The Community Foundation of San Joaquin (“Community Foundation”) in partnership with the University of the Pacific, Benerd College, developed a four-month-long Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program designed to support the professional development needs of middle to upper-level management employees working at nonprofits located in San Joaquin County. Individuals who are new to the Executive Director/CEO role or lead a small nonprofit (five full-time employees or less) are also encouraged to apply. The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program begins in August and ends in December. Courses are taught in a classroom setting, along with an online component. Participants who successfully complete the requirements of the program receive a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of the Pacific. The Learning Grant underwrites the direct costs for participants in the program (approximately $1,500). Interested individuals must have approval to apply from their direct supervisor or Executive Director/CEO (or Board Chair if applicant is the ED/CEO). Only one application per organization may be submitted.

Deadline to apply was July 8, 2022



Subject Matter Covered In-Class:
  • Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Leadership in a Nonprofit Organization
  • Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development
  • The cohort will be surveyed to select three additional subjects to be covered in-class
Online Courses:
  • Capital Campaigns
  • How to Read a Nonprofit Financial Statement
  • Budgeting in a Nonprofit Organization
  • Leadership in a Nonprofit Organization
  • Principles of Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development
  • Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Introduction to Grant Writing
  • Social Media for Nonprofits
  • Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
Course Schedule:
  • Applications due by July 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (PST).
  • Courses take place between August – December.
  • Online course portal opens in August.
  • In-person classes meet every other week for one and a half hours.
  • Class location and course information will be shared prior to the start of the program.


Past (and current) Program Participants:

  • Bags Of Hope Stockton Foundation
  • Black Urban Farmers Association
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton                                   
  • Children’s Museum of Stockton                                                   
  • Emergency Food Bank of Stockton                                            
  • Faith in the Valley
  • FIX’D Inc.
  • Garden Joy
  • HATCH Workshop
  • Hospice of San Joaquin
  • Lodi House
  • Mary Graham Children’s Foundation
  • Micke Grove Zoological Society
  • Miracle Mile Improvement District
  • Ready To Work
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Sow A Seed Community Foundation
  • Stockton Art League
  • Stockton Civic Theatre Inc
  • Stockton Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
  • Stockton Shelter for the Homeless
  • The Dome of Hope Organization, Inc
  • Victory in Praise Church