Certificate in Nonprofit Sector Leadership and Innovation

The 5-course undergraduate-level Certificate in Nonprofit Sector Leadership and Innovation (NSLI), in partnership with Luther College and the Faculty of Arts, gives students an introduction to leadership in nonprofit and voluntary organizations. This dynamic, multidisciplinary certificate is designed for students who want to acquire the expertise to pursue paid employment  and/or voluntary work in the nonprofit (voluntary, community-based) sector.

The courses will provide the necessary background in the structure and roles of nonprofit organizations, organization management, human resources, communications, and strategic planning. All courses will be grounded in a community-engaged, experiential learning model.

  • Courses to complete: 4 core + 1 elective
  • Credit hours: 15 credit hours
  • Pre-requisites: Varies by course
  • Program duration: This program is currently designed for part-time study

Prior Learning and Recognition

Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) may be granted for one or more courses, except for NSLI 200, which is a required course for all students. PLAR will be determined by the VSSN Director and the Centre for Continuing Education.

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Core Courses

NSLI 200 Nonprofit Sector Foundations

NOTE: NSLI 200 is a pre-requisite for all other NSLI courses, and is offered in the Fall semester.

Plus three from the following:
NSLI 300 Nonprofit Management
NSLI 310 Nonprofit Human Resources
NSLI 320 Nonprofit Advocacy and Community Development
NSLI 330 Nonprofit Communications and Strategic Relationship Building
NSLI 340 Nonprofit Program Planning and Evaluation
NSLI 350 Nonprofit Financial Management and Philanthropy
NSLI 360 Nonprofit Organization Governance and Leadership
NSLI 390 Nonprofit Organization Special Topics


Students should choose one of the following electives:

Any additional NSLI course
BUS 100 Introduction to Business
BUS 260 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
IDS 101 Contemporary Issues
PHIL 272 Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 276 Professional Ethics
PSCI 100 People, Power, and Politics: An Introduction
SOC 214 The Sociology of Indigenous People in Canada
SRS 340 Governance and Legal Issues in Third Sector Organization
CRN Course Sec Title Instructor Dates
12143 NSLI 200 L01 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector Caroline Graves Jan 6
Apr 9
12144 NSLI 310 L01 Nonprofit Human Resources Loretta Gerlach Jan 6
Apr 9
12145 NSLI 320 L01 Nonprofit Advocacy and Community Development Jose Sousa Jan 6
Apr 9
13127 NSLI 390AB L01 Fund Development in Nonprofit Organizations STAFF Jan 6
Apr 9

NSLI courses may only be counted once in either the required course section or the approved electives section.

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