Certificate in Non-Profit Management

This eight-module certificate program is designed to enhance the existing skills and develop new ones for dealing with "real-world" challenges and situations in the nonprofit sector. Each module has 10 hours of instruction developed from a practitioner's perspective. The modules are team taught by a combination of academic and practitioner instructors and are designed to provide knowledge and skill sets that can be immediately applied to the participant's organization. The substantive content of the modules follows the guidelines of the Association of Nonprofit organizations Standards of Excellence.

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Modules are offered on a Friday (9 a.m - 5 p.m.) and Saturday morning ( 9 a.m. - 12 noon), to ensure minimal interruption in the work schedule for working professionals.

This course is available for continuous enrollments which means that interested participants can begin the certificate program at any module.

See below for individual track schedule.

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Non-Profits

    Putting your best foot forward
    Mission, Vision and Program

  • Module 2 - Board Development & Governance

    Openness & Democratic Process
    Board Development
  • Module 3 - Building your Organization

    Professionalism / Time Management
    Conflict Resolution & Communication
    HR & Personnel
  • Module 4 - Staying out of Trouble

    Organization Development
    Leadership & Teambuilding
    Conflict of Interest / Legal Issues
  • Module 5 - Show me the Money

    Budgeting & Financial Management
    Fund Development
  • Module 6 - Public Relations & Marketing

    Public Affairs
    Media Relations
    Social Media & Public Relations
  • Module 7 - Putting it all Together

    Strategic Planning
    Performance Measurement
    Program Evaluation
  • Module 8 - Grant Writing

    Foundation Research
    Research for Grant & Proposal Writing
    Grant Writing

This certificate program is open to anyone employed by or volunteering with nonprofits, religious organizations, schools, service organizations, foundations, or government agencies. This program is also open to anyone interested in learning more about nonprofit sector.

No Prerequisites required.

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Alternatively, email: continuinged@utrgv.edu or call 956-665-2071 with your questions.

  • Aziza Zemrani, Ph.D

    Dr. Aziza Zemrani has a long history of academic and public service both in the United States and abroad. She is currently working as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Pan American where she showed leadership for international cultural immersion programs. She took the lead for the signing of a general agreement for a partnership between the University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco and UTPA. She designed a Cultural Immersion Program in June that was highly publicized throughout the university Medias and a Colloquium in August 2008. This involvement is in line with her past experience a Moroccan Executive. Dr. Zemrani worked for the government of Morocco as well as numerous American institutions. Dr. Zemrani served as a researcher at Louisiana State University where she was responsible for a research grant for revising the State of Louisiana’s Formula Funding for LSU, under the state’s “Flagship Agenda.” This project included conducting an empirical analysis using Banxia, a frontier Analyst Software to develop efficiency measures for higher education at LSU. During the academic year, Dr. Aziza was hired by the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (Southern University) where she was responsible for developing a strategy for improving online education at Southern University, including finding and addressing the obstacles or impediments to online education at Southern among faculty. The main objective was to develop an online Executive MBA at the College of Business.
    Dr. Zemrani served as a member of a research team for the Department of Health and Hospitals working on a grant titled “Gambling Addiction in Louisiana: A Replication Study.” She served on other research teams addressing the issues of Child Welfare in Louisiana. In addition to this project, she served on a research team addressing the issue of Welfare reform in Louisiana titled “Case Attitudes and TANF Compliance in Louisiana” for the Department of Social Sciences. Her other clients have included the Urban Recreation Research Center, and the National Park Service. Dr. Zemrani also worked as a research associate on African-American policy issues such as health care and policing.
    Dr. Zemrani served as one of the senior female officials in the Moroccan government. She held a variety of top level posts during this period including Division Chief at the Directorate of Executive Training, Chief of Statistics for the Ministry of National Education, and Chief of Recruitment in the Ministry of Planning. Her many responsibilities included increasing the supply of international scholarships by working closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation Agency. She was in charge of negotiating and signing international cooperation agreements with several countries and developed new ways for establishing cooperative links with foreign countries. She also had the opportunity to work on a development projects with USAID, including capacity building in Moroccan institutions. She was part of a team that developed institution selection criteria and procedures for capacity building technical assistance, as well as conducting need assessments for training purposes in order to implement a USAID development project to improve girls schooling in rural areas.
    Dr. Zemrani also served on the National Higher Education Long Range Plan Task Force Steering Committee from 1994-1997 and she served as the Moroccan representative to the Task Force Review Committee for the Implementation of the New Strategic Plan for the United States Agency for International Development.
    Dr. Zemrani earned her PhD. From Southern University and A & M College, the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She also earned a master in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburg, and a Bachelor degree in Law from the University Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco. Prior to coming to the Univeristy of Texas Pan American, Dr. Zemrani taught at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia; and Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York. Her areas of expertise include Budgeting, Financial Management, Public Finances, Research Methods and Statistics, and Program evaluation and policy.
  • Bonnie Gonzalez, MPA

    Yvonne “Bonnie” Gonzalez was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Solutions in May 2003. As CEO, Gonzalez has planning, oversight and fiduciary responsibility of the organization that oversees workforce development services for Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Counties in South Texas. Gonzalez is responsible for ensuring that public dollars go directly to services and investments in customized training, incumbent worker training, and other direct services provided to the public and business customer through the utilization of the workforce development system.
    Prior to becoming the CEO for Workforce Solutions, she served as founding President/CEO for the RGV Empowerment Zone Corporation from 1995-2003. Her greatest accomplishment was taking a $40 million dollar federal investment and leveraging an additional $416 million in local, state, national and private sector investment into the Empowerment Zone communities.
    In 1988 she established the Teenage Parent Alternative Program, a state recognized program for McAllen I.S.D. She was recruited by Harvard to attend the John F. Kennedy School of Government where she received her Master of Public Administration in 1993. In 1981 she received her Bachelors of Science in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin and proceeded to work in the preventive health care area.

  • Cynthia Lynch, Ph.D

    Cynthia E. Lynch is an Ordained Interfaith Minister and an Associate Professor in the MPA Department of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg Texas. Before joining UTPA she was an Assistant Professor in the MPA program in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affaires at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
    She teaches the public Administration foundation course, ethics, organization theory and design, nonprofit management, and grant writing. She has published extensively both nationally and internationally, and is the Editor in Chief of Global Virtue Ethics Review, and electronic journal.
    Dr. Lynch has extensive experience in management consulting in the public sector and for nonprofit organizations. She specializes in performance measurement, strategic planning, and program evaluation. From 1998 to 2009 she served as President of Scott Balsdon Inc. a public sector and nonprofit consulting firm. She has been an invited guest speaker or lecturer for various public organizations on performance measurement and management in government, including the Texas Certified Public Management Training Program, Louisiana State University Public Administration Institute, Certified Public Management Training Program; Louisiana State Government Financial Officers Trainings, and Louisiana State Government Accounting Association Training Workshops. Her consulting projects include performance indicator development for Woman's Hospital Neonatal Out-Patient Program; focus group facilitator for the National Association of Emergency Technicians for a national community action plan for infant preparedness in emergency vehicles. Program Evaluation for the Mid-South Promise Project, a Kellogg Foundation funded community action project in the Delta tri-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi 2000 and a five year, end of contract, evaluation of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Support Services Contracts 2000-2005.
    She has lived part time in San Miguel de Allende, MX for the past eight years where she hosts the Annual Nonprofit Conference on Excellence, now in its fourth year, and works with nonprofits to improve their organizational capacity.

  • Jennifer Butcher, Ph.D

    Dr. Jennifer Butcher has been an Assistant Professor at UTPA’s Department of Educational Leadership for the past two years teaching graduate courses. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she provides training for the Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) and Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) certification.
    Prior to joining UTPA, she spent 25 years working in public schools in the Houston area as a teacher and administrator.

  • Laura Reagan-Porras, MS

    Laura Reagan-Porras, MS is an applied and clinical sociologist. She has served as the Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of McAllen, Texas for more than six years. She has led the McAllen Club in an expansive growth effort which serves more than 13,000 youth members annually, impacting them with life changing relationships with trained, caring mentors. Ninety one percent (91%) of club alumni graduated high school. She has presented effective mentoring program research on national stages. From time to time, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member with UTPA’s sociology department.
    Laura has served Rio Grande Valley non-profits for the last fifteen years. Together with her husband, Medardo Porras III, she owns a consulting firm called Creative Alignment/ Sin Fronteras that provides non-profits with research, project development, grant writing and evaluative reporting. Laura’s efforts have won over $25 million for Rio Grande Valley children, families and organizations. Organizations she has served are: South Texas College, Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA), Habitat for Humanity, Hidalgo ISD, Pharr ISD and RGV Sylvan Learning Center to name a few.
  • Sabrina Walker-Hernandez, MPA

    Sabrina Walker-Hernandez serves as the Chief Professional Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV and has been with the Boys & Girls Club Movement for 12.5 years. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas Pan American. She is a member of the Academy of Boys & Girls Clubs Professional and holds the distinguished level in Youth Development, Management Professional and Executive Categories.
    She has served with Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a National Trainer Advisor and is a member of the Training and Professional Development Advisory Council and Diversity Committee for the Southwest Region as well as the Executive Secretary for the South Texas Area Council. She is a National Board member for the Boys & Girls Club Professional Association and serves as the 2nd Vice President for the South Texas chapter. She serves on several local boards – Rotary Club of Edinburg, 2240 Exchange and Year Exploring Service- YES. She is a wife to Hector and mother of 4 Joseph (21), Nadia (19), Destiny (18) and Amaya (10).
  • Theresa Bailey, Ph.D

    Dr. Theresa L. Bailey is the director, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). Prior to joining UTPA, Dr. Bailey served in various capacities within the Division of Sponsored Research at Florida A&M University. Her initial assignment as an associate in grants development was followed by an appointment as acting associate director for Sponsored Research. Her departing appointment with Florida A&M University was as director of the Office of Research Services. In addition to the aforementioned, she has enjoyed assignments at Tuskegee University, Tougaloo College, and The Piney Woods Country Life School. Each of these assignments afforded her incredible opportunities to acquire experiences in research administration, fiscal affairs and institutional advancement.
    Among her varied professional associations, she serves as chair of the Minority Serving Institutions Research Partnership Consortium (MSIRPC). The Consortium is focused on building research, contractual, and entrepreneurship capacity within minority serving institutions. Additional associations include the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) where she serves on the Research Management Review Editorial Board. In furtherance of her goal to help build capacity at small to mid-size institutions, she is founder of Bailey Capital Panacea (BCP).
    Dr. Bailey is an alumna of Florida State University. Her area of expertise is organizational culture, structure, behavior and governance.

"This course is a very helpful tool for any non-profit agency to learn how things are done in a non-profit world."

"Excellent information for every non-profit agency, new or existing organization"