New Approaches to Non-Profit Management for the Canadian Context

This course will prepare you to lead a non-profit organization in Canada. We’ll explore a variety of issues you and your board will face, including the legal foundations, the unique governance and human systems, and the resource requirements of this special entity we call a non-profit.

We will also look at best practices and trends in communications, fund development and risk management. Our starting point will be to explore the key elements that make a successful non-profit.

The course is designed to integrate practical learning into theoretical discussion and is based on the assumption that you are an expert who brings something to the table that all of us can learn from – whether that is experience in the field, or life experience others don’t share.

Coursework will consist of reading, self-reflection, interacting with your peers and instructors, and pursuing a case study of your choice.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 13 weeks
Tuition: $855
Can be applied to:
Non-Profit Management Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

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Start DateWed, Sep 4, 2024
  • Wed, Sep 4 (self-paced all week)
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InstructorJulia Payson
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Start DateWed, Jan 15, 2025
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InstructorJulia Payson
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  • Wed, Jul 30 (self-paced all week)
InstructorJulia Payson
Seats Available35

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and organizational foundations of a non-profit organization
  • Apply knowledge of the core skills needed to manage a non-profit
  • Access and utilize the resources and tools that support the management of a non-profit
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of best practice in non-profit management
  • Demonstrate a respect for and knowledge of the diversity of and within the sector
  • Contribute to the overall well-being of the non-profit sector in Canada and apply important principles of accountability and stakeholder engagement in your professional lives
  • Communicate a plan for building and/or enhancing your individual careers in the non-profit sector

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend about 10 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments 
  • Participation in online discussions

Learning Materials

Course fees do not include textbooks. We recommend you purchase your textbook as soon as you’ve registered. We will provide additional course materials online.

Required textbook

Broadbent, A. and Omidvar, R. Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success. Coach House Books, 2011. Available for purchase from publisher or as e-book from VitalSource.

Recommended textbook

Seel, K., Murray, V., and Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. The Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada, 4th Edition. Lexisnexis Canada, 2014. Available for purchase from publisher or Amazon.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.