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Online Non Profit Leadership Certificate

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Pursue a meaningful career in nonprofit leadership

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Expert faculty

Leadership skills

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  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per credit $824
  • Credit hours 12

Program Benefits

  • No application fee
  • Six start dates per year

Become an inspirational leader in nonprofit management

In Brenau University’s 100% online Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program, you’ll learn from expert faculty in flexible classes as you prepare for the next step in your career. Strengthen your capacity for effective entrepreneurial leadership, and build expertise in fundraising, management, grant writing and more in this certificate program built for working professionals. Finish your Nonprofit Leadership Certificate in just one year. From here, you can.

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Advance in nonprofit leadership with an online certificate

A 100% online Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Brenau University is your first step toward a more meaningful career. On average, individuals who hold a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate earn $75,000 per year,1 making this career path lucrative as well as fulfilling. Complete your certificate in just one year, ready to pursue roles such as social and community service manager ($74,000 per year2) or executive director ($82,956 per year3).

An online certificate for impactful skills

4 courses

12 total credit hours

Complete 100% online coursework to earn your Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Brenau. This graduate certificate program requires four courses totaling 12 credit hours and can be finished in just one year.

Course spotlights:

  • OL 620 Volunteer Leadership and Board Governance
  • OL 630 Fundraising Principles and Practice
  • OL 720 Not-for-Profit Marketing and Branding
  • OL 760 Principles of Grant Writing for Nonprofits

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No application fee

The online certificate in nonprofit leadership offers six start dates per year, so you can apply anytime and start your education as soon as possible. With no application fee, you can apply risk-free.

To apply to Brenau’s online Non Profit Leadership Certificate, you’ll need:

Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
Copy of updated professional resume/curriculum vitae
Admission Details

We strive to make your education affordable

$824 per credit hour

$9,888 total tuition

By choosing Brenau, you’re investing in an education that will set you on a path to a successful career. Along with affordable tuition, you can pursue federal financial aid to make your education even more cost-effective.

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What you’ll learn

With a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate, you’ll be better positioned to lead the charge for better services in your community or organization. Learn online, on your schedule, with support from expert faculty members to finish your certificate in just one year.

Program outcomes

In Brenau’s online certificate in nonprofit leadership program, you will:

  • Learn the skills required for the mission and the critical processes of any nonprofit agency.
  • Gain expertise in fundraising and donor relationships.
  • Learn to work with a board of directors to effectively further your organization’s mission.

Online learning

At Brenau, you will learn in small classes, which gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive one-on-one support from your professors. With flexible scheduling and online delivery, we make education fit into your busy life. Our programs respond to the needs of today’s students, so you’ll receive the education you need to become a leader who makes a difference. From here, you can.

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You can complete the program in as little as one year. To see the curriculum, view our program page.

Tuition is $824 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 12 credit hours for a total tuition of $9,888. You can review all costs on our program page.

There are no entrance exams required for this certificate.

The requirements for the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate include:

  • A completed online application
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative college GPA
  • Official transcripts from each school you’ve attended
  • Copy of updated professional resume/curriculum vitae.

You’ll complete 12 credit hours to earn the online Nonprofit Leadership Certificate.

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate is only available online, but you’re always welcome to visit, even if you don’t have on-campus requirements.

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  1. Payscale. “Salary for Certification: Nonprofit Leadership.” Feb. 27, 2023. Retrieved March 8, 2023, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Social and Community Service Managers.” Sept. 8, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2023, from
  3. Payscale. “Average Executive Director Salary.” Retrieved March 8, 2023, from