Want to make a difference as well as earn a paycheck?

The nonprofit sector continues to thrive, and this certificate program provides the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as a leader in community-based organizations. With an emphasis on issues related to diverse, urban communities, this program spans everything from policy analysis to fundraising to managing volunteers.

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To obtain the certificate, you must complete 15 credits as described below, while fulfilling the requirements of the baccalaureate degree. The certificate is open to all undergraduates, as well as students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any accredited college or university.

You may complete this program completely online (*excluding general education requirement courses), though some courses may be offered in the face-to-face format as well.


Foundations and Policy (6 credits)
ED POL 601 Foundations of Community-Based Organizations
ED POL 603 Policy Analysis for Community-Based Organizations

Fundraising and Marketing (6 credits)
ED POL 602 Proposal Writing & Other Fundraising Skills
ED POL 604 Marketing for Community-Based Organizations

Leadership Course (3 credits – choose one)
AD LDSP 537 Leadership and Management of Volunteer Programs
AD LDSP 617 Leadership in Youth Serving Organizations

Other Related Courses for Interested Students
AD LDSP 537 Leadership and Management of Volunteer Programs
AD LDSP 581 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs
AD LDSP 582 Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs
AD LDSP 607 Coordination of Staff Development and Training Program
AD LDSP 647 Evaluation of Adult and Continuing Education Programs
AD LDSP 667 Program Planning in Adult Education
ED POL 424 Foundations of Fiscal Policy in Community-Based Organizations
ED POL 510 Human Relations in Community-Based Organizations
ED POL 610 Reproduction of Minority Communities
ED POL 630 Race & Public Policy in Urban America
ED POL 633 Community Development for Low-income and Minority Communities

Gainful Employment

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a stand-alone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a stand-alone certificate who are seeking financial assistance maybe eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

Below is a link to a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.


Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information. At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.


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profile photoJulie KailinAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-6623jkailin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 521
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profile photoAaria TroianoSenior LecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-4724atroiano@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 529
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