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 Financial Management, Grant Writing, Inclusive Planning & Responsive Strategy, Volunteer Engagement, Fundraising Essentials, Board Basics, Community Engagement & Collaboration, Exploring Equity, Nonprofit Social Media, Coaching for Top Performance, Strategic Planning, Individual Donor Development, Human Resources, Basic Accounting, Evaluation, Strong Boards for the Long Haul, Volunteer Engagement, and Communications (class offerings vary per semester). The Nonprofit Fundamentals Certificate Program courses are offered only to nonprofit organizations based in the 18 counties of western North Carolina. We have two sessions per year, Fall and Spring.  We do not offer Fundamentals workshops over the summer months (June-August).

Click the links below to learn more about the program:

  • Spring 2024 – Class registration links, course descriptions, and instructor bios.
  • Workshop Schedule – Spring 2024  (with links to register)
  • Program details – Learn specific details about the Nonprofit Fundamentals Certificate Program.
  • FAQ – Your source to answer your questions about the program.  Have additional questions?  Don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected].

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please email us at [email protected] *Due to limited attendance per online class, a maximum of up to 3 registrants per organization can register for each class.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  

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 FREE follow-up support to help you implement what you learn back at your organization. Coaching will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and will be dependent on instructor availability.  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 [email protected] to register).  For those with budgets over $50,000, the cost of each online course is $50 per person. 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 [email protected]. Spanish language interpretation will be available. Please let us know if you have any special accommodation needs. It is requested that individuals requiring auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify us at least seven working days in advance. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide accommodations in an effective and timely manner. Your feedback and questions are welcome at [email protected]

if you would like to submit a scholarship request, please do so below.

WNC Nonprofit Pathways offers a limited number of need-based scholarships per class, per semester, and per organization. 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

*To apply for a full scholarship, please contact us directly at [email protected]. All other requests, please submit the form below.

pathways nonprofit fundamentals scholarship request


Western North Carolina Nonprofit Pathways
P.O. Box 7667
Asheville, NC 28802

Phone: 828-242-9028

Have a question? Use the form below to email us directly.

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