Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management Extension Certificate


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Gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector and board governance in Canada, and discover strategies for building successful partnerships and alliances. Learn from experienced nonprofit professionals and acquire relevant skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace.


  • Acquire skills to bolster your current nonprofit workplace or volunteer role
  • Prepare for a career in the nonprofit sector
  • Gain a recognized credential

Program Format

  • Complete the 8 required courses plus 2 optional courses (150 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years

Earn Credit Toward a Degree/Diploma
This program is eligible for transfer credit. For more information contact Business Professional Education at or 403.440.6636.


Required Courses
Fall '16
Winter '17
Introduction to Nonprofit Management
Keys to Managing Nonprofit Organization Strategic Management  
Board Governance in the Nonprofit Sector • 
Introduction to Voluntarism in the Nonprofit Sector  
Program Planning and Evaluation for the Nonprofit Sector  
Ethical Issues in the Nonprofit Sector  •  
Law for the Nonprofit Sector  
Fund Development and Corporate Philanthropy  
Optional Courses (choose 2)      
Marketing and Public Relations in the Nonprofit Sector  
Keys to Managing Nonprofit Organizations II: Roles & Relationships    
Financial Basics: Keeping it Simple for Nonprofit Managers  
The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester.
Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.

Required Courses

We strongly recommend completion of Introduction to Nonprofit Management prior to registering in any other courses in the program.

Introduction to Nonprofit Management
Nonprofit organizations make a significant contribution to our communities and to our economy. Explore the history, magnitude, issues, trends and challenges that affect the sector, with emphasis on leadership and management skills.

Subject code: XNPC 20008 15 Hours. Fee: $329  Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 90140
Online Sept. 12 - Oct. 17
CRN 90364 Online Nov. 7 - Dec. 12

Keys to Managing Nonprofit Organizations I: Strategic Management
Examine the fundamentals of strategic management and explore various approaches to strategic planning. Analyze the impact of your organization’s mission and vision when developing and meeting long-term objectives. Gain an understanding of the role of organizational leadership, culture, complexity and mobilizing resources for change.

Subject code: XNPC 20009 15 Hours. Fee: $329  
CRN 90174OnlineSept. 15 - Oct. 20
CRN 91112OnlineNov. 3 - Dec. 1

Program Planning and Evaluation for the Nonprofit Sector
Explore program planning and assessment principles currently used in the nonprofit sector. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to create new programs and initiatives in a nonprofit organization by creating a plan for a new program from the research stage through evaluation.
Textbook (required): Field Guide to Nonprofit Program Design, Marketing and Evaluation, available at the BookStore.

Subject code: XNPC 20012 15 Hours. Fee $329  
CRN 90188OnlineSept. 28 - Nov. 2

Introduction to Voluntarism in the Nonprofit Sector
Volunteers donate over one billion hours to charities each year, a value of over $14 billion to Canada’s economy. It is imperative for nonprofit organizations to manage this valuable resource effectively. Find out how to plan an effective volunteer program, motivate volunteers, provide meaningful volunteer job development, and recruit, select and train volunteers.

Subject code XNPC 20011 15 Hours. Fee $329  
CRN 90189OnlineNov. 9 - Dec. 14

Board Governance in the Nonprofit Sector
To govern well, boards must understand their work and develop effective, well-thought-out processes that keep the board focused on its work while respecting the roles and responsibilities of the organization’s staff. Examine these issues and investigate various board models and structures, roles of external stakeholders and board fiduciary responsibilities.

Subject code XNPC 20010 15 Hours. Fee $329  
CRN 90141
Online Oct. 20 - Nov. 24

Fund Development and Corporate Philanthropy
Look at fundraising from both a nonprofit and a private sector perspective. From the nonprofit perspective, discuss how to raise funds. On the corporate side, discuss how to create programs that provide funding.

Subject code: XNPC 20015 15 Hours. Fee $329  
CRN 90312OnlineNov. 9 - Dec. 14

Ethical Issues in the Nonprofit Sector
Ethics-based decision making is critical to the long-term success of a nonprofit organization. Explore various ways to approach ethical issues and different ethical decision-making tactics that can be applied to a nonprofit organization, helping to ensure its success.

Subject code: XNPC 20013 15 Hours. Fee $329  
CRN 90372OnlineSept. 13 - Oct. 18

Law for the Nonprofit Sector
It is vital that nonprofit managers understand the legal responsibilities of the organization. Examine a broad range of legal issues, including the laws of trust, contract law, tax law, and human resource laws. Explore a risk management process that has direct application to nonprofit organizations.

Subject code: XNPC 20014  15 Hours. Fee: $329    
CRN 90142
 Online  Nov. 15 - Dec. 20

Optional Courses

Choose 2

Marketing and Public Relations in the Nonprofit Sector
Gain insight into marketing and public relations as they relate to the goals and objectives of nonprofit organizations. This course provides opportunities for networking and small group discussion, and you are expected to develop a marketing and public relations plan for a nonprofit organization.

Subject code: XNPC 20007 15 Hours. Fee: $329  Not offered this semester

Keys to Managing Nonprofit Organizations II: Roles and Relationships
Examine the management functions in nonprofit organizations and identify different strategies for managing them. Learn to recognize the importance of major stakeholders and how to maintain relationships with them and discover the role of transaction and exchange when managing stakeholders.
Recommended: Keys to Managing Nonprofit Organizations I

Subject code: XNPC 20016 15 Hours. Fee: $329 Not offered this semester

Financial Basics: Keeping it Simple for Nonprofit Managers
Examine nonprofit financial management including the accounting cycle, budgeting process and financial management tools. Use case studies to examine the financial relationship between nonprofit organizations and government.

 Subject code: XNPC 20018 15 Hours. Fee: $329
CRN 90311OnlineNov. 10 - Dec. 15

Student Testimonials

“I’m proud to say that because of the support and training I received in the MRU Nonprofit Management Certificate program, I am now serving in a leadership role in the nonprofit sector-and I’m loving every minute of it!”-James Michi , Executive Director, Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association

"Personal examples, guest speakers and sharing of what is going on in the industry."-Nonprofit Management Student

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Contact us

For information about this program:
403.440.6636 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

Customize this program for your organization through our Corporate Training department.

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