October 17, 2011

Johns Hopkins launches certificate in nonprofit management

Johns Hopkins has launched an online graduate certificate in nonprofit management, designed for working professionals who are looking to expand their expertise in nonprofit management with the latest skills and approaches taught by faculty at the forefront of their careers. The certificate will be offered through the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Advanced Academic Programs.

Coursework for the certificate will build on the university’s existing programs and research covering nonprofits in the United States and around the world. Applications are now being accepting for the inaugural class, which will begin its studies in January 2012.

“The fully online certificate in nonprofit management recognizes the substantial role nonprofits play in the formulation and delivery of public services, and as vehicles for citizen influence and expression,” said Kathy Wagner, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies. “The course work focuses on building the specific analytical and management skills needed by those assuming leadership roles in a variety of nonprofit fields.”

The certificate consists of six courses: Influence and Impacts of Nonprofits, Principles of Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Governance and Executive Leadership, Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits, Program Development and Evaluation, and Resource Development and Marketing.

“All of the courses feature a global perspective for relevance in today’s world of interconnected economies and communication,” said Char Mollison, coordinator of the program and one of its faculty members. “For students in other countries, the courses offer a greater understanding of the role and potential of nongovernmental organizations, and convey the best practices emerging from the American experience.”

Mollison is a veteran nonprofit executive whose service includes senior positions at the Council on Foundations, an association of grant makers; and Independent Sector, a national coalition of nonprofits and philanthropies. She has been teaching graduate courses for 14 years, and as a consultant has advised many nonprofits in the United States and abroad, including Eastern and Central Europe, China, Africa and Bangladesh.

For more about the certificate program, go to nonprofit.jhu.edu or contact Char Mollison at nonprofit@jhu.edu.