Nonprofit Governance & Volunteer Management

Megan Nelson, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

The Course

Management and Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector is a five-week intensive course focused on the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to launch or fast track a successful nonprofit career. The course is one of eight required courses to earn the Alliance's Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. Learn more about the CNP credential.

Participants will walk away from this course with a working knowledge of:

  • the history, contributions, and unique characteristics of the nonprofit sector and its management,
  • basic laws, regulations and professional standards that govern nonprofit sector operations, knowledge of risk and crisis management, ethics and decision-making, and
  • human resource fundamentals, such as recruiting and retaining top talent.

Learners must also purchase Nonprofit Management 101, available as an EBook.

Learner Expectations

Come with an open mind and willingness to share your experiences and ideas. An important part of the learning process comes from engagement with your peers.

  • 1-2 hours per week of teamwork in the form of discussion forums
  • 2-3 hours per week of individual work including reading, videos and writing assignments
  • Completion of all the assignments, a multiple choice exam and a course artifact

Technical Requirements

You need a computer or smart device with access to the internet.

Statement of Accomplishment

Subject to course completion (completion of all assignments), you will receive the web-enabled Nonprofit Leadership Alliance e-Certificate Foundations of Nonprofit Management, that can be automatically uploaded to your LinkedIn profile and other digital platforms. This is a third-party verified digital recognition that underscores the competencies you gained through your participation in this course.


Megan Nelson

Megan Nelson has served as the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Campus Executive Director at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) for just over one year, and recently received her Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. She earned her Master of Public Administration, as well as her Bachelor of Communication from UNO, and continues her tenure at UNO as the Career & Student Services Associate within the School of Public Administration. Her research interests include higher education, recruitment, retention and student affairs. Megan enjoys spending her free time with her family, event planning, traveling and interior/graphic design.

What a Current Student Has to Say

"The Certified Nonprofit Professional program gives you the ability to learn about different areas of a nonprofit organization. The courses are easy to follow – they are challenging, but in a good way. They will provide you with a great understanding of nonprofit organizations, and you will be able to interact with students from different and diverse backgrounds."

-Matt Wolding ( follow Matt on LinkedIn)

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