Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Are you employed or otherwise involved in a nonprofit organization and eager to gain valuable expertise that will make your contribution more effective? Our renowned 80-hour series helps nonprofit leaders like you gain and refine the skills needed to strengthen your organizations and achieve your missions. The certificate course provides immediately-applicable training in the core competencies of nonprofit management. It is intended for people who want to make a serious investment in their not-for-profit careers. The program combines the best of face-to-face learning with ongoing discussion via online learning portals. 

Sarah Mutrux

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The Certificate in Nonprofit Management (NPM) is offered annually in the fall. In 2019 the NPM program will be held at Elderly Services in Middlebury, VT and the Norman Williams Public Libarary in Woodstock, VT.

REGISTRATION is now open!


How it works

The certificate program is designed for active practitioners and leaders in Northern New England's vibrant nonprofit community. To be successful in this program, participants must reserve ten days for the face-to-face workshops at the heart of the program.  A 2018 schedule is included to show topics and the typical daily schedule. The Fall 2019 Schedule will be available soon.




Tuition and financial aid

Tuition for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is $1500. 

Past participants have received financial assistance through VSAC's Non-Degree Grant, and TD Bank's Nonprofit Resources Grant. Former Americorps and VISTA volunteers may be able to use their Segal Education Award to offset tuition costs.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is a significant investment in your personal leadership capacity. You will reap the benefits, but so will your organization, your community and the nonprofit sector at large. We are grateful to the generous support of our funders who allow us to keep tuition reasonable: The Vermont Community Foundation and the AD Henderson Foundation.

The Center for New Leadership also offers a limited number of direct scholarships. 


Optional academic credit

Students who wish to earn graduate credit and apply learning from the certificate program to a real-world project can enroll in NPM601: The Practicum in Nonprofit Management, a 2-credit guided independent study through which students complete projects that improve their organizations in exciting and demonstrable ways. If you are interested in exploring this for-credit option, please contact  Kim Lier or by phone at (802) 251-7690.



  • “I came to Marlboro College's nonprofit management certificate program with questions, and I left with a whole lot of answers. More importantly, however, I left with skills, tools and guidance to carry me forward in my chosen profession.”
  • “It was a great orientation to the world of nonprofits. I left the course with a solid understanding of nonprofit organizations, and I feel confident in applying for nonprofit jobs.”
  • “The Nonprofit Management Certificate Program was a great fast track option for busy working nonprofit leaders. The information was practical, the connections helpful and the faculty very experienced. I have a much more complete skill set to bring back to my work place along with a renewed confidence for tackling tough issues in the nonprofit world.”
  • “I’ve waited more than a year for the opportunity to participate in this Certificate program. It was well worth the wait. Renewing my business knowledge, seeing my organization in a new light and finding or solidifying my personal goals were just some of the benefits for me.”
  • “My job would have been easier having all this information from the start of our organization. Now, I have a plan and the tools to bring our organization to where the founder envisioned.”
  • “This program gave me concrete tools to improve the operation of our board. I very much appreciated the expertise of the other members of the class and the diversity of the organizations represented.”
  • “I found the certificate course enormously helpful. I'm a newcomer to the nonprofit world, and every class brought immediately applicable information. I can't recommend it highly enough.” 

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