Nonprofit Administration

About the Program


The Nonprofit Administration Online Program offers students education and specific training in the field of nonprofit administration. These courses are offered entirely online and are designed for interested students as well as busy professionals working in the nonprofit sector. Practicing administrators and others interested in building skills relating to nonprofit administration are encouraged to register. The courses do not require specific meeting times. Students may elect to take one or all of the courses.

There is no formal application process or enrollment requirement for these courses; you may simply register for the courses using this site.  Students who do not wish to pursue the Professional Certificate may also take the courses individually.

Interested in obtaining a graduate degree? Unique to the University of Montana's MPA Public Administration program is the opportunity to concentrate specifically in nonprofit administration through the  MPA Nonprofit Track. Students in this track take MPA courses (fully online option available) in addition to the (online) courses offered through the UM Professional Certificate program.  Check out the MPA checklist to learn how easy it is to apply these courses towards the degree program.

The Nonprofit Administration Online Program is coordinated by the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning and the Academic Enrichment Civic Engagement in partnership with the Montana Nonprofit Association.

Assistance and Information

To receive more information on the program, the certificate, or for academic advising, please contact Laura Fellin at laura.fellin@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.2586. Laura is located in the Office for Civic Engagement, Davidson Honors College 015.

For registration and course access questions, please contact Clare Kelly at clare.kelly@umontana.edu or 406.243.6496.


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Fees & Policies

Online Courses: $385 each
Internship: $435

Course fees are subject to change. The total cost for the Professional Certificate is approximately $3,000. Required textbooks are listed on course syllabi and may be purchased online (i.e. Amazon, etc.).

Fee Rates

There is no fee differential for out-of-state students and UM tuition fee waivers do not apply.

Withdrawal Policy

Because of the intensive nature of these courses, students must login to the course no later than the third instructional day. Students will not be able to add into a course once it has started. The final deadline to withdraw from a course is one week before the last day of the course. After this date, no withdrawals are allowed and the course grade assigned by the instructor will be posted to the student transcript. To withdraw from a course, please submit a request to Clare Kelly, clare.kelly@umontana.edu.

Refund Schedule

Withdraw by payment deadline: 100% refund
Withdraw during 1st week: 75% refund
Withdraw during 2nd week: 50% refund
Withdraw 3rd week and beyond: no refunds

Please note The University of Montana requires a "Substitute W-9 Form" in order to process refunds for payments made by check. The "Substitute W-9" form requires your Social Security Number.

Financial Aid and Discounts

Financial aid is not available exclusively for the Nonprofit Administration Online Program. However, if students are simultaneously enrolled in a degree-seeking course of study, then the online courses may count toward the minimum credit requirement for financial aid. Please discuss this option with your primary institution of higher education.

Students may use their AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for these courses. However, students must pay for the courses first and then "reimburse" themselves with their Education Award when it arrives. Payment for these courses must be received before the course start date otherwise the registration will be canceled. For more information, please contact Laura Fellin at laura.fellin@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.2586.

Courses

Course Schedule and Descriptions

Fall Semester 2019

Spring Semester 2020

Summer Semester 2020

August 26 - November 1, 2019

January 13 - March 20, 2020

TBA

Volunteer Management
Board Management
Strategic Planning
Fundraising
Financial Management
Internship

Advocacy and Public Policy
Grant Writing
Marketing and Social Media
Internship

Human Resource Management
Internship

Each course will involve approximately 5 hours of work each week: 2.5 hours of online contact and 2.5 hours of study/homework. The one exception to this is Grant Writing, which, due to its intricacies, may require up to ten hours a week. Please note that graduate level work will require additional time.

Syllabi listed below provide an overview of the course content, but are subject to change prior to the course start dates. The official course syllabus will be placed in Moodle (the course delivery system) prior to the beginning of the course.

Required textbooks are noted on the course syllabus and may be purchased online (i.e. Amazon, etc.). Students should purchase textbooks before the first class meeting.

Advocacy and Public Policy (NPAD 405)

Students learn how policy influences nonprofits and how nonprofits impact policy. Students learn advocacy strategies and techniques and examine how laws shape nonprofit involvement in that process. Instructor: Liz Moore
Read the syllabus. For the required textbook, please see the syllabus.

Board Management (NPAD 406)

This course explores the components inherent in creating and maintaining a governing body that promotes a healthy and successful nonprofit organization. Instructor: Keri McWilliams, Adjunct Instructor at the University of Montana.
Read the syllabus.

Financial Management (NPAD 413)

Students learn the basics of financial management for nonprofits and explore special issues related to nonprofit finances including budgeting, reporting, tax issues and accounting.  Instructor: Lisa Swallow, Business Technology Faculty, Missoula College.
Read the syllabus.

Fundraising (NPAD 412)

Students explore the fundamentals of fundraising, including major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, grants and special events and learn specific techniques and strategies for effective fundraising. Instructor: Mel Brittner Wells, 
Read the syllabus

Grant Writing (NPAD 411)

This course teaches students how and where to look for foundation and government funding sources, and the fundamentals of writing effective grant proposals. Instructor: TBD
Syllabus forthcoming

Human Resource Management (NPAD 401)

Students learn about human resource management and apply that understanding to work-life situations. The course also provides an overview of the numerous federal laws, executive orders, and court decisions which have shaped the field of human resource management. Instructor: Adam Brewer, Assistant Professor at the University of Montana.
Read the syllabus. For the required textbook, please see the syllabus.

Program Planning and Evaluation (NPAD 403)

Students learn how to create program plans based on organizational culture, values, goals and objectives, and how to design an evaluation plan that will show grantors and other supporters program impacts.   Instructor: Andrea Vernon, Adjunct instructor at the University of Montana.
Read the syllabus (revised July 2017).

Strategic Planning (NPAD 410)

Students learn strategic planning theory and implementation. They learn a process by which leaders, stakeholders and staff members can bring their shared vision of success into being. Instructor: Jacqueline Wood, M.A.
 Read the syllabus (August 2019).

Volunteer Management (NPAD 402)

This course teaches methods to effectively recruit, train, manage, recognize and reward volunteers. Instructor: Anna-Margaret Goldman, M.A., Ph.D.
Syllabus forthcoming

Marketing and Social Media (NPAD 460)

This course provides students with an overview of basic marketing principles and social media strategies. Students will learn steps to create a marketing plan to further the mission of a nonprofit organization. Instructor: TBD
Syllabus forthcoming

Four-Credit Internship (NPAD 498/PUAD 598)

The internship component of the certificate program includes at least 300 hours of volunteer or paid hours working directly with a nonprofit organization. If the student works at a nonprofit organization, professional work that is aligned with the program focus will qualify as internship credit. Students still sign up and take the internship course and work with the internship advisor to design coursework around professional work tied to nonprofit courses. 

Students will complete various reflection activities, including a formal, 10-page paper, documenting their learning throughout the internship experience.

Instructor consent is required for registration in the internship. Additionally, it is recommended that students complete two to three courses before beginning the internship. To obtain approval, please complete the Internship Registration Request. Questions regarding the internship may be directed to Sara Rinfret in the Office for Civic Engagement at sara.rinfret@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.4702. After approval has been granted, the instructor will send the registrant a link to register online for the internship.

Available for 4 undergraduate (NPAD 498) or graduate credits (PUAD 598). Registration is required before hours can be applied to the internship. NPAD 498 is available for traditional letter grading (e.g., A, B, C) or credit/no credit. PUAD 598 is available for credit/no credit grading only.

Read the syllabus.

Instructors

Adam Brewer, Ph.D.

Courses: Human Resources
Contact: adam.brewer@umontana.edu

Professor Brewer is an assistant professor for the University of Montana’s Master of Public Administration Program. He teaches courses in Human Resource Management, Policy Analysis, Ethics, Legislation & Regulation, and Indian Policy. His writing and research interests are centered on public policy with a focus on the role of narrative in shaping public opinion, the policy process, and policy outcomes. His most recent work analyzed the policy process at the state and local level by exploring the failure of a long-anticipated and massive bi-state public works project, the Columbia River Crossing project, to materialize amid intense public pressure. Professor Brewer grew up in Vancouver, Washington and has fond memories of hiking and camping in the great Pacific Northwest. He lived for a couple of years on the islands of Puerto Rico, Antigua, and St. Kitts, learned to speak Spanish, and fell in love with the people of the Caribbean. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with an undergraduate degree in Political Science. After interning for Senator Patty Murray of Washington State, he continued his studies at Idaho State University receiving a Master of Public Administration and later a Doctor of Arts in Political Science. Before coming to the University of Montana, he was a visiting assistant professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho teaching classes in American politics.

Mel Brittner Wells

Courses: Fundraising
Contact:  mel.brittnerwells@mso.umt.edu

Mel Brittner Wells is an Administrative Associate with the Baucus Institute and the Department of Public Administration & Policy at the University of Montana. Previously, she spent eight years at the nonprofit Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon, working in administration and youth programming during a period of rapid growth. She has an M.A. in book publishing from Portland State University and a Certificate in Arts & Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Anna-Margaret Goldman, M.A., Ph.D.

Courses: Volunteer Management
Contact: anna-margaret.goldman@mso.umt.edu

Anna-Margaret Goldman, M.A., Ph.D., joined the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities as the Director of MonTECH in 2015.  Anna-Margaret graduated from Miami University of Ohio in Organizational Communication. Following college, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and continued her work as a Youth Development Coordinator for The Flagship Program in Missoula, Montana. Anna-Margaret received her Master’s degree and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at The University of Alabama. During this time, she worked for the International Journal of Researcher Development and with the Center of Sustainable Service and Volunteerism to help run a school-based mentoring program. She is excited to bring her background in developing educational programs and trainings, partnering with community organizations, and grant writing/management to the Nonprofit Administration Online Program.

 Keri McWilliams

Courses:  Board Management
Contact:  keri.mcwilliams@umontana.edu

As an adjunct instructor, Keri has been introducing University of Montana students to the importance, role and purpose of the nonprofit sector since 2014. With more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, program management, board governance and nonprofit finance, Keri has worked for, and consulted with, a variety of organizations over her professional career. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Wild Rockies Field Institute, an outdoor, field-based nonprofit organization for college students, headquartered in Missoula, MT. 

Liz Moore

Courses: Advocacy and Public Policy
Contact:

Information forthcoming

Lisa Swallow, CPA CMA MS

Courses: Financial Management
Contact: lisa.swallow@umontana.edu

As a business professor, Lisa Swallow spent over 20 years teaching accounting and business communications courses at California State University Chico, The University of Montana Missoula College, and the School of Financial Studies at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia. She earned a Master of Science from California State University Chico and an MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Puget Sound, which offered one of the first green MBA programs in the country. Lisa has served on a number of nonprofit boards including the Sustainable Business Council, Missoula Conservation Voters, homeWORD and the UM Bookstore.  She was a member on an advisory committee at the University of Montana that created the first climate change minor in the country and also has an active income tax practice.  In 2009, Lisa published “Green Business Practices for Dummies,” which informs readers how to reduce the environmental impact of a business without reducing its bottom line.

Andrea Vernon, Ed.D.

Courses: Program Planning, Internship Advisor (NPAD 498/PUAD 598)
Contact: andrea.vernon@umontana.edu

For more than 25 years Andrea Vernon has worked in Montana higher education service learning, nonprofit administration, and national service programs engaging college students in community-based service and learning experiences. She supports the public service mission of higher education institutions across the state as executive director of Montana Campus Compact and she serves the University of Montana as director of Civic Engagement. Andrea teaches nonprofit administration courses in UM’s Master of Public Administration program. She has degrees in sociology and a Doctorate in Education.

Jacqueline Wood, M.A.

Courses: Strategic Planning
Contact: jmwood4@gmail.com

Jackie has over 10 years of higher education and nonprofit experience. Most recently she worked as the Director of Programs at the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s as a member of the five-person leadership team to strategically evaluate and determine current and future initiatives. She has been an adjunct faculty member for Winona State University since 2009 and is excited to be joining the University of Montana’s Nonprofit Administration Online Program team. She has a Master of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. 

 

 

 

 

Registration

Registration for courses in the Nonprofit Administration Online Program closes about two weeks before course start dates. Please register early. Each course carries a maximum enrollment and will be closed to registration when full. Each course also carries a minimum enrollment; therefore, a sufficient number of registered, paid students is required by the registration deadline or the course will be canceled and full refunds issued to students. We strongly encourage not waiting until the last minute to register as the courses may be full or canceled due to low enrollment.

If you are new to or relatively unfamiliar with the nonprofit sector, you are still welcome in these courses. A great resource for beginning to familiarize yourself with nonprofit organizations can be found at Basic Overview of Nonprofit Organizations. You can also refer back to this page and its links if you find yourself on unfamiliar ground in any of the courses.

The material taught and used in these courses largely concerns 501(c)3, or "charitable" nonprofit organizations. In many cases, however, knowledge gained can be adapted for use in other types of nonprofits.

2019 - 2020 Course Registration

Course Title

Course Dates

Registration

 Fall Semester 2019

August 26 - November 1, 2019

Volunteer Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Management

Strategic Planning

Fundraising

Financial Management

 Spring Semester 2020

January 13 - March 20, 2020

Advocacy and Public Policy

 

 



Open 

 

Grant Writing*

Marketing and Social Media

 Summer Semester 2020

TBA

 

Human Resource Management

 

*Please note: For the Grant Writing course, students will write pieces of a grant proposal and must come to the course with a nonprofit in mind to work with on the grant. If you do not currently work for a nonprofit, or are not affiliated with one, please be sure to find one prior to the start of the course. You may contact Dr. Briggs at cindy.briggs@umontana.edu for ideas and suggestions.

Professional Certificate

Professional Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is a 16-credit, fully online professional certificate program offered at the undergraduate or graduate level. The mission of the program is to build leadership capacity and professional skills for students to lead, manage and support nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

In the last 10 years, the U.S. nonprofit sector has grown by 20% in contrast to a growth rate of 2 to 3% in the for-profit sector (U.S. Department of Labor). Employment needs have increased, the need for a talented pipeline of professionals is high. In Montana, the nonprofit sector employs 11.4% of the workforce. The nonprofit sector in Montana is the second largest employment industry in the state behind retail trade (MT Nonprofit Sector Report).

UM’s Civic Engagement office partnered with the Montana Nonprofit Association in 2005 to research the need for professional development of nonprofit employees and found there was a large gap in accessibility, especially in rural Montana, to professional development. It is approved through The University of Montana Academic Standards and Curriculum Review Committee and the Graduate Council.

To further its mission, the program's objectives include the following:

  • Create a foundation of knowledge about the sector to inform skill development
  • Teach students unique aspects of working in and managing nonprofit organizations
  • Emphasize specific professional competencies for excellence in the field
  • Recognize the value and contribution of the nonprofit sector in society and the economy
  • Provide university graduate level professional preparation and connects to the MPA nonprofit administration track.

The program's primary function is to prepare nonprofit leaders with the professional skills and competencies to elevate the sector resulting in stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities locally, nationally and globally.

Through a set of core courses and an internship, students combine theoretical learning about nonprofit practices such as grant writing, strategic planning, fundraising and human resource management with hands-on experience at a nonprofit organization. Students must complete at least 12 credits from among a series of 2-credit online courses in addition to completing a 4-credit internship course. A grade of C or above must be achieved in order to receive credit toward the Professional Certificate. Credit cannot be granted retroactively for courses that were previously completed on a non-credit basis.

Certification Process

The program certification process is simple and designed to be self-directed. The initial notification of a student's intent to complete the professional certificate is provided through the submission of the Internship Registration Request which is a prerequisite to the course registration.  The second notification is provided through the submission of the Intent to Certify form once the full program requirements are met . Finally, students are required to submit a copy of their UM transcript to the Office for Civic Engagement by way of email attachment, laura.fellin@mso.umt.edu. UM Transcripts are accessible via Cyberbear. Please ensure that all completed courses appear on the transcript prior to submission.

Once all documentation is received and verified, the certificate will be sent directly to the address provided in the Intent to Certify form.

Assistance and Information

To receive more information on the program, the certificate, AmeriCorps Education Award use, or for academic advising, please contact Laura Fellin at laura.fellin@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.2586. Laura is located in the Office for Civic Engagement, Davidson Honors College 015.

For registration and course access questions, please contact Clare Kelly at clare.kelly@umontana.edu or 406.243.6496.  Clare is located in the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning.