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Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

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Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Learn about your eligibility for the Santa Barbara Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship.

Gain skills you can immediately apply to your nonprofit work. Fielding’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate offers strategies to advance your organization and your career. Through practical applications and a project-driven curriculum, the program focuses on board and executive leadership, strategic planning, fundraising, talent management, evaluation, and marketing—skills you need to create an impact in your organization.

This certificate is specifically designed for nonprofit practitioners: managers, supervisors, executive directors, and board members. Whether you work for a local organization or are looking to expand your career potential, Fielding’s program gives you the edge as a respected nonprofit leader and a catalyst for organizational and community change. Fielding’s distributed learning model, which combines face-to-face and online learning, offers you the flexibility to advance your skills while balancing work and your busy personal life. 


  • Develop high-level professional skills in nonprofit management.
  • Focus your studies on your personal and professional interests.
  • Learn with peers who understand your passion for service and change.
  • Maintain your work schedule while in the program.
  • Earn graduate-level academic credit while enhancing your knowledge and skills.


  • Be an effective leader focused on achieving positive changes in our community.
  • Improve your organization’s working infrastructure.
  • Plan next-generation leadership transitions.
  • Develop a local and worldwide network of professional colleagues.


The Nonprofit Leadership certificate curriculum consists of eight face-to-face meetings and two terms of online courses: ODL-621 and ODL-622. You will complete 8 semester credits of coursework in order to graduate. 

Effective date: 01/01/2014

To view course descriptions, click on the hyperlinked course number/title below. Printing the page will print all course descriptions.

Required Courses

ODL-621 Strategic Leadership for Nonprofits, 4 semester credits
This course focuses on leadership, strategic planning, board development, and talent management issues facing contemporary nonprofit organizations. The content will include step-by-step processes, forms and resources that will strengthen internal and external relations, cultural competency and advocacy.
ODL-622 Evidence Based Management, 4 semester credits
Evidence based management focuses on outcomes driven by clear program design, evaluation, and marketing. These foundations support fund raising, grant writing, and financial viability that sustain a nonprofit’s competitive advantage.
If you want to take your education to the next level, these credits will apply toward Fielding’s Master of Arts in Organizational Development & Leadership.

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"Fielding was a natural choice for me because it fit my learning style and learning needs, and had an excellent reputation in the field of organizational change and development. "

-Gary Wagenheim, PhD, Alumnus

Distinguished Speakers

Dr. Ronald V. Gallo
Santa Barbara Foundation President and CEO, Ron Gallo, served for 15 years as the president & CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation, one of the nation’s larger community foundations.

Janet Garufis
Janet Garufis is the president and chief executive officer of Montecito Bank & Trust. She serves on several boards of directors.

Dr. Peter MacDougall
Peter MacDougall served as superintendent/president of Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) from
1981 to 2002 and has managed various leadership roles in local philanthropic enterprises.

Dr. Chuck Slosser
Chuck Slosser has spent more than 35 years in various positions within the nonprofit sector. He was the previous president and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

Dr. Anita Perez Ferguson
Anita Perez Ferguson is a visiting scholar for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in Princeton and the Chair of the InterAmerican Foundation in Washington, DC.

Stuart Jenkins
Stuart Jenkins is the Vice President of Innovations at Deckers Outdoor Corporation, where he drives innovation initiatives for both the company and its six footwear brands.

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