Nonprofit Management Certificate Programs

Choose from a series of focused, in-depth trainings that will culminate in earning a Nonprofit Management Certification in one of three areas: general nonprofit management, fundraising and leadership development.

The San Antonio Area Foundation, in partnership with Our Lady of the Lake University's (OLLU) School of Business and Leadership, offers deeper and more comprehensive learning built around seven core nonprofit capacities: organizational management, leadership management, fundraising, marketing and communications, financial management, governance, and staff, volunteer and board management.

We are not accepting new registrations at this time. 

Classes are held at the Area Foundation office and are led by Area Foundation approved trainers or by OLLU faculty from the School of Business and Leadership. Each self-paced certificate track can be completed within one year or less. All three tracks can be completed in two years. 

Each certificate program requires at least 36 hours of study (typically 12, three-hour classes) which have been determined by the Area Foundation and OLLU to thoroughly cover each subject. While some are required, there are others that are elective, allowing you the flexibility to tailor the program to your professional needs and experience.

The chart below outlines the required number of training hours in each of the seven core competencies, depending on the type of certificate you are seeking. Sessions are generally three or six hours in length.

  General Nonprofit


Organizational Management 6 hours -- 9 hours
Fundraising 6 hours 15 hours --
Marketing & Communications 3 hours 9 hours 3 hours
Financial Management 6 hours 6 hours 6 hours
Managing Staff & Volunteers 3 hours 3 hours --
Leadership 6 hours 3 hours 12 hours
Nonprofit Governance 6 hours -- 6 hours


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