Introduction to project management

Members $125/Non-members $250

NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.

You can be a great project manager — even without the title! Learn skills that will help you master your next project.
Instructor Brenda Miller

Course Overview

The basics

Learn what project management is and, importantly, what it isn’t.

Process areas

Understand the five process areas in project management.

Project charter

Create a project charter to set clear goals and manage expectations.


Project management doesn’t have to be difficult. Once you know the fundamentals, it will be easier to get things done at your nonprofit. You can apply project management to anything that has a beginning and an end. Whether you’re working on a website redesign, implementing new software, or creating a new program, you can apply project management principles.

In this introductory course, you’ll learn the five process areas in project management — initiating, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing — and how each can help you move successfully through a project. You’ll come up with a project charter that describes a sample project’s key details, such as purpose, scope, and milestones. You’ll also discover many resources and tools you can use to manage any project you encounter.


Brenda Miller

Program Manager, Digital Experience
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Brenda Miller is a certified project manager, currently employed with Thumbtack as a Digital Program Manager. Brenda worked in the nonprofit industry for a decade before transitioning to tech. She's found that many of her roles in fundraising, alumni relations and website management, were project management roles before she had a project management role. Brenda also is the founder and host of the Moms Hustle Different podcast. 
Blended courses run for one week and offer a mix of self-paced and live events to offer both the flexibility you need with the personal connection you want.
Pre-Work (Readings & Quiz)

Live Event

Recording Available
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)


Several relevant articles will establish key concepts and ideas as a primer to the live event, and help you to identify questions and topics you want to explore further.

Knowledge Check

A brief quiz will reinforce what you've learned so far. Don't stress - it isn't pass/fail - it is just to help you remember and distill the concepts you read in the pre-work.

Live Event

This is a 90-minute live captioned online training with opportunities to interact with the presenter and your peers. And if you can't make the live session, you'll be able to access a captioned recording.


Faculty, themselves experts with a wealth of nonprofit experience, have created exercises that will reinforce what you've learned and give you actionable steps to improving your organization.

Earn While You Learn - Professional Credits

In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits:


NTEN Professional Certificate