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Course Info / Pricing

1. Course Descriptions

The following 8 courses make up the "Certificate Series".  To view a description for each of these courses, click on the appropriate link below:

1. Strategic Planning 5. Mission-Based Mgmt
2. Resource Development 6. Social Entrepreneurship
3. Board Governance 7. Volunteer Mgmt
4. Marketing 8. Strategic Alliances

2. Course Materials

All of the course materials needed for each course can be found online.  These materials include the following:

The Participant Guide contains: CEU enrollment information, course objectives, an outline of the course, learning activates related to the course, glossary of terms, supplemental materials, biographical information, contact information, featured organizations from the case studies, Q & A with faculty, bibliography, Organizational Assessment Tool, and Action Plan Template.

The CEU/Certificate assignments ask you to identify insights from the readings, answer specific questions about the video, and complete a self-assessment related to the particular topic.  They can be completed on your own schedule and in the location of your choice.  

Each course is designed to be completed in 6 hours.  However, you'll have 30 days to complete each course.  This 30 day period will not begin until the course has been activated.  Courses that are purchased together may be activated in any order that you prefer.

3. Pricing - Certificate Series

Students may choose to purchase courses individually or as a set of 8, and will earn the Certificate of Excellence upon successful completion of all 8 courses (with payment of "Certificate & CEU Fee").

Set of 8 Courses (SNPO Members):   $699.00 (Save $301.00)
Set of 8 Courses (Non-Member):   $900.00 (Save $100.00)
Individual Courses (SNPO Members):   $99.00
Individual Courses (Non-Member):   $125.00
Certificate & CEU Fee (Optional)
  - Individual Courses:   $15.00
  - Set of 8 Courses:   $100.00 (Save $20.00)

Note: Certificate & CEU Fee is required for students looking to receive Certificate of Excellence and/or CEU Credits.  Purchase can only be made once course enrollment is complete. 0.6 CEU's available per course.  See details below.

To become a student, request your Student Enrollment Information now.


4. CEUs and Certificate

Learners who want a recognized credential for their resumes can choose to earn 4.8 continuing education units (CEUs) and the Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Michigan State University awards the CEUs, while the Michigan State University Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies, and the Society for Nonprofit Organizations awards the Certificate of Excellence.

To earn the Certificate and 4.8 CEUs, learners must participate in all 8 programs in the Certificate Series, successfully complete additional assignments, and pay an administrative fee of $15/program (or $100 for the entire series). Learners can also earn .6 CEUs by completing the assignments from individual programs.

All assignments are evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

5. CAETM - Certified Association Executive

The American Society of Association Executives' Certified Association Executive (CAETM) credential is the most respected and sought after designation in association management. CEUs earned through The Learning Institute's online courses may be applicable toward completing the application requirement for ASAE's CAE credential as a self-study program. Each CEU is worth 10 CAE credit hours, and 50% of application hours can be earned through self-study programs. For full details on the CAE program, visit www.asaenet.org/cae (CAE is a trademark of the American Society of Association Executives).

6. Certificate Series

This series of eight courses has been specifically designed to address the core competencies deemed necessary to successfully lead and manage a nonprofit organization. The mastery of these competencies, although not a guarantee of success, will certainly place the learner on the right road and heading in the right direction.

The programs range in scope from Strategic Planning to Strategic Alliances. Along the way, they thoroughly examine such key result areas as Resource Development, Board Governance, and Marketing. They also deal with Financial Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Volunteer Management.

The faculty represents some of the finest experts in the field of nonprofit leadership and management: Alford, Boschee, Brinckerhoff, Campbell, Ellis, Fox, Jones, Martinelli, and Weisman. Each program showcases the faculty membersí wealth of hands-on experience.

7.  Learning Institute

The Learning Institute For Nonprofit Organizations was founded in 1996. It is a program of The Society For Nonprofit Organizations and a collaborative effort with Michigan State University.

The goal of the Learning Institute is to provide affordable, accessible learning experiences for all involved in the nonprofit sector: board members, paid staff, and the myriad of volunteers that make it all work.

8. Return/Refund Policy

Due to the nature of the Independent Study product, returns will only be allowed for courses that have not already been activated.  No refunds will be offered once the package (course) has been opened.  For each course that has not been activated, a $7.00 Service Fee will be deducted from the Refund Amount.  Individual CEU payments of $15.00 will have a Service Fee of $15.00 (Refund Amount: $0.00).

Series CEU payments of $100.00 will have a Service Fee of $25.00 (Refund Amount: $75.00).  These Service Fees cover the following costs: charge/check processing fees, database administration, and/or CEU setup.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this policy.

Due to the nature of the Group Study product, refunds will only be allowed for semesters that have not already been started.  Each semester consists of 4 courses, 1/2 CEU fee, and 1/2 of the Group Study Facilitation Fee. 

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