Professional Development

The Center continues to bring you high-quality professional development opportunities designed with the nonprofit professional in mind.

We introduced a hybrid approach that includes live and on-line learning solutions.

Whether you need quick, focused training on a particular topic or are ready to invest in your own professional development, we have you covered.

If you have questions, please reach out to Milva Wagner at 419-241-9513 or [email protected].


Becoming certified is an effective way to advance your understanding of nonprofits, add to your resume and improve your organization. You will learn how to maximize success using valuable information you can implement immediately following each course.

The Minority Executive Leadership Certificate program is designed to support emerging minority nonprofit leaders, CEOs/Executive Directors and staff interested in growing into these positions.

The program addresses the skills and strategies that enhance organizational sustainability to transform communities. High-quality professional development courses and mentorships provide training and ongoing support systems for personal and professional success.


Do you prefer to learn at your own pace? The Center offers many great low-cost, online courses specifically designed to support nonprofit professionals.

NOTE: If you intend to enroll in a certificate program offered by The Center, you can request credit for eligible courses completed, however, the full registration fee for the certificate program will apply.

The following courses are currently available for independent study.

Budgeting in a Nonprofit Organization

Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

How to Read a Nonprofit Financial Statement

Introduction to Grant Writing

Introduction to Nonprofit Management

Leadership in a Nonprofit Organization

Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development

Nonprofit Ethics and Compliance

Principles of Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

Social Media for Nonprofits

Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations

Click on the button below for more information about each course.


You will engage hands on with practical exercises throughout the training while networking with other nonprofit professionals and experts from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Register here.