Nonprofit Pathway Certificate

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Do you like helping others? Do you want to make a difference with your time and talent?  Nonprofit organizations offer meaningful careers to people like you!  A certificate in nonprofit management can help you launch or advance your career! 

The Nonprofit Pathway Certificate  


  • 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.

“I feel as though I have learned so much from these classes.  When I bring up ideas discussed in class, most co-workers haven’t heard of them.” 

“The Intro to Nonprofit Organizations course has really helped me to gain a broader understanding of the nonprofit world, the role of a board, how to read a budget, and it also pushed me to complete a project that has already benefitted my career!”

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The Nonprofit Pathway certificate at Red Rocks was created in partnership with Community First Foundation to prepare students to build skills and knowledge needed to become high impact changemakers working in the nonprofit sector.  

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Certificate Program Overview 

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

Total certificate is 16 credits*.

Approved elective - (1 credit) can be completed different ways such as taking a course in any semester or applying existing credit earned through past coursework

Fall semester

  • Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations - BUS 2050 (3 credit)
  • Program Design, Evaluation & Decision Making - BUS 2051(3 credit)

Spring semester

  • Building Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations  - BUS 2052 (3 credit)
  • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations - BUS 2053 (3 credit)

Summer semester

  • Internship - BUS 2081 or Capstone - BUS 2089 (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.


Paying for the Program

Total program cost is based on current tuition/fee costs per credit.  The Nonprofit Pathway certificate is financial-aid eligible.

Nonprofit Pathway Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 program year are CLOSED. Please check back for future opportunities.

About the scholarships – Several scholarships are available.  Eligibility requirements vary by scholarship.  Scholarship award amounts range from 75% to 100% of the cost of tuition. Applications are strongly encouraged from people who identify as belonging to historically marginalized populations or are the first in their family to attend college.


Questions? Contact:

Stephanie Schooley, Program Director