Welcome to the UNC Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program site. The purpose of this site is to let you know about certificate requirements, and to offer a set of articles and websites related to nonprofit leadership. If you are interested in or have questions about the certificate, please email Noel Mazade (nmazade@email.unc.edu), Professor of Practice at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work after July 13, 2015.


New Certificate Requirements

Effective January 2015, the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School has approved a set of changes to the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate, which include a reduction of required course credits from 15 to 9 and the addition of a practicum requirement. A key reason for these changes was to make certificate completion more feasible for students given the Graduate School policy that no more than 40% of certificate course credits may also count toward a graduate degree.

Click here for information about admissions and enrollment.

Is Growth Capital Aggregation the way to scale effective programs?

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation is piloting an innovative approach to scaling up effective programs of nonprofit organizations called the Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot. The basic idea is to pool the resources of multiple foundations to provide longer-term (up to 5 years), large, unrestricted grants to a select group of nonprofit organizations that are recognized as offering promising, best, or evidence-based practices. This different approach to grant making is intended to help nonprofit organizations scale up or grow effective programs to benefit more people and communities.

Similar approaches are reflected in the federal government’s Social Innovation Fund and in pay-for-performance schemes such as Social Impact Bonds.

How much profit?

Can a nonprofit make a profit? Yes – as long as surplus is re-invested into the organization to support its mission. Should a nonprofit make a profit. Yes – otherwise, it can’t build unrestricted net assets to cushion financial shocks, expand programs, or invest in infrastructure. Here’s an interesting piece in the Nonprofit Quarterly by Woods Bowman, a leading researcher on nonprofit financial sustainability at Depaul University.