Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
This comprehensive hybrid certificate program introduces nonprofit leaders to key management issues for nonprofit organizations. Participants will learn about topics such as fundraising, board and volunteer development, budgeting, reading financial statements, leadership, marketing, and setting strategic direction. The course consists of in-class sessions and online components with an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments. This program will engage and prepare participants for effective decision making in a nonprofit setting through interactive and collaborative exercises with other nonprofit leaders. The in-class sessions interspersed between online modules will help participants learn from experts and tie the online lessons to real-life practices.
Syllabus Introduction (February 18th 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
PROGRESS RECAP / INITIAL MEETING
- This is an in-class session that will introduce you to the Nonprofit Certificate Online Course and review the main concepts.
- You will have the opportunity to network with other nonprofit leaders and broaden your expertise and access to information.
- You will engage in self-reflection activities to assist you in your professional development and management of your nonprofit organization.
- You will identify a Budgeting Plan, Fundraising Plan, Marketing Plan or Strategic Plan to focus on improving throughout the online course.
In-Class Ask the Expert Session 1 (March 3rd 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
REVIEW OF ONLINE COURSE MODULES 1-5
- Budgeting, Capital Campaigns, and Fundraising
- Reading Nonprofit Financial Statements, Introduction to Grant Writing
In-Class Ask the Expert Session 2 (March 17th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
REVIEW OF ONLINE COURSE MODULES 6-10
- Introduction to Nonprofit Management, Leadership, and Board and Volunteer Development
- Principles of Marketing for Nonprofit Organization, Social Media for Nonprofits
In-Class Ask the Expert Session 3 (March 31st 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
PROGRESS RECAP / MIDPOINT MEETING
- You will share valued knowledge and "Aha Moments" you have experienced during the online course so far.
- You will engage in a self-reflection activity to identify the area of the nonprofit course you have enjoyed, mastered and or felt challenged by.
- You will discuss ways in which the Nonprofit Certificate Online Course has enabled you to make some improvements within your organization.
- Groups will partner up based on their organization plan (Budgeting Plan, Fundraising Plan, Marketing Plan or Strategic Plan) and focus on discussing progress, challenges, and prior and new knowledge acquired to improve their selected plan.
In-Class Ask the Expert Session 4 (April 14th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
REVIEW ONLINE COURSE MODULE 11
- Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations
A nonprofit's strategy constitutes its decisions about what it will do and how it will do it. Managers are critical to successfully implementing strategy since they are responsible for carrying out the actions that will support it. By understanding a nonprofit's strategy and how it helps the organization fulfill its mission, a manager can do a better job implementing the strategy. This module will explain how budgets and capital budgets interrelate with nonprofit strategic planning.
Closing Session - In person (April 28th 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
- Presentations & Discussion
This last module will serve as a wrap-up for the entire course and offer you the opportunity to present and highlight key elements of your improved organization plan. You will hear different presentations about budgeting plans, fundraising plans, marketing plans, or strategic plans and have the opportunity to collaborate with other field experts.
Sabrina Walker Hernandez, MPA, President/CEO
With over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising and leadership, Sabrina Walker Hernandez, President/CEO of Supporting World Hope (SWH), provides consulting services & project-based leadership in helping organizations in the areas of building and managing development programs, capital campaigns, major gift fundraising, board development, marketing, annual fundraising efforts and public relations. Sabrina has a reputation for transformational leadership through staffing and mission alignment, fundraising, expanding programming and community partnerships.
Prior to starting SWH, Sabrina served as the Chief Executive Officer for Boys & Girl Clubs of Edinburg RGV. One of Sabrina’s greatest successes is that she increased operation revenue from $750,000 to 2.5 million over an 8 year period as well being responsible for the planning and operations of the largest campaign in organization’s history, a $12 million comprehensive capital campaign. In addition to her CEO experience, Sabrina also held the positions of Vice President of Operations.
She also serves as a master national trainer for Boys & Girls Clubs of America which allows her to facilitate workshops and training at Clubs across the country. She has served on the Board of Directors for Edinburg Rotary and the Texas Partnership for Out of School Time. She recently earned her Certification of Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School. Sabrina earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration.
Terri Drefke, Entrepreneur
Currently, Terri Drefke is a self-motivated Entrepreneur using her leadership and communication skills to assist women in growing their skills and confidence.
She is an accomplished executive with demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results, skilled in talent recruiting, asset protection, financial management, and customer relations. She led the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. for 28 years from a small entity into one of the largest in the area and state. 2016-2017 fiscal year saw over $100 million of food distributed on an operating budget of $4.5 million with a fulltime staff of 60+. She annually prepared an Expense Budget and Income Projection, following current standards of financial accountability and implemented policies to ensure adequate internal financial controls. Terri created a new revenue stream in 2016 through the writing and negotiation of a major state contract for the storage and distribution of school commodities. She spearheaded the purchase and renovation of the Valley Fruit Company facility, resulting in a 100% increase in distribution. The $15 million project included the negotiation and use of New Market and Historic Tax Credits, and the listing of the property on State and Federal Historic Sites.