Social Entrepreneurship (Voucher Included)

Ready to develop the skills and strategies to become a leader in the nonprofit sector while learning the fundamentals needed to launch your own business? In this course bundle, you will learn the most important aspects of nonprofits, including how to start a nonprofit and delve into the world of business, from generating an idea to writing a plan and much more.

The Nonprofit Manager course will teach you how to start a nonprofit, including the most important aspect—your mission and how to define...

12 Months / 300 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
Offered in partnership with your preferred school

George Mason University

Change School
Learning method

for additional information

Course code: GES448

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
  • Identify the characteristics, risks, benefits, opportunities, and drawbacks of being an entrepreneur
  • Assess the demand of an opportunity and its value proposition
  • Determine the appropriate legal structure, required licenses, and regulations for your business
  • Investigate intellectual property law for entrepreneurs
  • Determine your operational costs and growth strategy for your business
  • Use financial statements to assess profitability and break-even analysis for your business
  • Design a business plan for your venture

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
  • The Entrepreneurship and Small Business certification ensures tomorrow's business leaders are prepared with the toolkit they need to get ahead in today's competitive landscape
  • The completed business plan is a dynamic planning tool which can be updated at any given time to allow the entrepreneur up-to-date information for decision-making
  • Every entrepreneur must have knowledge of the foundational business principles to progress forward, as all principles are interrelated, and this knowledge allows for better business decisions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 300 course hours
  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
  14. The Entrepreneur
  15. Opportunity Recognition
  16. Starting Up
  17. Funding the Venture
  18. Ethics and Sustainability
  19. Human Capital
  20. Intellectual Property
  21. Operating Procedures
  22. Marketing
  23. Advertising
  24. Financial Statements
  25. Cash Flow Management

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 post-graduate 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).

David Harkins

David Harkins is a business leader with a background in executive coaching and consulting. His work focuses on entrepreneurial thinking, leadership development, and operational innovation to help businesses and organizations deepen social impact and strengthen performance. His past roles include Vice President of Strategic Services at the Jackson Group, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for software engineering firm Geneer and Vice President of Marketing and Product Development for Nykamp Consulting Group. He earned a Master of Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University and a BBA in entrepreneurial and small business management from American Public University.

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.


This course is intended for anyone interested in developing their enterprise management skills, whether you want to start your own business and nonprofit or understand how to operate an established business.

You should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, be comfortable navigating the Internet and using email, and have experience using a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word is recommended).


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: OS 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 Nonprofit Manager :

  • Nonprofit Management 101

The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in Entrepreneurship: Start-Up and Business Owner Management:

  • Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process, Practice

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

Yes. This course prepares you to sit for the Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB) Certification Exam from Certiport.

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.

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.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our 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.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us."