Free Certificate in Nonprofit Essentials

Learn the essentials of working in the nonprofit sector with this free certificate program from NonprofitReady. These short courses cover nonprofit structure and governance, how nonprofits raise money for their cause, and the skills you need to build a thriving career in the nonprofit sector. 

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What You Will Learn

Course 1: What is a Nonprofit?
Learn the common organizational types, terminology, and roles within the nonprofit sector.
Course 2: How Nonprofits Raise Money
Understand how nonprofits generate various sources of revenue and funding to execute their programs.
Course 3: Succeeding in Your Nonprofit Career
Learn the unique benefits and challenges of working in nonprofit and what steps you should take to advance your career.

CFRE Continuing Education Credits:

Full participation in Nonprofit Essentials Certificate is applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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How It Works


Complete the three courses


Pass the certificate exam


Earn your certificate and badge

Don't forget to proudly display your accomplishments on your resume, LinkedIn, social media profile, or personal website. 

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What Our Learners Say

“Concise, interactive, and engaging. As a person new to the nonprofit sector, I can say that I am more knowledgeable after this training than I was before I started.” 

— Lakesha B.

Free Online Training for the Nonprofit Professional

Explore over 500 learning resources to help you and your nonprofit do more good

NonprofitReady is a signature program of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation. Our mission is to enable nonprofit professionals and volunteers to develop their career and do more good by providing high quality, relevant online learning resources at zero cost. Contact us to learn more.

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