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.
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** NEW Scholarships Now Available** 

SCFD Tier III Scholarships: The Special District Association Scholarship and Denver Arts & Venues

  • The SCFD Tier III Scholarships are intended for eligible individuals who wish to complete the Nonprofit Pathway Certificate program during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Applicants must meet the following criteria
    • Employed by, or high-level volunteer of, a SCFD Tier III nonprofit organization that received funding in 2017, and  
    • Eligible for Colorado in-state tuition.  
  • All applicants only need to complete one application to be considered for both awards.  
  • Scholarship applications are being accepted through July 10, 2018.  APPLY

More about the scholarship - The scholarship was established to help build the capacity of SCFD Tier III organizations to pursue their mission by supporting professional development. Two scholarships will be available to complete the Nonprofit Pathway certificate at Red Rocks Community College during the 2018-2019 program year. Applications are strongly encouraged from individuals who identify as belonging to communities currently underrepresented in the nonprofit workforce. The scholarship covers approximately 90% of the tuition and fees for the certificate program. Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) is a special district member of the Special District Association (SDA) of Colorado. Eligible applicants should complete the one application.  

The Nonprofit Pathway Scholarship 
  • Scholarships are non-competitive and available on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible applicants.  
  • Scholarships cover approximately 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 this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be registered in one or more of the Nonprofit Pathway courses to receive this scholarship.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.       
  • The Nonprofit Pathway Scholarship is powered by Community First Foundation.

Determine your eligibility and apply here

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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