Series


The Learning Institute's 'Certificate Series' is taught by some of the foremost thought leaders in the nonprofit sector. Their experience encompasses the variety of charitable organizations, and the many examples in the case studies demonstrate their knowledge. Courses focus on the fundamentals of nonprofit management and the interaction of the key result areas.  They are ideally suited for individuals who are currently working in the sector and seeking to advance their careers, and for those who would like to start a nonprofit or find employment as a nonprofit leader or manager.

Course Design

Each course is designed to be completed in 6 hours.  However, you'll have a full year to complete each course.  All of the materials needed to the complete each course are available entirely online.  This includes streaming videos that are approximately 90 minutes for each program, as well as an extensive participant guide and numerous related readings.

CEU / Certificate / Credits

Learners may earn 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per course, awarded by Michigan State University.  Learners who complete all 8 courses may also earn a Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership & Management that is jointly awarded by the Society for Nonprofit Organizations (SNPO) and Michigan State University (Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies - CARRS).  We are also proud to offer CAE credit for successful completion of each course.


Members of the Society receive a discount on the series and individual courses: series $699, individual courses $99. For nonmembers the series is $900, and individual courses are $125. Membership in the Society is as low as $49. Please visit the "Membership" area to explore membership options.

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