Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

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The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration offers current and aspiring nonprofit leaders a practical education to have an even greater impact on their organizations and communities. The certificate has an interdisciplinary curriculum covering the fundamental competencies of nonprofit management such as organizational leadership, governance, policy influence, program evaluation, financial management, marketing, and fundraising.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration requires four (4) c.u.*, including two (2) foundational courses and two (2) electives chosen from the list below.

Foundational Courses

  • GAFL 549: Leading Nonprofits
  • Choose one of the following:
    • GAFL 652: Financial Management of Government and Nonprofit Organizations
    • GAFL 529: Nonprofit Financial Management


Choose two of the following:

  • GAFL 735: The Performance Imperative
  • GAFL 640/GAFL 641: Program Evaluation and Data Analysis
  • GAFL 559: Social Enterprise, Social Finance, and Collective Impact toward System and Policy Change

Additionally, Fels offers workshops throughout the year on topics such as grant writing, fundraising, and social enterprises. Certificate students are strongly encouraged to attend these workshops.

A course may only be counted toward one certificate, and Fels MPA and EMPA students may count no more than two core courses toward a certificate.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326