This 12 week certificate program will provide learners a foundational understanding of the unique issues faced when managing and operating a nonprofit organization.  This course is designed for those who work or wish to work in a non-profit setting, particularly for those in management and leadership roles.  This program consists of six individual modules: Effective Non-Profit Leadership, Organizational Effectiveness, Non-Profit Operations Management, Fundraising Fundamentals, Capital Campaigns, Grants, and Planned Giving, and Human Resources Essentials.

This program is offered with sponsorship from The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Service for the reduced price of $150 per participant

Program is limited to 20 seats

Module 1: Effective Nonprofit Leadership

February 3 & 10, 2022

Instructor: Tim McKeough

This course will develop individual’s capacity for leadership and establish application in a nonprofit organizational setting.  The course will discuss varieties of leadership styles and their strengths and weaknesses, how to deliver effective feedback, motivating and influencing others, and conflict negotiation. 

Module 2: Organizational Effectiveness

February 17 & 24, 2022

Instructor: Tim McKeough

This course will explore the ways in which a non-profit organization can optimize effectiveness in achieving established outcomes and goals. This course will break down the decision-making process, change management process, provide an introduction to the strategic planning process, and how to build effective teams for optimal communication and innovation.

Module 3: Nonprofit Operations Management

March 3 & 10, 2022

Instructor: Ann Lucas

This course will address the fundamental operations management issues in a non-profit organizational setting.  Beginning with creating a vision and mission statement that align the organization’s strategic goals with outcomes, this course will identify practices in budgeting, finance, and resource allocation to ensure successful operations of a nonprofit. This course will also discuss nonprofit governance and the role of the board of directors.

Module 4: Fundraising Fundamentals

March 17 & 31, 2022 (skip March 24th)

Instructor: Todd Kuckkahn

This course will discuss the foundational basics to a quality funds development program, how to maximize fundraising opportunities, and the different techniques available.  This course will focus on the importance of annual giving, special events, and donor development. They feed into each other and also lead to major gifts and capital campaigns.

Module 5: Capital Campaigns, Grants and Planned Giving

April 7 & April 14, 2022

Instructor: Todd Kuckkahn

This course will cover how grants and capital campaigns are two special development tools in your philanthropic strategy. There are some important differences and similarities. Relationships can be very important to both, depending on the size of the gift. Capital campaigns focus more on individuals and grants are typically through foundations. Both can be critical to major programs for your non-profit.

Module 6: Human Resources Essentials

April 21 & 28, 2022

Instructor: Amy Nelson, SHRM-SCP

This course will cover the legal and ethical considerations in hiring, management, and operational practices of a nonprofit organization. Case studies will be used to understand legal practices around hiring, performance reviews, discrimination, workforce harassment, and confidentiality practices.


The program will intend on being delivered with in-person weekly classes, however will pivot to virtual via Zoom if necessary.  The classes will take place at Northcentral Technical College’s Center for Business and Industry at 1000 W Campus Dr, Wausau, WI 54401.

Learning Format

Class facilitation will consist of lecture/presentation, learning activities, and group discussions.  Program participants will be expected to engage in group discussions offering case study examples while maintaining confidentiality. Short homework tasks may be assigned and will be expected to be completed by the following class meeting. Instructors will provide direct contact information to participants.  Participants will be allowed one missed class date, but must make up work outside of class.

Offered in partnership with the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin