Certificate Programs

The Center for Nonprofit Studies


(CNS) offers several Certificates in critical areas of nonprofit practice: Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Effective Fundraising, Nonprofit Financial Management, Volunteer Management, and Grant Writing.

We recognize many nonprofit practitioners and volunteer leaders come to their work through passion, rather than by way of a formal education that has taught individuals how to effectively lead, manage, and manifest their passion.

Participants receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that may be applied toward their disciplines’ professional development credits.

All Certificates are eligible for AmeriCorps education award funds and Hazlewood Act tuition exemption programs.

CNS is looking to bridge this educational gap for those working within the Central Texas nonprofit sector and beyond. Our Certificates offer a systematic and comprehensive approach to learning, which focuses on participants becoming more self-aware, confident, and reflective leaders. Further, we aim to garner our Alumni with a strong sense of professionalism, commitment and passion as the continue to work within the nonprofit sector.

Our Certificate faculty are impassioned experts with extensive experience in their specific areas of practice. Each is an ardent advocate of the effective nonprofit principles and practices, and seek to impart this knowledge to all Certificate participants.


Years of Service


Certificate Courses

Our Certificates


A disciplined view of self, the organizations in which you operate, and the Texas Nonprofit Sector.


Key competencies required to be a self-aware, confident, reflective, ethical fundraising professional.


Tools, frameworks, and concepts necessary for effective nonprofit financial management.


Learn key steps in the volunteer management process and develop skills and techniques useful to any organizational leader.


An intensive, hands-on opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment..


Join the Community

“I highly recommend the CNLM [Nonprofit Leadership and Management] program. This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and grow into a great leader in your community.”

Mark Turk

Executive Director/Founder, Beyond the Grade

“Best class [Grant Writing] I have ever taken! It made something scary fun & gave me confidence.”

Veronique Medrano

Veronique Unlimited, LLC

“I enrolled in this program [Effective Fundraising] with zero fund-raising experience or knowledge and came away knowing that there are some amazingly talented people who can help my organization get started at the right time. I also
now have a thick notebook filled with news I can use, for those times when guidance is needed. (There will be many!) I learned from the presenters and my classmates and discovered a whole new community of thoughtful, passionate, creative and talented people who care deeply about enhancing the capacity of their organizations to carry out their missions.”

Barbara Johnson

Executive Director, Austin Area Research Organization (AARO)

“Should be required course [Volunteer Management] for all volunteer coordinators and managers.”

Staff Member

El Buen Samaritano

“This class [Nonprofit Financial Management] gave me a deeper and broader knowledge of our complex financials to lead and work more closely and more effectively with my CFO, the Finance Committee, and the Board.”

David C. Smith

CEO, United Way