CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS Helping individuals increase their nonprofit organization's sustainability.

Certificate Programs

The San Antonio Area Foundation encourages life-long learning and provides certificate programs that help individuals increase their nonprofit organization's sustainability.

After a brief hiatus, we have re-tooled and are bringing back our certificate programs.  You can now earn a certificate in Nonprofit Management, Fundraising or Grant Writing from the Area Foundation.  And, bonus, you can earn a certificate in far less time!

Classes are still offered individually for those interested in enrolling in classes to build skills in a specific area without enrolling in a certificate program.


Certification Class Description And Schedule for 2023 is coming soon

About the Program

San Antonio Area Foundation Nonprofit Management Certificate Program – Offered Twice a Year

Taught by subject matter experts, this program covers an array of essential topics for the nonprofit leader: board governance, development, leadership, organizational health, financial oversight, volunteer management and social media.  This 36-contact hour program can be completed in just under two months and culminates in a certificate of completion.

New this year – access to a community board to facilitate peer learning and resource sharing between sessions.

Interested in a specific topic?  Prefer not to sign-up for the entire program?  You can enroll in individual classes by visiting our events calendar. 

Who Should Attend?

This certificate program is open to all staff members, board members and volunteers who want to learn more about managing a nonprofit as well as for those interested in transitioning to the nonprofit sector.

The program is offered virtually this Spring.

Fee - $860

Payment Plan

A payment plan is available until March 31.  The first half of the online payment is due upon registration.  The second half payment will be automatically charged to your credit card in 30 days from the initial payment.  There is a $25 fee to use the payment plan.

Register Here

Contact us for more information.

Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez

Learning and Development Manager

In this day and a half-long course, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully navigate the grant writing process and how to manage a grant once it’s awarded.  To be offered twice this year, this two-part event will cover:

  • The foundational writing process for grants
  • What to include in grant applications and how to say it
  • How to manage an award and keep your funders satisfied

Stay tuned for information on our 2023 session.

Find out how to strategize and implement your fundraising plan with tried and true events and the latest fundraising trends in this daylong workshop that will be offered twice in 2022. Led by a local fundraising expert, you will:

  • Gain high-powered fundraising insight
  • Understand the mechanics of fundraising and how to fundraise to your audience
  • Create successful fundraising events
  • Learn how to measure success
  • Identify ways to thank donors in a meaningful, effective way to ensure future contributions

Stay tuned for information on our 2023 session.

Interested in taking classes to meet your needs, but not in enrolling in the certificate program? You can do that!  Our flexible workshops start in April and cover an array of topics.

Classes cover an array of essential topics: development, leadership, working with volunteers, understanding financials, using social media and board governance. 

Note: Some classes are also offered as part of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program. These can still be enrolled in individually.

Stay tuned for information on our 2023 classes.

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