Nonprofit Pathway Certificate Program

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Introducing the Nonprofit Pathway – a certificate to launch or advance your mission-driven career.

Are you someone who likes to tackle complex problems?  Are you passionate about a cause?  Do you enjoy helping others?    The Nonprofit Pathway was created in partnership with Community First Foundation to prepare passionate individuals to become high impact changemakers working in the nonprofit sector.  The Nonprofit Pathway provides coursework, networking and pathways that meet the needs of students preparing for their first career, seeking career advancement, or changing careers.  

The Nonprofit Pathway Certificate Program 

  • Engages students in building or expanding the skills and knowledge needed in today's nonprofit workforce.
  • Incorporates real-life learning opportunities through community partnerships. 
  • Provides transfer options toward the Bachelor of Public Service at University of Colorado Denver.

Scholarships Now Available 

  • Scholarships are non-competitive and available on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible applicants.  
  • Scholarships cover 50% of the cost of Nonprofit Pathway course tuition and fees.
  • Applicants must have been accepted to RRCC and have a RRCC Student # to apply for scholarships.
  • Applicants must be registered in one or more of the fall 2017 Nonprofit Pathway courses to receive a scholarship.
  • Applications being accepted through the fall 2017 semester.     

The Nonprofit Pathway Scholarship is powered by Community First Foundation.  

Determine your eligibility and apply here

Spring 2018 courses (Enrollment begins November 6, 2017)

Building Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations BUS 277 (3 credit) - Student will explore the many ways nonprofits earn revenue to support their mission-driven programs and activities benefiting our communities from private and public grant opportunities, donations from individuals and corporations, local and national foundation support and social enterprises. Students will learn about the types of campaigns a nonprofit may implement, the systems and processes used to track gifts, and how to make successful asks of board members, the community and those supporting your mission. At the end of this course, students will be able to identify and evaluate the right fundraising campaigns to meet the needs of our diverse nonprofit field. This course has a Service-Learning designation.

Nonprofit Financial Management BUS 278 (3 credit) - Examines the accounting and finance concepts required to utilize nonprofit financial resources and reports as management tools for decision making, strategic planning, and development. Topics include capturing financial transactions, interpreting standard financial reports, budgeting, managing cash flow, and using financial reports as a fundraising tool.

Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations BUS 175 (3 credit) - 15 week course.  Lakewood Campus, Fridays 9am -11:45am.  Explores the historical background, development, and purposes of nonprofit agencies. Expands awareness of the scope and breadth of the nonprofit sector in the United States, and examines the inner workings of nonprofit organizations as the foundation for further study. At the end of the course, students will be able to identify and interpret key theories, issues, debates and challenges as experienced by practitioners in the nonprofit world.

Course Format/Location/Cost*

  • Hybrid/Accelerated: Generally courses are held weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30-9 in the classroom and additional time online each week.
  • Each course is half a semester long (8 weeks per course versus traditional 15 week semester).  This allows a student to complete the certificate in one year, focusing on one class at a time.
  • Accelerated/Hybrid courses are held at the Arvada Campus.   
  • Tuition varies based on the number of credits taken per semester.  All tuition rates are approximate and based on Colorado resident tuition rates.
    • $615 - 3 credits
    • $1078 - 6 credits
    • Total certificate cost is $3,000

* Some courses may have sections offered in a traditional format on the Lakewood campus.  Check the semester schedule for availability.

Certificate Overview 

The Nonprofit Pathway is a program of the Business Department.  The following courses are required to earn the Nonprofit Pathway certificate.

  • Total certificate 16 credits*
    • Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit)
    • Program Design, Evaluation & Decision Making (3 credit)
    • Building Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit)
    • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit)
    • Approved Elective (1 credit)
    • Internships or capstone (3 credit)

*If you do not plan to complete the certificate program, courses can be taken individually as needed to meet your personal or professional goals.


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