Mendoza School of Business

Nonprofit Certificate Education

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Commit your nonprofit to professional and personal growth.

The Nonprofit Professional Development certificate programs allow busy nonprofit leaders to keep up with the changing face of nonprofit. Through custom and online program offerings, you’ll gain the business and management skills you need to compete in the sector.

This program is perfect for professionals and students from different disciplines who are looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to better their nonprofit. Plus, with continuous education in demand in this sector, this program is a great way to stay ahead of the game.



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Highlights: Your Program Experience

As a busy nonprofit professional, you don’t have time to commit to another year’s-long degree. This is why Notre Dame collaborates with Mendoza College of Business faculty and subject experts to design quality custom programs specific to your needs and which align with the needs of different networks and service providers, ultimately giving you the best opportunity for success.

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A Program that Fits Your Schedule

Choose from a list of topics that line up with your specific needs and can accommodate your busy schedule.

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Consolidate Your Learning

Get the accelerated learning you need, when you need it. Plus, we’ve got a rolodex of topics just for nonprofit use.

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Empower your Future

Get a mix of visionary leadership skills and new tools for better organizational management designed to help you lead your organizations toward your goals.

Elevate Your Career

This program is more than just a certification. Notre Dame offers not only the programs, courses and curriculum for you to succeed, but also the extra support and guidance after you complete the program. Benefits include:

Be the front-runner of your peers. The knowledge and skills you’ll accumulate during this certification program will help move you up the ladder when it comes to career opportunities.

Go ahead, reach out to that instructor or go to that event. Notre Dame instructors will help and encourage you to take advantage of all opportunities to network and build your contact list.

What You’ll Learn

Programs are available in both custom and online formats, giving you the opportunity to choose from a variety of offerings that will best suit your needs.

Custom Program Offerings

Programs custom-designed for your organization’s needs.

Designed with a highly adaptable approach, Notre Dame’s custom programs are a proven way to help nonprofit leaders strengthen business and management skills. We will work with your leadership team to create effective and efficient programs, drawing from many topics including:

  • Business Communications
  • Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Public Relations and Media Training
  • Fund Development
  • Grant Proposal / Writing
  • Strategic Planning

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Online Program Offerings

Certificate courses available anytime, anywhere, Notre Dame’s online programs offer high-quality business education that recognizes your busy schedule. In addition to class lectures, you can also interact with the University’s expert faculty via virtual office hours, chat rooms and message boards.

Nonprofit programs include:

  • Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development
  • Leading Nonprofit Boards
  • Fundraising and Grant Strategies
  • Effective Grant Proposal Writing
  • And so much more!

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Registration for programs under the Nonprofit Certificate Education is open to all interested candidates, though we recommend registrants to have at least two years of nonprofit experience in order to enhance their knowledge in the course. The first step is to look at our calendar of events below. If you need further aid in getting a program date set-up, please contact us.

Participant Fee

Fee is dependent upon the program you choose. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Catholic Leadership Program

July 11 – July 18, 2020

Our 10th annual Catholic Leadership Program is geared for professionals who work in Catholic organizations around the world. This eight-day certificate program will take place on the Notre Dame Campus. This is part of the university’s philanthropic commitment to support the mission of Catholic organizations through the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Click here to see program PDF.

Program Agenda

  • This instruction and all materials for this program are being funded by a private donor. There will be a program fee of $495 which covers the cost of the welcome reception, breakfast and lunch daily, and a final banquet.
  • The Catholic Leadership Program will accommodate a maximum of 50 individuals.
  • Registrations will be processed on a first come-first serve basis, and will be accepted until July 1.
  • Accommodations (2 options): Air-conditioned residence halls are available the nights of July 10 through July 18. The price for a single is $59 per night. You must register for the residence halls on-line. We have also blocked a number of rooms at the Inn at St. Mary’s. They provide shuttle service to and from the University of Notre Dame. Room rates are $135/night. Please call 574-232-4000 if you wish to stay at the Inn.
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BRITE Women Project Networking Night Out

Join us for a game-changing event for women interested in pursuing a seat at the table on a nonprofit board.

The Board Readiness Initiative to Empower (BRITE) Women Project Networking Night Out will feature four dynamic panelists who will discuss different aspects of nonprofit board service, including knowing when you’re ready to serve; leveraging your executive presence; effectively communicating your value proposition; and enhancing your professional networking skills.

BRITE Women Networking Night Out (agenda)
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
5:30-8:00 p.m.

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Rooms L061 & L062 (Lower Level)
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Who should attend?

  • Women interested in or currently serving on nonprofit boards, including college/universities, hospitals
  • Emerging leaders and young professionals
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Nonprofit leaders
  • Women passionate about social justice and impact

Meet our panelists

  • Mary Adeniyi, Learning & Organizational Development Consultant, University of Notre Dame
  • Kim Becker, Founder and President, Hello Gorgeous! of Hope Inc.
  • Amanda G. McKendree, Arthur F. and Mary J. O’Neil Director of the Fanning Center for Business Communication, University of Notre Dame
  • Vivian Sallie, Sallie and Associates

Bethany Hartley, director of diversity and inclusion, The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership, will facilitate the event.

Local nonprofit experts will also lead round table discussions on topics related to board service.

Cost is $25. Refreshments provided. Registration is now full. To join the wait list or sign up for future emails, contact Joan McClendon at 574-631-5320 or via email at

The BRITE Women Project (Board Ready Initiative to Empower Women Project) is sponsored by Nonprofit Professional Development at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Its goal is to equip women with the skills they need to provide transformational nonprofit board leadership that benefits our communities.

Money for Your Mission

Sept. 11, Oct. 9-10, Nov. 13-14, Dec. 11, 2019

The University of Notre Dame will be hosting a 6-day certificate education program entitled “Money for Your Mission.” This program provides a comprehensive overview of fundraising for full-time professionals and/or volunteers working in the nonprofit sector. This program will be a lively, highly interactive, and practical learning experience. Together, we will explore donor acquisition, retention, upgrades, moves management, and stewardship. Participants will also get realistic and evidence-based benchmarks of success to help them evaluate and improve their agency’s development plan for their agency based on the research, tools, techniques and strategies covered in this program. If you want to create a sustainable and renewable stream of philanthropic revenue for your agency, you’ll want to sign-up for this program. Preliminary Program

Program investment for six days is $1,195.

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For more information, contact Kim Brumbaugh, program manager at the University of Notre Dame, at 574-631-6073 or via email at:

BRITE Women Boot Camp

October 17-19, 2019
Degree of  Type: Non-degree Certificate (NOTE: Continuing Education Units are available)
Boot Camp cost: $995.00 (including 4 additional professional development sessions). To receive the $300 off, sign up by Sept. 15 with the promotional code BRITE300. 

Women in the United States are underrepresented on nonprofit and for-profit boards, and those who serve on those boards could add to their skillset with additional training in board governance, managing resources, networking and other executive skills. This two-day, non-degree certificate education boot camp is designed for women who currently serve or are interested in serving on nonprofit boards. The Board Readiness Initiative to Empower Women (BRITE) Women Project will prepare women with nonprofit financial skills, and the readiness needed to attain a board seat and serve effectively on nonprofit boards.

Sessions include:

  • “Business as a Force for Good” with Angela Logan
  • Elevating Your Networking: Taking your ability to connect with others to the next level with Alice Obermiller
  • Nonprofit Financials with Katherine Spiess
  • Creating a Culture of Giving in your Organization with Aimee Laramore
  • Work-Life Integration with Nancy Owsianowski
  • Confident and Effective Communication with Amanda McKendree
  • Elevate your Professional Profile with LaTonia Ferguson

Who Should Attend?

  1. Women interested in or currently serving on nonprofit boards, including college/universities, hospitals
  2. Emerging leaders and young professionals
  3. Entrepreneurs
  4. Nonprofit leaders 
  5. Women passionate about social justice and impact


  1. Understanding nonprofit financial statements
  2. Effective communication skills for board service
  3. Expand their professional  leadership skills 
  4. Networking opportunities
  5. Practical and experiential nonprofit board learning experience    
Register Now

For more information and to sign up for future emails, contact Joan McClendon at 574-631-5320 or via email at


The BRITE Women Project (Board Ready Initiative to Empower Women Project) is sponsored by Nonprofit Professional Development at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Its goal is to equip women with the skills they need to provide transformational nonprofit board leadership that benefits our communities.

Contact Us

To learn more about our custom programs, please contact the Director of Nonprofit Certificate Education, Marc Hardy, at (574) 631-1087 or