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Online Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management Training

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Master Non-profit Fundraising

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.

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Job Outlook for Grant Writers

According to workforce analytics company Burning Glass, the Los Angeles metro region has one of the highest concentrations of nonprofit fundraising jobs, with the need for grant writers, nonprofit managers and other development specialists expected to grow 15% over the next decade. estimates that grant writers can earn up to $68,000 annually, with the current median salary sitting around $48,000.

In the United States, metropolitan regions and areas adjacent to cities like Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Seattle provided the biggest opportunities for grant writers.

The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) found that “California nonprofits account for 1 in every 16 California jobs.” This equates to over 900,000 California residents working in the nonprofit sector.

Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management FAQs

Why do nonprofits need grant writers?

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.

What do nonprofit managers do?

Nonprofit managers 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.

Are there other ways that nonprofits can fundraise?

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.

What types of grants are available for nonprofits?

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

Is Los Angeles a good place for a nonprofit?

Yes. Public records show that there are over 70,000 nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. Due to the region’s high density of both public and corporate entities, there are billions of dollars available for fundraising opportunities. In fact, Los Angeles Magazine reported that both citizens and corporations in the area donate up to $9.8 billion to nonprofits annually.

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
  • Identify roles of funding agencies, philanthropic foundations and giving institutions
  • Develop effective nonprofit management strategies
  • Develop effective research strategies, data collection, and invention
  • Develop managerial skills that will enable you to supervise both projects and people


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There are no prerequisites to take this course.


  • Introduction to Grant Research
    Identifying grants that fit with your organization; flexibility in the grant research process

  • Introduction to Grant Writing
    Common myths about the grant process, preparing the request for proposal, analyzing and responding to the RFP

  • Advanced Grant Writing
    Program planning and evaluation, defining your program or service and writing a grant proposal

  • Specialized Writing Techniques for Grants
    The front matter of the grant proposal; common errors made in preparing response to a request for funding

  • Technical Writing
    Technical writing skills; writing process of preparing a technical document

  • Writing Essentials
    Four components of writing; planning, composition and grammar techniques

  • Grammar Essentials
    Grammar, syntax and parts of speech; rhetoric and argumentation

  • Budgeting Essentials
    The concept of budgeting; factors to consider in budgeting

  • Fundraising Fundamentals
    Locating funding sources; types of fundraising including, foundation and government grants, annual giving campaigns and corporate sponsorships

  • Nonprofit Management and Governance
    Management and leadership; organization and development

  • Strategic Management in Operations
    Definitions and business models, categories and strategies; strategic planning models

  • Financial and Accounting Management for Nonprofits
    Importance of financial statements and ratios; balance sheets, income statements and statements of cash flows

  • Marketing Management
    Marketing goals, planning and mix; technology and implementation

  • Legal Issues in Operations
    Agency, employment and torts law; intellectual property

  • Organizational Leadership and Decision Making
    What is a leader?; leadership theories, decision making and empowerment

  • Persuasive Communication
    Knowing the audience; the power of listening

  • Negotiating Strategies
    Types of negotiations; steps, tools and preparation for negotiating

Course Hours
: 510    Tuition: $4,195    Credits: 51

You may qualify for WIOA grant funding. Find out more.


Katherine Squires Pang

Katherine Squires Pang, J.D., LL.M., M.Ed has practiced law with since 1983. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Texas, Dallas, and has been an adjunct faculty member of many universities, including New York University and the University of California, Irvine. She received her B.A. in 1980 from Clark University, her J.D. from the University of Dayton Law School in 1982, her LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School in 1983, and her M.Ed from the University of Texas in 2001.

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