Certificate Requirements

Established in 2001, the Nonprofit Development Leadership and Management certificate program offers the opportunity to earn a leadership and management certificate after completing certain requirements and a number of classes. The certificate program focuses on providing the skills needed by current and future leaders of nonprofit organizations. The program is designed to build a foundation of skills in the following core areas

  • Board and Executive Relations
  • Leadership and Management Skills
  • Fund Development and Marketing and
  • Business Management

To earn the nonprofit leadership and management development certificate a participant must complete 80 hours of classes, described below:


  • Participants must enroll in the orientation class. 
  • Must complete a minimum number of classroom hours in each core area
    • Board and Executive Relations (8 required hours)
    • Leadership and Management Skills (8 required hours)
    • Fund Development and Marketing (8 required hours)
    • Business Management (12 required hours)
  • Complete an additional 40 hours of electives from the above core areas.
  • Complete a four-hour capstone course.

You must be enrolled in the program to earn credit towards completion of the certificate. To be enrolled in the program, a participant must attend an orientation class. The courses are offered in either four-hour or eight-hour blocks and are held at the Roanoke Higher Education Center and on the West Campus of Radford University.


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RU nonprofit leadership and management development certificate program requirements