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Get the motivation and management skills you need to lead a successful nonprofit. The Nonprofit Arts Management Professional Certificate covers the fundamentals of creative entrepreneurship, the process of fundraising and self-promotion, and the basics of effective communication. Learn how to bring your team together with a mission and vision statement as you explore leadership skills that are invaluable at any nonprofit.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • Strategies for organizing staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers
  • Actionable plans for fundraising and revenue generation with a deep dive on financial reporting and nonprofit tax law
  • Writing samples to add to your creative and professional portfolio
  • Business strategies that will set a sustainable foundation of growth for your nonprofit
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Courses Included

Each required course for the Nonprofit Arts Management Professional Certificate is 8 weeks long, fully online, and can be taken for credit or noncredit. Please see course details for more information.

Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Managing a successful nonprofit is a balancing act between short-term strategy and long-term vision. In this course, you will learn how to strike that perfect balance with proven strategies to lead a sustainable and mission-driven nonprofit. Explore innovative approaches to financial planning, fundraising, staff organization, leadership, branding, marketing, and future trends.

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Self-Management and Entrepreneurship

Being a successful creative also means being a smart entrepreneur. Develop practical strategies for managing and monetizing your creativity in this introductory entrepreneurship course. You will learn how to navigate the professional world as a working artist and build a self-sustaining career doing what you love. Get the expertise you need to run a small business, work as a freelancer and thrive in your everyday life.

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Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials

There is a story inside you waiting to be told. In this introductory creative writing and storytelling course, explore new skills to craft your story and find a receptive audience. You’ll cultivate a personal writing style as you close-read work from multiple genres and share constructive feedback with fellow writers. You’ll work directly with Sam Weller—Columbia Chicago professor, award-winning author, and public speaker.

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Certificate pricing and details:

  • Earn 9 hours of college credit: $2,691
  • Take for Non-credit Professional Development: $2,115
  • Fees: $120 Registration Fee (required for both credit and non-credit options)
  • Duration: 24 weeks

SAVE 10% OFF TUITION WITH CODE “CERT10” AT CHECKOUT WHEN YOU SELECT “APPLY A DISCOUNT” UNDER EACH COURSE.

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Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials

There is a story inside you waiting to be told. In this introductory creative writing and storytelling course, explore new…
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Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Managing a successful nonprofit is a balancing act between short-term strategy and long-term vision. In this course, you will learn…
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Self-Management and Entrepreneurship

Build your skills as a creative entrepreneur in this Self-Management and Entrepreneurship course with Columbia College Chicago Online.
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Cara Dehnert Huffman

Cara Dehnert Huffman is an attorney, nonprofit executive, and passionate supporter of the arts and entertainment industries. In addition to teaching, Dehnert Huffman is an active writer and contributor to major art publications and other media outlets, including Chicago Artist Resource, Chicago Art Magazine and more, as well as a strategic planning and philanthropic consultant.

She has previous legal and arts administration experience as the former Executive Director of I Am Logan Square as well as with the Illinois Arts Council, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and other creative organizations in Chicago and nationwide.

Course: Nonprofit Management and Leadership

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Justin Sinkovich

Throughout his career, Justin Sinkovich has started a record store and music venue, managed a record label and founded multiple music startups, including Epitonic.com, one of the first and most influential MP3 websites. His first record store, Landspeed Records, won “Best New Business” of the year (Metro Pulse).

In 2011, the music discovery startup—Epitonic, had grown to include a music and comedy festival, a live recording session series, a record label and a management company. While teaching full time, Sinkovich remains an active entrepreneur, consultant, producer and musician.

Course: Self-Management and Entrepreneurship

"Self-management and freelancing has a very realistic approach to life. Making the tasks more personal and implementing them in the class makes me feel like I can do this in the future."

— Camila R., Columbia Online Student
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Sam Weller

Sam Weller is a fiction and nonfiction writer. Weller is an award-winning author and writer of the national bestseller, The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury. He co-edited the short fiction anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, and in 2014, the graphic novel adaptation of Shadow Show was published. Weller is a frequent lecturer on the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury and has given more than 350 talks worldwide.

Courses: Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials, Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury

Each lesson reveals the endless possibilities our writings can accomplish. Through this, I believe it will further our expectations and ambitions as we delve deeper into the world of writing. It opens worlds, such as the lesson revolving around forms of narrative that could really be useful in times of struggle.

— Cristian R., Columbia Online Student

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