Introduction to project management

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.

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Cost per course

Members $125/Non-members $250


Qualifying credits

NTEN professional certificate

Certified Fund Raising Executive

Certified Association Executive


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.

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

- Instructor Brenda Miller

Meet the presenter

Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller

Pronouns: she/her

Program Manager, Digital Experience

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. 


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