Nonprofit Manager + Professional Grant Writing

If you are looking for a meaningful career that helps others, the Nonprofit Manager + Professional Grant Writing course is a perfect place to start. This bundle of courses will show you everything you need to know to transform good intentions into a professional plan of action.

The Nonprofit Manager course will look at the most important aspect of nonprofits—your mission and how to define that—which will help should you want to start a nonprofit. You will also study governance and leadership...

12 Months / 190 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES2114

What you will learn

  • Differentiate between the different nonprofit sectors
  • Define your nonprofit's mission and vision
  • Identify the roles of governance and leadership
  • Apply management skills to lead volunteers
  • Create a fundraising plan
  • Identify marketing and communication tools
  • Apply DEI within your organization
  • Describe how a certification enhances professionalism and opportunities for grant writers
  • List the skills needed to be a professional grant writer
  • Describe how current trends can impact the distribution of funds in the private and public sectors
  • Describe how to match grant funders and fundable programs
  • Describe organizational missions, cultures, and norms and how they impact grant readiness
  • Using best practices, create a logic model showing interrelationships among elements of project design
  • Write an evaluation plan using community resources and cultural competencies
  • Prepare a grant budget with appropriate costs, cash, in-kind or leveraged matches
  • Describe the grant writer's role in post-award grant management and transition

How you will benefit

  • Learn skills and develop strategies to get your nonprofit organization successfully off the ground
  • Obtain an understanding of how to be a strong leader in this field
  • Gain confidence in your ability to work at a nonprofit organization and get closer to achieving your personal career goals
  • Communicate effectively with grant funders for relationship cultivation
  • Submit a grant proposal
  • Write a persuasive case statement
  • Use a professional code of ethics to guide decisions and conduct

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 190 course hours
  1. Nonprofit Manager
    1. The Nonprofit Sector
    2. Defining Your Mission/Imagining Your Vision
    3. Governance and Leadership
    4. Volunteer Management
    5. Nonprofit Finance
    6. Fund Development
    7. Other Revenue Sources
    8. Other Revenue Sources
    9. Other Revenue Sources
    10. Human Resources
    11. Human Resources
    12. Change is The Only Constant
    13. Nonprofit Manager Final Exam
  2. Professional Grant Writing
    1. Why Get a Grant Writing Certification
    2. Being Confident in Your Grant Writing Skills
    3. Grant Funding Trends
    4. Grant Funding Resources and Best Matches for Programs and Projects
    5. Establishing Initial and Ongoing Relationships with Funders
    6. Relationship Between Organizational Development and Grant Seeking Readiness
    7. Proposal Writing Preparation
    8. Proposal Writing Research, Implementation Strategies, Writing Characteristics, and Incorporating Graphics
    9. Writing the Boilerplate for the Grant Applicant Organization
    10. Diving Deep into Organizational Development Strategies and Funding Needs
    11. Midterm Exam and Writing Prompt Response
    12. Stakeholders, Partnerships, and Key Personnel Collaborations and Communications
    13. Effective Program and Project Design and Development Strategies
    14. Community Resources, Evaluation Designs, and Cultural Competencies
    15. Proposal Budgets
    16. Grant Proposal Submission Processes and Follow-up for Unfunded Submissions
    17. Funded Grant Requests
    18. Writing an Effective Case Statement for Fundraising Purposes
    19. Capstone Assignment: Case Statement
    20. Deciding to Move Forward with Certification
    21. Employability Ethics
    22. Bonus Lesson: Interview Pregame
    23. Professional Grant Writing Final Exam

Dr. Beverly A. Browning

Dr. Beverly A. Browning is a grant writing consultant and visionary who uses thought leadership to work with nonprofit organizations struggling with the woes of revenue stream imbalances. She has been researching grant funding, grantmaking trends, and board-related barriers to nonprofit capacity building for over 40 years. Together she and her team have helped her clients win over $750 million in grant awards. Dr. Browning is the founder and director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation and Bev Browning, LLC. She is the author of 44 grant writing publications, including six editions of Grant Writing for Dummies and the 6th edition of Nonprofit Kit for Dummies (to be published in 2021). Dr. Browning holds graduate and postgraduate degrees in organizational development, public administration, and business administration. She is also a Certified Strategic Planning Facilitator (CSPF), has a McNellis Compression Planning Institute Facilitation Training distinction, and is an Approved Trainer for the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and the Certified Fund Raising Executive International (CFRE).

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


Basic keyboarding and computer skills, be comfortable navigating the Internet and using e-mail, and have experience using a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word is recommended) and a spreadsheet program (such as Microsoft Excel) for the budgeting portion.

Exam Requirements:

The Professional Grant Writing course is aligned to the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam offered by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI), which has minimum education and grant experience requirements based on the level of education obtained. For information on GPC Exam Eligibility


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment.

The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Nonprofit Manager course:

  • Nonprofit Management 101

The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Professional Grant Writing course:

  • Prepare for the GPC Exam: Earn Your Grant Professional Certified Credential

Please Note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Yes, you will be prepared for the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam offered by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI), which has minimum education and grant experience requirements based on the level of education obtained. For information on GPC Exam Eligibility

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

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After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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