University of Chicago accepting applications for certificate in nonprofit management program

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Free, two-year program helps strengthen nonprofit organizations working on Chicago’s South Side


Applications are now being accepted for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program offered by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement’s Community Programs Accelerator and School of Social Service Administration (SSA) to help nonprofit professionals in their work to build a stronger South Side.

The free, two-year program is designed for early to mid-stage nonprofit professionals. Leaders who earn the certificate will be equipped to create, grow and operate sustainable, effective community-based organizations. And because the program is cohort-based, participants will develop a strong network of peers who are engaged in the effort to improve the quality of life in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

A core course plus evening and weekend workshops form the heart of the program. The core course will be taught by SSA Assistant Instructional Professor Jessica Darrow, PhD. Workshops, taught by practitioners from major nonprofits and consulting firms through the Community Programs Accelerator, will cover topics essential to operating an effective nonprofit, including how to build a productive board, use financial tools, improve fundraising and marketing, and evaluate programming.  Online courses will begin in late September.

Nonprofit sector employees who work in or focus on Chicago’s South Side; current or prospective board members of community-based organizations; and volunteers with a long-term commitment to an organization’s mission are invited to apply. Prerequisites include a bachelor's degree or 300 hours of verifiable work or volunteer experience at a nonprofit, plus a demonstrated commitment to South Side neighborhoods.

The application is available at http://myssa.uchicago.edu/pdp/cnmp/. The application deadline is 11:59 P.M. CST August 21, 2020. 

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is supported by the Michael Reese Health Trust, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

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