Nonprofit Fundamentals Certificate Program

The Nonprofit Fundamentals Certificate Program will help your organization build a sustainable future by increasing your knowledge about the fundamentals of running a successful nonprofit. Learn new skills and best practices around Board Basics, Inclusive Planning and Responsive Strategy, Financial Management, Fundraising Essentials, Adaptive Leadership, Grant Writing, Human Resources, Evaluation, Communications, and other special topics.

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If you are affiliated with a nonprofit in western North Carolina (as staff, board, or volunteer), upon completion of each course, you will be eligible for up to 3 hours follow-up support to help you implement what you learn back at your organization.  To qualify, your organization must be based and serving one of the 18 WNC counties in our region.

Fundamentals workshops are free for participants from WNC nonprofit organizations with budgets under $50,000 (email us at to register).  For those with budgets over $50,000, the cost of each online course is $50 per person and $75 per person for in-person courses. Pathways is committed to making these courses accessible to all nonprofit leaders in WNC. If you would like to attend, but the cost is a barrier, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

If you would like to submit a Scholarship Request, please do so below.

WNC Nonprofit Pathways offers a limited number of 50% scholarships per class per semester. Students may receive only one scholarship per semester unless otherwise approved by Pathways. To provide equitable opportunity, priority for scholarships funds will be given to organizations based in rural areas, those with historically marginalized leaders, and those with limited funds for professional development.  *indicates required field.

Pathways Nonprofit Fundamentals Scholarship Request