The University of Iowa

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy

Nonprofit organizations play vital roles in our communities and contribute to our quality of life. These organizations have unique management, funding, and finance issues that require specialized training. The Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy certificate meets the needs of students who have a desire to prepare for a career in a nonprofit role and/or who may impact the nonprofit sector through volunteering on a board, committee, or project.

The certificate provides students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to participate effectively in the growing world of nonprofits. Students who enroll in the certificate have a desire to do good in the world. This certificate gives them the tools to do that in any capacity, whether formally or informally.

Core courses cover essentials in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, communication strategies, and nonprofit ethics and governance. The program provides a balance of academic principles and real-world experience, as well as a fundamental understanding of how nonprofit organizations participate in building communities. Electives allow students to explore interests in entrepreneurship, politics, the arts, healthcare, social work, and more.

Courses are offered on campus and online, allowing distance and online students the opportunity to earn the certificate.

Bachelor of Applied Studies and Bachelor of Liberal Studies students may be able to incorporate certificate courses into their degree programs; students should consult with their advisors.

The undergraduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy requires a minimum of 21 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy requires the following coursework: 

FOUNDATION COURSES

Course Number Course Name Semester Hours
All of these:    
JMC:3710 Fundraising Fundamentals  3
MGMT:3500/ENTR:3595/MUSM:3500/NURS:3595/RELS:3700/SSW:3500 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I  3
MGMT:4600 Nonprofit Ethics and Governance  3
     
One or both of these:    
JMC:3720 Nonprofit Communications  3
MGMT:3600/NURS:3600/RELS:3701/SSW:3600 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II  3

 

FIELD EXPERIENCE
Students must complete at least 9 s.h. from the Foundation Courses list above before taking a field experience course.

Course Number Course Name Semester Hours
One of  these:    
JMC:3700 Field Experience: Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy  3
MGMT:3700 Field Experience: Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy  3

 

FOCUSED ELECTIVES
Students select elective coursework to total at least 21 s.h. for the certificate.

Course Number Course Name Semester Hours
COMM:1819 Organizational Leadership  3
CW:4745/WRIT:4745 The Sentence: Strategies for Writing  3
DPA:3510/INTD:3510/THTR:3510 Introduction to Arts Management  3
EALL:4130/MUSM:4150 Introduction to Grant Writing  3
ENTR:2000 Entrepreneurship and Innovation  3
ENTR:3350 Entrepreneurial Strategy  3
ENTR:3500 Social Entrepreneurship  3
EVNT:3154 Foundations of Event Management  3
EVNT:3260 Event Management Workshop  3
GHS:4002 Working in Global Health  3
JMC:3142/IS:3142 Social Media for Social Change  3
JMC:3530 Social Media Marketing  3
JMC:3720 Nonprofit Communications (if not taken as a foundation course)  3
MGMT:3600/NURS:3600/RELS:3701/SSW:3600 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II (if not taken as a foundation course)  3
MUSM:3001/ANTH:3001/EDTL:3001/SIED:3001 Introduction to Museum Studies  3

 

The Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy Certificate is co-directed by Deb Dunkhase and Jenifer Vick. The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy is collaboratively administered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. The certificate is awarded by University College.  

To learn more, contact nlp-info@uiowa.edu