Nonprofit Manager + Professional Grant Writing

Master Nonprofit Fundraising

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Grant writing is one of the most important aspects of working in the nonprofit sector. The success of a nonprofit comes down to how they structure their organization and how well they fundraise. This 100% online course will train you to manage the entire process of writing a funding proposal for your nonprofit organization. You’ll learn how to create a successful grant proposal and manage your organizational goals, projects, and outcomes. Upon course completion, you will be prepared for the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam offered by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).

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Job Outlook for Grant Writersgpc certificate logo

  • According to workforce analytics company Burning Glass, the need for grant writers and other fundraising specialists is expected to grow 15% over the next decade.
  • com estimates that grant writers can earn up to $71,000 annually, with the current median salary sitting just over $49,000.
  • According to, the base salary for Non-Profit Grant Writer ranges from $45,294 to $53,744 with the average base salary of $48,525.

FAQs about Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management

Not-for-profit (or nonprofit) 501(c) entities rely on fundraising and development to sustain their mission. Grant writing is one of the key strategies in the nonprofits sector for fundraising.

Nonprofit managers to oversee organizational structure and day-to-day activities of a nonprofit. These individuals focus on administration rather than generating revenue. However, for many small or startup nonprofits, the roles of fundraising and management may fall on the same individual.

Yes. Beyond grant writing, organizations can set up auctions, donation drives, events and more. To do this, a nonprofit must have a clear mission, vision and organizational structure.

Federal, state, foundation and corporate grants are available. The Federal government is the largest source of grant funding.

Course Objectives

  • Be able to research, plan and write effectively for multiple purposes in the nonprofit sector
  • Understand the entire grant proposal writing process, including defining scope, project management and financial projections
  • Describe how current trends can impact the distribution of funds in the private and public sectors
  • Describe how to match grant funders and fundable programs
  • Prepare a grant budget with appropriate costs, cash, in-kind or leveraged matches
  • Develop managerial skills that will enable you to supervise both projects and people

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Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course.


  1. Nonprofit Manager
    1. The Nonprofit Sector
    2. Defining Your Mission/Imagining Your Vision
    3. Governance and Leadership
    4. Volunteer Management
    5. Nonprofit Finance
    6. Fund Development
    7. Other Revenue Sources
    8. Other Revenue Sources
    9. Other Revenue Sources
    10. Human Resources
    11. Human Resources
    12. Change is The Only Constant
    13. Nonprofit Manager Final Exam
  2. Professional Grant Writing
    1. Why Get a Grant Writing Certification
    2. Being Confident in Your Grant Writing Skills
    3. Grant Funding Trends
    4. Grant Funding Resources and Best Matches for Programs and Projects
    5. Establishing Initial and Ongoing Relationships with Funders
    6. Relationship Between Organizational Development and Grant Seeking Readiness
    7. Proposal Writing Preparation
    8. Proposal Writing Research, Implementation Strategies, Writing Characteristics, and Incorporating Graphics
    9. Writing the Boilerplate for the Grant Applicant Organization    
    10. Diving Deep into Organizational Development Strategies and Funding Needs
    11. Midterm Exam and Writing Prompt Response
    12. Stakeholders, Partnerships, and Key Personnel Collaborations and Communications
    13. Effective Program and Project Design and Development Strategies
    14. Community Resources, Evaluation Designs, and Cultural Competencies
    15. Proposal Budgets
    16. Grant Proposal Submission Processes and Follow-up for Unfunded Submissions
    17. Funded Grant Requests
    18. Writing an Effective Case Statement for Fundraising Purposes
    19. Capstone Assignment: Case Statement
    20. Deciding to Move Forward with Certification
    21. Employability Ethics
    22. Bonus Lesson: Interview Pregame
    23. Professional Grant Writing Final Exam


Dr. Beverly A. Browning

Dr. Beverly A. Browning is a grant writing consultant and visionary who uses thought leadership to work with nonprofit organizations struggling with the woes of revenue stream imbalances. She has been researching grant funding, grantmaking trends, and board-related barriers to nonprofit capacity building for over 40 years. Together she and her team have helped her clients win over $750 million in grant awards.

Dr. Browning is the founder and director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation and Bev Browning, LLC. She is the author of 44 grant writing publications, including six editions of Grant Writing for Dummies and the 6th edition of Nonprofit Kit for Dummies (to be published in 2021).

Dr. Browning holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in organizational development, public administration, and business administration. She is also a Certified Strategic Planning Facilitator (CSPF), has a McNellis Compression Planning Institute Facilitation Training distinction, and is an Approved Trainer for the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), the Certified Fund Raising Executive International (CFRE, and the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

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