School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Nonprofit Administration Certificate

Certified Nonprofit Professional Nonprofit Administration Certificate—Certified to Change the World

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Why Choose Nonprofit Administration?

Nonprofit organizations and human services agencies play a vital role in the care and development of our society. To fulfill their mission, these organizations need dedicated, trained professionals with the desire and ability to make a difference in their community and the lives of others.

Wright State is the only university in Ohio to offer both an undergraduate and a graduate certificate in nonprofit administration. Successful completion of certificate requirements enable students to become Certified Nonprofit Professionals through sponsorship of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is a national organization that collaborates with affiliated college/university programs and nonprofit agencies in recruiting, preparing, and placing students in meaningful careers with youth and human service agencies. Participation in the NLA program builds on and enhances a student's chosen major course of study and provides the tools required to achieve success in the field of youth and human service agency management.

The Wright State nonprofit administration certificate program, in concert with NLA, enables students to learn and apply leadership skills in nonprofit settings by combining coursework with hands-on experiences, such as internships, volunteer opportunities, NLA Student Association leadership activities, and professional development workshops. It also enables students to make a difference through education and training in various skill areas, including:

  • Board and committee development
  • Fundraising principles
  • Human resource sevelopment and aupervision
  • Volunteer management
  • General nonprofit administration/management
  • Nonprofit sccounting and financial management
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Risk management
  • Public relations and nonprofit marketing
Under the leadership of Jenny Warner, and with the support of the Better Business Bureau, the Life Enrichment Center, Dayton SCORE Wright State University, the Dayton Metro Library, and many others, the Miami Valley Nonprofit Collaborative has offered rich professional development opportunities to enhance networking and the capacity of the nonprofit sector in the Miami Valley.


In a 2019 survey of 2.321 SPIA graduates, 78 were employed in nonprofit organization management. Wright State alumni from SPIA programs have gone on to work in nonprofits such as Clothes that Work and the Dayton Mediation Center, as well as other organizations, including the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Dayton BBB, Dayton Development Corporation, and Dayton Human Relations Council.

Real-World Experience

SPIA offers fantastic internship opportunities to students in all majors and minors. Recent internships for our students include the Ohio Statehouse, the Dayton Foundation, the YWCA, Community Geographic Information Systems and Citizen Science Research Experiences in Belize, the City of Kettering, City of Yellow Springs, and the Federal District Court.

Service is part of our school’s culture. Through service-learning, students engage with the community, and learn as participants at events, programs, and activities. The university has earned recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for advancing student learning through community engagement.

Academics and Curriculum

View Nonprofit Administration undergraduate and graduate certificate program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.

For more information concerning the requirements of the certificate in nonprofit administration and NLA program activities, contact the program director, Dr. Jennifer Subban, (937) 775-3650, or visit the Wright State University NLA Chapter or email


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