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Nonprofit Career Development Certificate

Enhance your AmeriCorps experience with instruction & training from leading nonprofit experts to support the next chapter of your career

Build on your AmeriCorps service by gaining a deeper knowledge of the nonprofit sector & grow tangible skills to work effectively in nonprofits.


To accelerate your career, enroll in the ten-week Nonprofit Career Development Certificate program through the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy at The Bush School at Texas A&M University, available EXCLUSIVELY to currently serving AmeriCorps members or AmeriCorps alumni.

The Bush School is offering the Certificate program at a discounted rate of $1,299. This course is an eligible educational expense of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. In addition, scholarships are available to young adult AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps alumni serving or residing in Texas.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Certificate enrollment is open through Friday, January 5, 2024 Thursday, January 11, 2024. Individuals will be notified of scholarship decisions late January 2024.




February 14, 2024 to April 23, 2024


3 hours/week
2 hours asynchronously + virtual class Mondays 5:30-6:30 PM CT


Eligible expense for Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Scholarships available.

Course Descriptions

Social Justice Leadership at Nonprofit Organizations

Deepens participant knowledge of biased systems within nonprofits which have contributed to a longstanding culture of inequity with regard to leadership roles, build participants’ abilities to recognize and take inventory of associated fairness barriers, and empower learners to address these issues from a data perspective to accelerate racial equity at nonprofit organizations.

Situational Leadership Model

Focuses on and introduces the highly regarded theory of leadership, known as the Situational Leadership Model, which focuses on leadership in situations. The assertion of the theory is that different kinds of leadership are required for different situations, and it continues to serve as an important tool for managers and leaders in a variety of professional settings.

Nonprofit Strategic Management

Provides a framework, the Nonprofit Strategic Management Cycle, which identifies strategic decision areas to consider as nonprofit leaders to create social value and sustain organizational operations.

Nonprofit Performance Measurement

Highlights performance measurement as a system that organizes information based on the regular collection and analysis of performance data. Course is designed to assist learners develop implementation skills by using a public service performance measurement system which is built on the concept of the balanced scorecard.

Understanding Fundraising

Introduces participants to the fundamentals of philanthropy at organizations. Participants will acquire knowledge about trends in giving, fundraising ethics, understanding revenue streams, and the various professional fundraising functions and their associated leadership best practices.

Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarships are available to support career pathways for young adult AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps alumni, with a priority for those whose race and income reflect the communities they serve. A scholarship covers the full cost of the Nonprofit Career Development Certificate. You must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a scholarship: 

  • are between the ages of 17 and 25
  • are a currently serving as an AmeriCorps member or previously served as an AmeriCorps member
  • served in the state of Texas, or are currently residing in the state of Texas

If eligible, you will be invited to apply for a scholarship at the end of the enrollment form.

Scholarships are powered by OneStar, and made possible with the support of the National Philanthropic Trust as recommended by Schultz Family Foundation


Hear how the Nonprofit Career Development Certificate helped accelerate the careers of past AmeriCorps participants.

The program has provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the industry, including different roles, organizational structures, and strategic approaches. Through coursework and practical experiences, I have gained valuable insights and knowledge, allowing me to make informed decisions about my career path within the nonprofit sector.

Although working at my AmeriCorps site gave me a strong foundation in how nonprofits function, this course allowed me to dive into nonprofit management from a much more high-level and interdisciplinary perspective, furthering my understanding of theories and frameworks I was previously unfamiliar with while equipping me to approach challenges the way nonprofit leaders and board members might.

Through the course, I developed strong soft skills such as effective communication, leadership, and adaptability, which have helped me thrive in the workplace. Additionally, I gained valuable hard skills in fundraising, program evaluation, and nonprofit management, equipping me with the knowledge and abilities needed to perform my duties effectively and expose blind spots in my current work at my nonprofit.

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