Applications have closed for the 2023-24 cohort

Building the Capacity of Vermont's Current & Future Nonprofit Leaders

Are you eager to learn the skills and expertise necessary to make an impact in the mission-driven nonprofit sector?

Common Good VT's Nonprofit Management (NPM) Certificate provides immediately applicable training in the core competencies of nonprofit management and emerging nonprofit issues. This is a unique opportunity for people who want to make a serious investment in their mission-driven careers.
The program is Vermont's longest-standing training program for nonprofit leaders. For over 13 years, this renowned program has fostered professional growth for executive directors, staff, and emerging leaders from Vermont and Northern New England.

Who Should Apply?

Whether you are currently in a leadership position or are new to the sector, this program is for you. The Certificate Program is designed for active practitioners and leaders in Northern New England’s vibrant nonprofit community. Professionals transitioning to the nonprofit sector or who are starting their own nonprofit are also welcome.

When is the Program?

The 2023 program will launch this fall with bi-weekly trainings on Fridays (8:30 AM - 1:30 PM via Zoom) from October 6th through January 19th: 10/6/23, 10/20/23, 11/3/23, 11/17/23, 12/1/23, 12/15/23, 1/5/24, and 1/19/24.

Sample Topics:
  • Program Orientation & Introduction to VT Nonprofits
  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Governance & Board Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Outcomes & Evaluation
  • Employment & Human Resources
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access
The program offers additional (optional) learning opportunities to participants seeking learning outside of the core lessons. We strive to adapt the content of our program to the current needs of nonprofit professionals and their organizations, so these topics may shift depending on cohort needs.

What is Included in the Program?

This virtual program includes a mix of self-guided learning, bi-weekly virtual classes, and cohort discussions. Our list of trainers and speakers include some of Vermont’s leading nonprofit consultants, funders, and policymakers who support Vermont’s nonprofit sector.

Participants will receive additional nonprofit resources such as the Northern New England Nonprofit Wages & Benefits Report (value of $125 plus discounts on NH and ME Reports).

What is the Program Cost?

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is designed to support the success and professional development of nonprofit leaders, and at $2000, is a valuable investment in building your personal leadership capacity.

Financial Assistance

The 2023 deadline to apply for scholarship funds is August 11, 2023.

Options for financial assistance:
  • TD Bank Nonprofit Resources Grant (rolling monthly, limit of one grant per year per organization).
  • AmeriCorps Education Award for current AmeriCorps members and alumni.
  • VSAC Advancement Grant is for Vermont residents enrolled or planning to enroll in a non-degree course or training program (need based on household income).

Program Application

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. This year's program will be capped at 30 participants with preference for applicants working in Vermont for Vermont-based organizations.

Applications have closed for the 2023-24 cohort

About Common Good Vermont

Common Good Vermont is the only statewide program in Vermont dedicated to uniting and strengthening all mission-driven organizations that serve the Green Mountain State. Common Good Vermont is the go-to resource for nonprofits to share resources, gain skills, and build partnerships.
Common Good Vermont is a recently merged statewide program of United Way of Northwest VT and a nonprofit ally member of the National Council of Nonprofits.

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This program has been made possible by generous support from the Vermont Community Foundation, High Meadows Fund, and National Life Group Foundation.