The Nonprofit Management Program provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of managing nonprofit organizations. The courses listed will meet the needs of those seeking concentrated knowledge to prepare them for a career in the nonprofit sector.


Students who successfully complete all five courses listed here will earn a PGCC Certificate for the Nonprofit Management Program.

Course Descriptions

BUS-605 Fundamentals of Nonprofit Organizations 0.6 CEU

Are you thinking about starting a nonprofit organization but don't fully understand how to start or run it successfully? Perhaps you're joining or advancing in a nonprofit and want to better understand nonprofits. This course discusses the fundamentals of nonprofit organizations: their distinctive purpose, start-up requirements and key considerations for sustainability and growth. You will develop a solid understanding of nonprofit start-up requirements and management principles. Instructor: Kim Rhim.

Two sessions, $75*.

Syn# 03690 | Thursdays | 9/21 & 9/28/23 | 6:30–9:30 p.m. | Remote/Canvas

VOL-334 Public Relations and Communications 0.6 CEU

Examine the event promotion and marketing elements, specifically the event planning process, advertising campaigns, creative brainstorming, budgeting, overcoming obstacles, attracting sponsorships, soliciting volunteers, and getting to know your audience. Answer the question, “Who am I marketing to?” Prerequisite: BUS-401. Instructor: Ivy Pendleton.

One session, $75*.

Syn# 03506 | Saturday | 9/30/23 | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Remote/Canvas

VOL-335 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations and Fundraising 0.6 CEU 
This course focuses on writing, editing and designing specialized publications for nonprofit organizations and industry sponsorship. Topics include grant writing, proposal generation, funding and budgeting the legal way, and communicating with donors and the private sector. It also touches on how to plan nonprofit and fund-raising events. Prerequisite: VOL-334. Instructor: Ivy Pendleton.
One session, $75*.
Syn# 03506 | Saturday | 10/7/23 | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Remote/Canvas
VOL-313 Writing Grant Proposals 0.6 CEU

Develop and package convincing and hard-hitting grant proposals that will sell your organization’s capabilities and meet the needs of the funding organization. Prerequisite: VOL-335. Instructor: Ivy Pendleton.

One session, $75*.

Syn# 03508 | Saturday | 10/14/23 | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Remote/Canvas

BUS-590 Best Practices for Nonprofits

When your message is not articulated clearly, it handicaps your organization’s ability to carry out your mission successfully. Discover the top practices that nonprofit leaders use to communicate well, build a strong reputation, and maintain visibility among their target audiences. Prerequisite: VOL-313. Instructor: Kim Rhim.

One session, $45.

Syn# 03509 | Tuesday | 10/17/23 | 6:30–9:30 p.m. | Remote/Canvas

*Tuition waiver for age 60+. Student pays registration and lab fees.

eLearning Methods at PGCC


Learning on your own time

Students taking an online class can access course content 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have discussions with their instructors and fellow learners using Canvas. Deadlines and due dates will be set for assignments, test, projects, and the like.


Learning in real time

Students that take a remote class will meet online via the Canvas platform at scheduled times with set deadlines and due dates. Students will access learning materials, assignments, and participate in discussions via Canvas.

How to Register

Registering online via Owl Link is the fastest and gives you the best chance to get the classes you want. You’ll need an email address and a credit card to register online.

  • If you have enrolled before, click here to login and register.
  • If you are a new student, click here to create a student account. Follow the prompts. You’ll receive two emails with your login name and password information. Use these to log in to Owl Link from 

Click here for instructions on how to login to Owl Link and search and register for Continuing Education classes.   

Students are encouraged to register for classes on their own through Owl Link, but may also submit a registration form online to the Office of Records and Registration.

Contact Information

Phone: 301-546-0159