Nonprofit organizations play vital roles in our communities and contribute to our quality of life. These organizations have unique management, funding, and finance issues that require specialized training.

The Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy certificate meets the needs of students who have a desire to prepare for a career in a nonprofit role and/or who may impact the nonprofit sector through volunteering on a board, committee, or project. 

Course Work

Core courses cover essentials in nonprofit leadership, fund raising, communication strategies, and nonprofit ethics and governance. A minimum of 21 s.h. is required for this certificate. 

The program provides a balance of academic principles and real-world experience, as well as a fundamental understanding of how nonprofit organizations participate in building communities. Students must complete a 3 s.h. field experience. 

Electives allow students to explore interest in entrepreneurship, politics, the arts, health care, social work, and more. 

Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. 

Courses are offered on campus and online, which allows distance and online students the opportunity to earn the certificate.

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Student Opportunities

In addition to having 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Study Abroad Programs and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources

The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy is administered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (College of Liberal Arts) and the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship (Tippie College of Business). The certificate is awarded by University College.


Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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