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. It is currently one of 4 tracks offered within the MPA program. Students in this track take MPA courses (fully online option available) in addition to the (online) courses offered through the UM Professional Certificate program.  

The Nonprofit Administration Online Program is coordinated by the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning and the Office for 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 cancelled. For more information, please contact Laura Fellin at laura.fellin@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.2586.

Courses

Course Schedule and Descriptions

Fall Semester 2017

Spring Semester 2018

Summer Semester 2018

August 31 - November 8, 2017

January 22 - March 30, 2018

May 22 - July 27, 2018

Volunteer Management
Board Management
Strategic Planning
Fundraising
Financial Management
Internship

Program Planning and Evaluation
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 (PSCI 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: Cindy Briggs, Ph.D.
Read the syllabus. For the required textbook, please see the syllabus.

Board Management (PSCI 406)

This course explores the components inherent in creating and maintaining a governing body that promotes a healthy and successful nonprofit organization. Instructor: Terry Profota, Adjunct Professor in the College of Business at Montana State University and president of Sage Solutions consulting.
Read the syllabus (revised August 2017).

Financial Management (PSCI 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 (PSCI 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: Cindy Briggs, Ph.D.
Read the syllabus (revised August 2017). For the required textbook, please see the syllabus.

Grant Writing (PSCI 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: Cindy Briggs, Ph.D.
Read the syllabus.

Human Resource Management (PSCI 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: Colleen Kane, Adjunct Instructor at the University of Montana.
Read the syllabus. For the required textbook, please see the syllabus.

Program Planning and Evaluation (PSCI 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: Keegan Flaherty, Adjunct instructor at the University of Montana.
Read the syllabus (revised July 2017).

Strategic Planning (PSCI 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: Keegan Flaherty, Adjunct instructor at the University of Montana.
Read the syllabus (revised July 2017). For the required textbook, please see the syllabus.

Volunteer Management (PSCI 402)

This course teaches methods to effectively recruit, train, manage, recognize and reward volunteers. Instructor: Cindy Briggs, Ph.D.
Read the syllabus. For the required textbook, please see the syllabus.

Marketing and Social Media (PSCI 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: Niki Robinson.
Read the syllabus.

Four-Credit Internship (PSCI 498/598)

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 Colleen Kane in the Office for Civic Engagement at colleen.kane@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.5128. After approval has been granted, the instructor will send the registrant a link to register online for the internship.

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

Read the syllabus.

Instructors

Dr. Cindy Briggs, CFRE

Courses: Advocacy & Public Policy, Fundraising, Grant Writing, Volunteer Management
Contact:  cindy.briggs@umontana.edu

Dr. Cindy Briggs has over 20 years of nonprofit and fundraising experience. Beginning her fundraising career in college, Dr. Briggs has held various positions within nonprofits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kentucky Humane Society, Goodwill Industries, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Most recently, Dr. Briggs served as a nonprofit consultant helping both small and large organizations succeed in governance and fundraising. She teaches for The University of Montana and Collin College and is a frequent speaker at national conferences.

Dr. Briggs holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, an MA in Higher Education, an MPA with emphasis in nonprofit management, and a BA in Communication/Public Relations. She also obtained her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2006.

Colleen Kane, M.Ed.

Courses: Human Resource Management; Internship Advisor
Contact: colleen.kane@umontana.edu

Originally from Michigan, Colleen earned her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and a graduate degree in Continuing and College Education from Western Washington University. She serves as the Civic Engagement Office's Associate Director of Civic Engagement and Student Programs.  In this role, she manages student volunteer and national service programs, teaches in the Honors College and Nonprofit Administration Programs, and coordinates campus and community partnerships.  

Keegan Flaherty, MSW

Courses:  Program Planning, Strategic Planning
Contact: keegan.flaherty@gmail.com

Keegan Flaherty works with the Asset Management Team at Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation (CDC) as the Client Success Manager, as well as a consultant to local nonprofits. Prior to joining the Montana & Idaho CDC, Keegan served as the Executive Director of the Montanan Innocence Project and a consultant at a nationwide philanthropic consulting firm that provided strategic planning, counsel, training, and administration services to nonprofits. She has worked with over 30 nonprofits nationwide and has served on the Blue Mountain Clinic Board, Social Justice Fund Northwest Board, and Poverello Center Board. Keegan received her BA in Communication Studies and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Montana. 

Annette Leeland

Courses:  Board Management
Contact:  akleeland@gmail.com

Annette Leeland is a 30 year veteran of the non-profit world and has served most of her career at the CEO or Chief Development Officer levels. She has worked for small rural non-profits, led statewide organizations and foundations and consulted with non-profits of all sizes and configurations. In all these cases, she has been exposed to an incredible array of boards, both highly functional and unbelievably dysfunctional, all of whom have contributed to the information assembled here both in the development of the "best practices" presented and cautionary tales about red flags and what to avoid. A highly functioning board coupled with a strong chief executive is a great recipe for a successful organization and it is her hope that this material will form a great foundation to making that team a reality.

Annette currently live in Paradise Valley and when not enjoying all the outdoor activities available in this miraculous environment, she consults in the areas of fundraising and strategic planning and offers executive coaching to non-profit leaders. Additionally, she is working on a book about fundraising in small to mid-sized non-profits in rural communities. A seminar she presented titled “Developing a Culture of Philanthropy in Geographically Dispersed Organizations” at the International Conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) forms the main thesis of this passion project.

Annette also loves to travel and has lived for extended periods in Europe, Asia and Central America. Those travel experiences, her passion for cooking and learning people’s stories led her to earn a master’s in cultural anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. It is this anthropological "worldview" she believes that has contributed to her satisfaction and success in the non-profit world.

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.

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 http://www.managementhelp.org/org_thry/np_thry/np_intro.htm. 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.

2017 - 2018 Course Registration

Course Title

Course Dates

Registration

 Fall Semester 2017

August 31 - November 8, 2017

Volunteer Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Management

Strategic Planning

Fundraising

Financial Management

 Spring Semester 2018

January 22 - March 30, 2018

Program Planning and Evaluation

 

 

 

Open

 

Advocacy and Public Policy

Grant Writing*

Marketing and Social Media

 Summer Semester 2018

May 21 - Jul 27, 2018

 

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 Online Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is approved through The University of Montana Academic Standards and Curriculum Review Committee and the Graduate Council. 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.