This program was developed for emerging nonprofit leaders and those new to the sector. The content is designed to broaden awareness across a breadth of management topics in a flexible, online offering. Learn from faculty and practitioners and apply these nonprofit management essentials to your position.
Nonprofit Management Essentials is fully funded by The Allstate Foundation and powered by content from the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management.
Independent 24/7/365 online learning. Choose any module, start any time, proceed at your own pace.
On-Demand – Independent online learning at your own pace, available 24/7/365. Each module includes two to four short video segments and exercises that you can access at your convenience. Experience all or just some of the ten topics below. Log onto each topic separately.
Online Connection – A fully asynchronous, eight-week facilitated online learning experience and interaction with peers. Content and exercises are released on a weekly basis. Time commitment is approximately three hours per week. Registration is required.
DIY Facilitation – Do-It-Yourself Facilitation content consists of two modules teaching you to structure and facilitate a cohort learning experience of your own.
Asynchronous, facilitated online learning.
Our next cohort begins on October 17. Registration deadline is October 10.
Video segments & facilitation manual. Learn to facilitate a cohort learning experience for your organization.
On-Demand & Online Connection
On-Demand - Access what you want, when you want it.
DIY Facilitation - Access at your convenience. A combination of video content and a facilitation manual teaching you to facilitate a group learning experience. The power is in your hands.
Can you tell me more about the content of the program?
This program is a survey of essential topics in nonprofit management. We like to say that the content is “an inch deep and a mile wide” and is designed to help build foundational awareness across a range of topics for emerging leaders and those new to the nonprofit sector.
Will I receive a certificate for participating?
No. The Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management provides the content for Nonprofit Management Essentials, but this program is not part of a certificate or degree program and cannot be applied for credit at the Kellogg School or Northwestern University.
That said, at the end of the 8-week Online Connection program, individuals who participate fully through assignments and discussions will receive instructions from The Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center for updating their LinkedIn profile to identify their accomplishment.
Can people from outside the U.S. participate?
The content has been designed for emerging nonprofit leaders in the United States, so some content is grounded in the societal norms and standards of the nonprofit sector in the United States, but enrollment is open to all.
Who sponsors this program?
This program is fully sponsored by the Allstate Foundation.
On-Demand - To access video content, you must create an account in Canvas, Northwestern’s online learning management system. You only need to create an account to access Nonprofit Management Essentials once. Once you are registered, simply click on “Returning User” to log into your account and access the video module of your choice. Each module contains approximately 30 minutes of video content with paired exercises.
Online Connection - To access Online Connection, complete the program application. You will receive confirmation that you are registered within 24 hours. One week prior to the program start date, you will receive an invitation to join the Canvas course site.
DIY Facilitation - First, register for On-Demand. Come back to this page and click through to Canvas to access DIY Facilitation content. Login using your existing Canvas login information. The next time you log into Canvas, you will see both the On-Demand and DIY Facilitation pages on your Canvas dashboard.