Nonprofit and Social Innovation Certificate

As of Spring 2022 we are no longer accepting students because the certificate is being phased out. Be on the lookout for an alternative option in the coming semesters.

If you would have been interested in pursuing this certificate then please email Kyle Gammenthaler at to discuss your options.

The Nonprofit and Social Innovation Certificate provides students with high-impact educational opportunities that will equip them to contribute positively to nonprofit and social purpose organizations.

The certificate includes 13 hours of coursework and an internship with a social purpose organization (nonprofit or for profit) that will enhance a student’s undergraduate education to include preparation for occupations, service roles, and graduate study.

Organizations around the world are increasingly recognizing the importance of addressing societal challenges. This certificate allows students to contribute toward the goal of advancing the world’s prosperity. 

13 Hours of Coursework


BUSN 232 (3 credits): Resource Development (Nonprofit Fundraising)

BUSN 302 (1 credit): Nonprofit Perspectives

BUSN 432 (3 credit): Strategic Philanthropy

Electives (6 credits): Choose 2 from this list: Possible Electives for Certificate in Nonprofit and Social Innovation – current as of 12/1/2020


An internship with a social purpose organization (nonprofit or for-profit) is required. The internship does not need to be taken for academic credit, but needs to be at least 200 hours. This can happen in the fall/spring/summer, or a combination of them. An internship completed for a student’s major (e.g., MGMT 484, MKTG 484, FINC 484, ISTM 484, SCMT 484 or ACCT 484) may be applied to this certificate provided it is with a social purpose organization (nonprofit or for-profit). The internship must offer meaningful, professional-level opportunities to apply business knowledge and skills.

Required Forms:

1. Declaration of Intent – *If you haven’t already talked with Kyle Gammenthaler prior to completing this form then please email him at to set up your initial meeting.

2. Internship Confirmation

3. Graduation Confirmation

For more information email Kyle Gammenthaler.