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Volunteer Management - Continuing Education Programs In Wisconsin

Working in the nonprofit sector can be as awarding as it is challenging especially with the ever changing policies, rules, funding, clients' needs, and volunteer's goals. Here is a list of universities and colleges that are offering nonprofit management trainings, workshops, and certificates.

 CVA: Certified in Volunteer Administration

Professional certification signals a commitment to excellence. It confirms that individuals have the knowledge needed to competently attract, onboard and support volunteers. Certification promotes personal confidence, and helps employers hire, verify and reward relevant expertise.

Why Certify?

Benefits for YOU, the individual practitioner:

  • clarification of personal values and professional ethics
  • identification of strengths and areas for growth
  • enhanced self-esteem through peer recognition
  • increased confidence in problem-solving skills
  • increased personal and professional credibility
  • transferable documentation of knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • reinforced commitment to professional excellence
  • may contribute to hiring and job security
  • may lead to more recognition from top management

Benefits to your ORGANIZATION or EMPLOYER:

  • demonstrates employer’s commitment to competence
  • increased confidence in employee abilities
  • quality professional development for employees
  • useful in making hiring decisions
  • relevant framework for performance appraisal
  • identifies and documents leadership potential


Individuals wishing to pursue the CVA certification must meet these requirements in order to register as a candidate:

  1. Minimum of the equivalent of three years full-time experience related to volunteer resources management. This experience can be a combination of several part-time positions, and can include both salaried and non-salaried roles.
  2. Minimum of 30 percent of current position related to volunteer resources management.
  3. Documentation of education and related experience.

For more information about the CVA , check out the Council for Certified in Volunteer Administration's website by clicking here.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Continuing Education department offers a nonprofit management certificate, nonprofit workshops, professional grant writing certificate, Wegner CPA's nonprofit roundtable series, and numerous other nonprofit management seminars and presentations.

Upcoming Seminars:

Nonprofit Volunteer and Board Member Management

Leaders of nonprofit organizations get their work done through others-most notably board members and volunteers. The ability to effectively motivate and manage these important groups is critical to your personal and organizational success.This session will provide you with the insights you need to:

  • Identify and recruit the right board members to achieve your vision and mission
  • Effectively recruit, motivate and retain productive and committed volunteers
  • Build exceptional relationships with board members and volunteers
  • Work most effectively with teams and committees-and their leaders
  • Design, implement and leverage regular board member and board reviews

You'll leave this session with renewed energy and proven strategies that you can immediately implement to boost board member and volunteer engagement and enthusiasm.

Cost: $149 per seminar

Nonprofit Strategic Planning

Effective planning can help nonprofits achieve their goals while minimizing the resources and effort required to generate desired results. Strategic planning can help you identify and act on new opportunities for mission impact and organizational growth. This session will introduce you to the key concepts and techniques of strategic planning and, most importantly, how to apply them!You'll gain the insights you need to:

  • Prepare your nonprofit for effective strategic planning
  • Involve board members and other key stakeholders in meaningful ways
  • Design a strategic planning process that is relevant, flexible and achievable
  • Use proven information-gathering tools and data sources
  • Incorporate ongoing strategic thinking into board and staff meetings

You'll benefit from opportunities to experience some of the critical activities of the strategic planning process through a combination of small group activities, small and large group discussions and individual reflection.

Cost: $149 per seminar

For more information about the Nonprofit Continuing Education that the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers, check out UW- Eau Claire's website by clicking here.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Continuing Education offers two certificates and numerous nonprofit courses. The two certificates they offer are an Introductory Nonprofit Certificate and a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Upcoming courses: 

Social Media for Nonprofits

Get an introduction to the use of social media in communicating, marketing, public relations and fundraising for nonprofits. The workshop explores the major social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest) as vehicles for nonprofits to reach their members, volunteers and donors.

The workshop employs case studies, interactive exercises, and video commentary from nonprofit management experts to engage learners.

When – Register at any time
Where - ONLINE
Cost - $79
Creative Nonprofit Leadership
Hone and grow your leadership skills. Focus on effective approaches to lead a team of people to accomplish shared goals, and discover creative ways to achieve positive outcomes.
When – Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3 pm
Where - UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
Cost - $150 if you register by Wed., March 29, 2017 and $165 if you register after Wed., March 29, 2017.
Registration Deadline – Wednesday, April 12, 2017
For more information about the School of Continuing Education Nonprofit Management program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, check out UW-Milwaukee's website by clicking here.

University of Wisconsin-Superior

University of Wisconsin-Superior's Center for Continuing Education offers certificate programs and nonprofit and fund development workshops. The two certificate programs that UW-S offers are Fund Development Certificate program and Nonprofit Administration Certificate program.

The Fund Development Certificate program was designed to provide individuals with knowledge, understanding, and skills required to be an effective team or board member for a nonprofit organization.

The Nonprofit Administration Certificate program will provide a well-rounded foundation in administration that helps to develop skills in working with trustees, human resources, evaluation, funding, and marketing.

Upcoming Workshops:
Nonprofit Communications and Marketing
This seminar will consider how your organization is viewed by the public.  It will look at crafting your mission message, maintaining your organization's brand, getting your message out, managing both positive and negative publicity, and developing an inclusive marketing/communication plan. Print advertising, social media as well as other communication strategies will be investigated as components of marketing and communications for your organization.
When – Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where - UW-Superior
Fee- If enrolled in Certificate, each one-day (6 hours) class is $119; two-day (12 hours) $238; if taking courses "stand-alone" (not enrolled in Certificate), each one-day (6 hours) class is $139; two-day (12 hours) $279.
Team Building 
Many nonprofits, especially those that are understaffed, must make use of every employee's expertise and experience. Explore the definition of "team." Is a true team really necessary? Capitalize on each team member's analytical and organizational abilities.

Topics include:

  • The four "C's" of effective teams
  • Why competition can be self-defeating
  • Seven critical attributes for effective team performance
  • How to get a team started
  • Team/member assessment
  • How to effectively train team members
  • Developing an effective team checklist
  • Learning the levels of "teaming"
  • Maintaining momentum by evaluating/improving team effectiveness
When – Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where - UW-Superior
Fee- $129 or $119 if enrolled in the program

For more information about Nonprofit and Fund Development program at UW-Superior, check out UW-Superior website by clicking here.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Continuing Studies offers a nationally accredited management development program, the Certified Public Manger (CPM) Program. The CPM Program will prepare managers for the challenges and unique demands of the public management profession.

There are three ways to learn: through a self-directed program, cohort group, and to take individual classes if your end goal is not certification.

Upcoming CPM classes:

Cultural Competence: Embracing the Other in All of Us
Workforce demographics are changing rapidly. Expand your understanding of workplace diversity and enhance your cross-cultural communication skills through interactive learning. Discover how diversity enriches work teams and strengthens your entire organization.

When- Friday, April 7, 2017 from 8:30am-3:15pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

Using Data for Better Decisions
Learn how to use research correctly, including how to interpret and incorporate available research findings to support your goals and activities, and design research studies to shine light on critical issues. Explore the meanings of the most-used statistical indices and when you should use each of them, and discover how people can be misled using statistical figures and devices.

When- Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 8:30am-3:15pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

Honoring Our Common Differences: Leadership for Inclusivity
Inclusivity is the practice of radical hospitality, where people of diverse social and cultural groups experience uncompromising respect and dignity. Inclusive leaders value and actively encourage multiple perspectives, creating a positive, collaborative environment in which people feel safe to be themselves and engage in their best work. Gain insights into unconscious bias and inclusivity on individual and organization levels.

When- Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 8:30am-4:30pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI
Cost-$165, includes lunch

Strategies for Effective Supervision
Discover approaches to strengthen your relationship with those you supervise. Through class discussion and exercises, improve your performance of the various supervisory roles you fill: coach, counselor, performance manager, delegator, trainer, team builder, and team manager.

When- Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 8:30am-3:15pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

Building Effective Teams
One of the most important tasks facing an organization is building a cohesive team that empowers the organization to reach its goals. Learn proven techniques for effective team development and management that can help you strengthen participative management in your organization and promote long-term enthusiasm for team projects.

When- Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8:30am-3:15pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

Essential Time and Stress Management Techniques
Take an in-depth exploration into the relationship between time and stress. Discover different approaches to managing time and stress, practice stress management techniques, and develop a personal time/stress management system that reflects your values, priorities, roles, and preferences.

When- Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 8:30am-3:15pm
Where- Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

Facilitating Cross-Cultural Groups and Global Teams

Today, organizations work increasingly with staff and partners who come from all corners of the world. As a result, we find ourselves facilitating meetings and teams with significant cultural differences. Learn insights, strategies, and techniques to improve your cross-cultural sensitivity and competence as a facilitator and leader in a culturally diverse context. Explore key causes of cross-cultural misunderstandings and how to overcome them.

When- Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 9:00am-3:30pm
Where- University Research Park, MGE Innovation Center, 510 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI
Cost-$325, includes lunch and book
For more information about the Certified Public Manager Program at UW-Madison, check out UW-Madison website by clicking here.

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Department of Public Administration offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) program as well as an undergraduate Public Administration minor.
The MPA curriculum is composed of three parts for a total of 36 credits: Core Program, Professional Emphasis, and Capstone Experience.
Cost- $480.86 per credit-hour for Wisconsin residents, with no additional fees assessed.
For more information about Master of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, checked out UW-Oshkosh's website by clicking here.
Know of any other accredited universities/colleges offering nonprofit certificates or continuing education programs not listed above?  Please let us know by emailing