Policies & FAQ

Before Class/Registration

  • Registration: You may register for classes online with a credit card or offline with a check, using our registration form [Click here to download (PDF)]. Registration for any class may be completed up until 5:00pm the day before a class begins. Registrations may be accepted after 5:00pm pending availability. Please contact the NLP administrative office to discuss last-minute registrations.

  • Registration Fee Levels: At the time of registration, please self-select the payment level into which your represented organization or personal status best fits. This self-selection process will be based on an honor system; however, any consistent disregard for or violation of this policy will be addressed. Payment levels are currently established as:

    • Level 1: Nonprofits with an annual budget of less than $500,000 and current undergraduate or graduate university students. Half-day classes at this level cost $45, one-day classes $55, and two-day classes $80.

    • Level 2: Nonprofits with an annual budget between $500,000 and $3M and current Government employees. Half-day classes at this level cost $60, one-day classes $70, and two-day classes $115.

    • Level 3: Nonprofits with an annual budget of $3M or more or any nonprofit with grant funded professional development and current Corporate employees. Half-day classes at this level cost $80, one-day classes $100, and two-day classes $150.

    • Not sure about your organization’s budget? Please visit GiveRichmond.org, a local tool hosted by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

  • Registering a Group from Your Organization: We understand that professional development can be a powerful tool for teams. However, to respect the networking and diversity afforded by a publicly available class, we limit the number of individuals attending a class from a specific organization to five. If you are interested in hosting a private professional or leadership development opportunity for your organization with Nonprofit Learning Point, please contact the NLP administrative office.

  • Cancellation/Refund Policy: The program fee paid at the time of registration is a non-refundable fee. If you are no longer available to attend a class for which you are registered, you may contact the NLP administrative office via e-mail at least one week in advance to transfer the program fee to another currently listed class. You also have the option of contacting the NLP administrative office via e-mail at least 24 hours in advance to donate your place in the class to another person.

  • Receipts/Confirmations: Once registered and paid, you will receive an automated email confirmation. Please note that no confirmation will be sent until payment is received. One week before class begins, you will also receive a follow up e-mail containing class handouts, directions, and other important details. If you have not received a confirmation or follow-up at least 48 hours before a class, please email nonprofit@vcu.edu for assistance.

During Class/Attendance

  • Class Hours: Classes, unless otherwise noted, will take place from 9:00am-12:30pm for a half-day class and 9:00am-4:30pm with a half-hour lunch break for a full-day (one- or two-day) class.

  • Printing Materials/Paperless Policy: To help keep program costs affordable to you, Nonprofit Learning Point has a paperless policy and does not make copies of handouts/materials for students. Please follow the link included in the follow-up email sent to you one week before class begins to download and print class materials. If you do not have a printer or are otherwise unable to bring materials with you to class, NLP can print materials for you for a charge of $10 per class. Please arrange this in advance by contacting NLP administrative staff.
  • Lunch/Breaks: All full-day classes will have a half-hour break at mid-day for lunch. Any other scheduled breaks will be given at the discretion of the instructor. In order to keep program costs affordable to you, Nonprofit Learning Point does not provide refreshments. You are encouraged to bring your food and beverages for breaks and lunch as we have a kitchen available with a refrigerator and microwave. A list of nearby restaurants (within a 2‐mile driving distance of the course location) will also be provided for those who prefer to go out.

  • In-Class Behavior: We expect behavior that is considerate of others in class, regardless of demographic or personal belief system.

  • Attendance Policy: Attendance will be taken in class at least twice each day that the class meets (once at the beginning of the day and once after the lunch break). You must be present and actively engaged for the duration of the class in order to earn full hours and apply the class towards any certificate. We understand that, especially in the line of nonprofit work, emergencies and crises happen. If extenuating circumstances cause you to be absent for a total of a half-hour or more for a half-day class or an hour or more for a one- or two-day class, hours will be deducted accordingly from attendance records. In addition, an incomplete class may not apply towards certificate requirements. To read more about the certificates offered by Nonprofit Learning Point, including general requirements, please click here.

  • End-of-Class Reflection Activity: At the end of every Nonprofit Learning Point class, you will be given the opportunity to engage in a short reflection activity. The reflection activity, which may or may not be facilitated by the instructor, will be focused around a one-page handout supplied by NLP staff. The handout is composed of four questions designed to help you reflect individually on the overall class experience and how you plan implement new ideas or tools from the class. Though the reflection activity sheet will be supplied in class and time will be allotted at the end of the class for you to complete it, it is an optional activity and can be completed on your own time. For those working towards the 120-hour Certificate in Nonprofit Management, a collection of reflection activity sheets will be expected for the final portfolio. Please note that it is your responsibility to take home and save your reflection activity sheets. Reflection activity sheets left in the classroom will be discarded. To download a copy of the reflection activity sheet, please click here.
  • Inclement weather: Nonprofit Learning Point follows the inclement weather and closure policy of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence. If a closure or delay should occur, information will be posted on the NLP website and social media platforms.

After Class/Receiving Credit/Accessing Course History

  • Post-Class Evaluation: The day after your class completes, you will receive an invitation to complete a brief survey that will help us understand how well the class met your needs. Your feedback provides us with the opportunity to continuously improve the program and help us raise money to subsidize the cost of your professional and leadership development. Please feel free to e-mail us at any time with additional compliments or concerns.

  • Grading Policy: As of 2014, Nonprofit Learning Point classes are no longer credit bearing and, as such, do not follow a grading policy. To apply a class towards a certificate, you must be present and actively engaged throughout the duration of the class.

  • Course Credit: As of 2014, Nonprofit Learning Point classes are no longer credit bearing. Our classes are approved for CFRE and CEU credit. If you are interested in earning academic credit, please read more about the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, offered by the VCU Wilder School, here.

  • Earning CEUs: Nonprofit Learning Point’s curriculum is approved for awarding CEUs by Virginia Commonwealth University. Our sponsoring department is the Office of Continuing Studies under the Division of Community Engagement. Those wishing to apply CEUs earned in NLP classes towards professional licenses or credentials should refer to the guidelines set in place by the licensing or credentialing body. In many cases, it will be up to your discretion to choose curriculum that is considered an appropriate continuing education topic for your professional license or credentials. Nonprofit Learning Point administrative staff is available to help with recommendations or official CEU transcripts.
  • Viewing Course/Registration History: NLP began using a new database in 2008. As a result, the course history displayed when logging into your account on our website will only include classes taken after this point. To see your complete NLP course history from 1995 to 2013, please access your official VCU transcript by following these instructions:

    • Obtain your VCU ID number (V#) by logging in here and clicking “View Your Account”, then “View My Personal Information”. Your V# will be listed at the top (V + 8 digits). If your V# is not listed or you are having trouble logging in, please contact our office.

    • Click here to visit VCU’s eID search, where you will locate your VCU username and create a password and security questions for access to the VCU portal.

    • Visit VCU’s homepage and log in to the “My VCU” portal to finish activating your online log-in.

    • Select the eServices link in the upper left hand area of the page. Go to the student view, select Student Records, then request your transcript.

    • *If you have difficulty setting up your “My VCU” Portal, please contact the VCU Help Desk at 804.828.2227.

Grandfathering Policies for Certificates

  • Prior to 2014, requirements for earning the Certificate of Achievement in Nonprofit Management were based on traditional VCU academic guidelines. Those who completed credit-bearing and one-day, non-credit-bearing “pilot” classes at Nonprofit Learning Point during this time may apply successfully completed classes (credit-bearing classes that earned an A or B or non-credit-bearing classes for which someone was present the entire day) towards certificate requirements set in place in 2014. These classes will be translated into completed hours under the following guidelines:

    • Successfully completed (receiving an A or a B), two-day, credit-bearing classes will earn ten hours each for contact hours and one hour each for homework completed—a total of eleven hours.

    • One-day, non-credit-bearing “pilot” classes (completed in 2013) will be awarded five hours each for contact hours. In the event that an individual was not present for the entire day, completed hours will not apply towards the certificate requirements.

    • NLP administrative staff will work one-on-one with anyone who completed classes under pre-2014 requirements to translate completed focal area requirements to core area requirements and determine steps needed to complete the certificate.

    • These policies will also apply towards requirements for the 80-hour certificate in nonprofit management.

    • For the Strategic Management, Volunteer Resources Management, and Case Management certificates, pre-2014 completed classes will transfer according to the coursework completed and not the hours completed. NLP administrative staff will be available to assist you with this process.