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Essential Management Skills for Nonprofits

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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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  • Convenient format

    This three-month program offers courses that meet one half-day every other 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

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


    Registration - coming soon

    Course Details

    • Classes held on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    • Entire program is $1,056

    Fee Includes

    • Course materials

    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

    Strategic Communications

    • Effective communication and conflict management
    • Team building and coalition building
    • 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

    Capstone Project

    • Identify, analyze, resolve and present findings

    And more!


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