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Essential Management Skills for Nonprofits


The Essential Management Skills for Nonprofit program is offered by CSUSM in partnership with the Alliance for Regional Solutions. This series of classes will help you gain an overall understanding of current trends, opportunities and challenges as well as key functional areas and responsibilities within nonprofit organizations. 

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"North County Lifeline works hard to build on the talents of our long-term employees and give them opportunities for growth in leadership within the organization. The CSUSM Essential Management Skills for Nonprofits has been a successful learning opportunity for helping our emerging leaders to strengthen their understanding of the nonprofit sector and the unique leadership skills required within it!"

- Don Stump
Executive Director, North County Lifeline

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Program Details


    This program is designed for:

    • Those new to management or the nonprofit sector
    • Those looking to enhance their management skills
    • Those who are ready to explore new techniques to effectively lead their organization or department

    Please note: you must be employed at a nonprofit organization to register for this course. 

    Course Dates Registration

    Essential Management Skills for Nonprofits

    Feb. 14*, 21, 28; March 6, 13*, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17*

    *Onsite at CSUSM

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    Course Details

    • Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
    • Location: Online and in-person at CSUSM*
    • Entire program is $1,056

    Fee Includes

    • Course materials will be distributed at the first class session.

    Overview of the Nonprofit Sector

    • History and role of the nonprofit sector
    • Key governance issues
    • Future evolution of the sector

    Nonprofit Management Fundamentals

    • Responsive and customer value orientation
    • Utilizing marketing, solution orientated and evidence based approaches

    Strategic Thinking

    • Strategic positioning for success
    • Critical thinking
    • Time management and goal setting strategies

    Effective Staff Communications and Supervision

    • Productive communication and conflict management
    • Team building and empowerment
    • Effective meeting management

    Financial Management

    • Basics of nonprofit finances
    • Financial tools and reports
    • Budgeting, forecasting and analysis

    Program Development and Evaluation

    • Identifying, planning and implementing programs
    • Evaluating program performance, impact and resources
    • Utilizing data and communication to tell the organization's "story"

    Building Collaborations and Partnerships

    • Building capacity and coalitions
    • Ethical dilemmas in management
    • Team building and coalition building

    Resource Development (Fundraising/Grants/Contracts)

    • Prospecting and identifying resources
    • Creating an effective case statement
    • Successful grant writing skills

    Capstone Project


    Instructor: Dom Betro, CSUSM Lecturer/FSA Organization CEO (Retired)

    Dominick Betro is a faculty member in the Department of Human Development who teaches Human Service Management, Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at CSU San Marcos and previously San Bernardino. He was a key contributor to the development of various nonprofit management certificate programs for UC Riverside and other nonprofit related programming. On June 30, 2018, after 33 years at the agency, Dom retired from the position of CEO of the Family Service Association, one of the leading non-profit human service organizations in the Inland Empire. He is an active lecturer at various universities including the University of Notre Dame and La Sierra University and developed and teaches the Alliance for Regional Solutions and CSUSM partnership program, Essential Management Skills for Nonprofits.

    Guest Speakers:

    Greg Angela, CEO Interfaith Community Services

    Marina Araiza, CEO, Women’s Resource Center

    John Van Cleef, Executive Director, Community Resource Center

    Rhonda Guaderrama, Director of Development, Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside

    Shelly Parks, Director of Programs, San Diego Food Bank

    Nanette Stamm, Chief Health Promotion Officer, Vista Community Clinic

    Don Stump, Executive Director, North County Lifeline

    Joelle Verbestal, CFO Mental Health Systems

    Jeri White, Executive Director, Produce Good

    Brian Zumbano, Vice President, San Diego Foundation

    Payal Beam, Vice President, Mental Health Systems

    Christy Wilson, Executive Director, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

    Chuck Matthews, Director, County of San Diego, HHSA

    Cheryl McMahen, Director Community Engagement, TrueCare

    Ahni Rocha-Redmond, Transitional  Youth Department Manager, YMCA, Family and Youth Services

    Jennifer Gilmore, CEO, Kitchens for Good

    Monica Martinez, Executive Director, North County Philanthropy Council

    Dani Willenberg, Director of Philanthropy, Catholic Charities

    Tammy Walz, COO, Boys and Girls Club Oceanside

    Sonia Gonzales, Director of Community Engagement, True Care

    James Callaghan, CEO, Turn BHS

    Chris Sichel, CEO, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

    If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and expertise with our students, consider submitting an instructor application or course proposal for consideration.  Please contact Cathy Scavone at or 760-750-8706 for more information.

Convenient format

This three-month program offers courses that meet virtually one morning a week

Immediately applicable

Gain strategies and resources that you can start using immediately in your current role

Learn from the best

Program instructors and speakers are local industry leading experts

Range of topics

Course topics include nonprofit management fundamentals, financial management, strategic thinking, program development, building partnerships and more


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