Nonprofit Sector Management

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (9 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 1309X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to work in non-profit organizations. Students learn about strategic planning, human resources, volunteer management, advocacy and community development, communications, legal and ethical considerations, governance, fundraising and donor management, financial management, advocacy and government relations and risk management.

The program of study focuses on student-centered learning while working in a technology-enhanced environment. Students prepare various assignments using a mobile device in the classroom to enhance the collaborative learning environment.

This graduate certificate can help professionals advance their knowledge or develop new skills to pursue a career in the non-profit sector.

To qualify for this certificate, program requirements must be met within five years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Can effectively collaborate in decision-making and building consensus.
  • Possess integrity, adaptability, creativity and strategic thinking.
  • Recognize the benefits of participating in innovative learning environments.
  • Possess excellent time-management, communication and organization skills.

Your Career

Graduates may be successful finding employment as administrative officer, program or project coordinator, funds developer, communications manager, marketing coordinator, volunteer coordinator or membership coordinator in a variety of non-profits including charities, foundations and professional associations.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Books cost approximately $800 for the program duration and can be purchased in the campus bookstore.

Students are required to supply and use a laptop computer that meets minimum hardware and software specifications as outlined at http://mlearning.algonquincollege.com.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility
  • A two-year community college diploma (minimum) or equivalent.

Applicants who have not completed a two-year community college diploma or a university degree may be considered based on relevant work experience and a personal interview.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22 Speaking: 22, Writing: 22
Program Eligibility
  • A two-year community college diploma (minimum) or equivalent
  • Applicants who have not completed a two-year community college diploma or a university degree may be considered based on relevant work experience and a personal interview.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band, OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22 Speaking: 22, Writing: 22

Application Information

NONPROFIT SECTOR MANAGEMENT
Program Code 1309X02PWO

Please fill out an application form and return with all supporting documentation to:

Shelly Pond
Room C137
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON
K2G 1V8
ponds@algonquincollege.com

Notes

  • As a course registrant, you may register for a maximum of three courses in the program.
  • Should you wish to complete the program, you must meet the program admission requirements and formally apply to be accepted into the program.
  • Courses taken within six semesters from the first course registration may be applied toward the program once you have been accepted as a program registrant. However, the College reserves the right to determine your eligibility for program admittance.
  • Work experience in the nonprofit sector is highly recommended.
CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Anne Neal at nealj@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 5318.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
Series: 01
ENL110260.0Communication Strategies

ENL1102 Communication Strategies

Communication is a vital skill in non-profit management. Students are introduced to specialized documents and reports including grant writing, and annual and stewardship reports. Through a combination of exercises and independent learning, students practise preparing reports and proposals, delivering presentations, reading, listening and using technology to communicate professionally.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

LAW120160.0Legal Issues

LAW1201 Legal Issues

Non-profit organizations are held to higher standards than for-profit ventures so understanding legal responsibilities and frameworks can help manage risk. Students are provided with an overview of legal principles and their application. Through assigned readings and discussions, students learn to recognize legal and ethical issues impacting non-profits.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

MGT110560.0Introduction to Nonprofit Management

MGT1105 Introduction to Nonprofit Management

Non-profit organizations make essential contributions to many areas of Canadian society. Students are introduced to the social, political, legal and economic environment in which non-profits operate. Through readings, discussions and group work, students analyze the effect of environmental factors impacting non-profits.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

MGT110760.0Governance and Organizational Structures

MGT1107 Governance and Organizational Structures

Students gain practical skills required to develop, lead and participate effectively in multi-functional teams to foster effectiveness. Students learn the roles of the board of directors, other executive and key committees, and to identify and coordinate the interrelationship among functional areas. Through readings, discussion and a variety of simulated team environments, students learn the requirements and responsibilities of effective collaborative work.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

MGT110860.0Human Resource and Volunteer ManagementOn Campus
Series: 02
FIN120190.0Financial Management

FIN1201 Financial Management

Funding is the lifeblood of organizations and its management is vital. Students develop an understanding of non-profit financial management including accounting, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis. Through applied problems and case studies, students prepare financial reports, develop budgets and apply internal control principles.

Pre-requisites: ENL1102 and MGT1105

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MGT120490.0Strategic Planning and LeadershipOn Campus
MGT120960.0Fundraising and Donor Management

MGT1209 Fundraising and Donor Management

Non-profits rely on donations and grants to operate so managing the relationships between key funding agencies and donors is critical to survival. Students explore donor needs and motivations, how to sustain long-term partnerships and exploit donor management IT systems. Through assigned readings, research and case studies, students identify, analyze and rate potential prospects to prepare a solicitation approach.

Pre-requisites: ENL1102 and FIN1201 and MGT1105 and MGT1107 and MGT1108

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MKT120660.0Community Development and Advocacy

MKT1206 Community Development and Advocacy

Students develop a clear understanding of the role of marketing and outreach in non-profits. Through assigned readings, discussions and group assignments, students identify communication opportunities and generate recommendations; determine appropriate positioning; design media strategies and implement advocacy initiatives.

Pre-requisites: ENL1102 and MGT1105 and MGT1107 and MGT1108

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ENL1102 Communication Strategies

Communication is a vital skill in non-profit management. Students are introduced to specialized documents and reports including grant writing, and annual and stewardship reports. Through a combination of exercises and independent learning, students practise preparing reports and proposals, delivering presentations, reading, listening and using technology to communicate professionally.

LAW1201 Legal Issues

Non-profit organizations are held to higher standards than for-profit ventures so understanding legal responsibilities and frameworks can help manage risk. Students are provided with an overview of legal principles and their application. Through assigned readings and discussions, students learn to recognize legal and ethical issues impacting non-profits.

MGT1105 Introduction to Nonprofit Management

Non-profit organizations make essential contributions to many areas of Canadian society. Students are introduced to the social, political, legal and economic environment in which non-profits operate. Through readings, discussions and group work, students analyze the effect of environmental factors impacting non-profits.

MGT1107 Governance and Organizational Structures

Students gain practical skills required to develop, lead and participate effectively in multi-functional teams to foster effectiveness. Students learn the roles of the board of directors, other executive and key committees, and to identify and coordinate the interrelationship among functional areas. Through readings, discussion and a variety of simulated team environments, students learn the requirements and responsibilities of effective collaborative work.

MGT1108 Human Resource and Volunteer Management

Human capital is a critical non-profit resource. Employees, volunteers and the board of directors contribute to goal attainment and organizational viability. Assigned readings and discussions introduce students to the role of human resources in planning, employee and volunteer recruitment, selection and retention, training and development, performance assessment, compensation and benefits, effective employee and labour relations.

FIN1201 Financial Management

Funding is the lifeblood of organizations and its management is vital. Students develop an understanding of non-profit financial management including accounting, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis. Through applied problems and case studies, students prepare financial reports, develop budgets and apply internal control principles.

Pre-requisites: ENL1102 and MGT1105

MGT1204 Strategic Planning and Leadership

Students learn how to develop an effective and sustainable strategic plan for a dynamic organization capable of responding to changing needs and challenges. Through discussions, case studies and group assignments, students prepare and present annual goals and strategic and risk management plans for internal and external stakeholders.

Pre-requisites: MGT1105 and MGT1107 and MGT1108

MGT1209 Fundraising and Donor Management

Non-profits rely on donations and grants to operate so managing the relationships between key funding agencies and donors is critical to survival. Students explore donor needs and motivations, how to sustain long-term partnerships and exploit donor management IT systems. Through assigned readings, research and case studies, students identify, analyze and rate potential prospects to prepare a solicitation approach.

Pre-requisites: ENL1102 and FIN1201 and MGT1105 and MGT1107 and MGT1108

MKT1206 Community Development and Advocacy

Students develop a clear understanding of the role of marketing and outreach in non-profits. Through assigned readings, discussions and group assignments, students identify communication opportunities and generate recommendations; determine appropriate positioning; design media strategies and implement advocacy initiatives.

Pre-requisites: ENL1102 and MGT1105 and MGT1107 and MGT1108