Nonprofit Finance Certificate

Many nonprofit organizations struggle with some aspect of financial management, whether it is financial statements or reporting, policy, planning, analysis, strategy, or simply figuring out the roles and responsibilities of all the individuals who share fiscal responsibility for a nonprofit organization. This certificate program supports individuals who manage finances at nonprofit organizations and can be earned in five months.

Nonprofit Finance Certificate

The center engaged seven practicing nonprofit CFOs representing health and human services, arts and culture, education, and healthcare along with five tax and audit professionals and five nonprofit finance scholars from around the country to design this unique program. The course meets for six eight-hour intensive sessions during the semester, and you have an opportunity to interact with instructors who are actively working in the field. In addition to class meetings, two out-of-class assignments – a team project to assess internal controls and a practicum that may directly benefit the participant’s organization – are required to earn this certificate.

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  • Current senior leaders including executive directors, CFOs or CDOs
  • Current staff members of nonprofits who aspire to become a senior leader

Attention CPAs:

The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is a Registered CPE Course Provider We have registered with the Texas State Board of Accountancy (Registration no. 600) to meet the requirements of the continuing professional education rules covering maintenance of attendance records, retention of program outlines, qualifications of instructors, program content, physical facilities and length of class hours. This registration agreement does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of the program or its contribution to the professional competence of the licensee.

Rice University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

CPE credits: 50

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Application Process

Early application deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

General application deadline: Jan. 12, 2018

To begin the application process, you must submit the following completed forms: the program application form, résumé or curriculum vitae, a personal statement and one professional letter of recommendation. 

Once all required documents have been received, completed files will be reviewed after the application deadline. Decisions regarding admittance into the program will be made by an admissions committee and applicants will receive an official decision letter within two (2) weeks from the review period. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis, after the initial group of applicants has been considered. 

Please note that you can fill out the application form on your computer, then print it out and submit it to our office with the items listed in the application. 

Mail completed applications to:  

Rice University Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership
PO Box 1892 - MS 550
Houston, TX 77251-1892


Submit via email to:, For additional information regarding the application process, please contact our program coordinator at 713-348-6009 or via email at for further assistance.

Financial Information

Tuition: $3,195 (textbooks included)

Note: Employees of 501c3 organizations in the greater Houston area may be eligible for financial aid of up to 50 percent of tuition.

Scholarship Options

Partial scholarships may be available to individuals currently employed by a nonprofit organization located in the greater Houston area. Please complete the appropriate section of the Nonprofit Finance application if you would like to be considered for program fees assistance. Scholarship decisions will be made by the admittance committee and awarded recipients will be notified at the same time of their admissions decision.

Alternative Payment Options

Payment plan options are available by request for those who do not qualify for the scholarship option and need additional assistance. Payment plans may also be requested to pay the remaining balance of the program fees after scholarship funds have been awarded. Payment plans will not be granted after the start of the program. Contact the program coordinator for the required forms needed to request this option.

Refund Policy

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of the dates listed by program area. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

The Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership issues refunds up to 10 working days before class starts. If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping fees will be deducted.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.

Program Completion Requirements

This certificate requires six eight-hour classroom, intensive sessions, where participants have the opportunity to work with expert instructors. It also includes two out-of-class assignments including a team project to assess internal controls and a practicum.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Session 1: Financial Roles and Policies, Terminology, and Theories

9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Session 2: Internal Controls and Financial Statements

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Session 3: Financial Statement Analysis, Investments, Liabilities

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Internal Controls Assignment Due

Session 4: Budgeting, Cash Flows, and Cost Allocation

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Session 5: Government Funding and Government Auditing

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Practicum Assignment Due

Session 6: Audits and 990

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Our high-quality instructors may be found on the Nonprofit Finance Certificate course page. 

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Join us for a free, online information session. 

  • Tuesday, October 24, 1-1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 13, 1-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 1-1:30 p.m.

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