GIS Use in Non-Profit Organizations Undergraduate Certificate

An innovative, problem-solving approach to learning and using GIS.

Program Overview

Take your mission to the next level by equipping your nonprofit organization with the latest Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. Learners will walk away with tools, strategies and geospatial thinking capabilities that can help your non-profit organization obtain data more effectively, gain deeper insights, make smart data-driven decisions, and prepare engaging presentations. Admissions not required for this program. Download the registration form below to get started.

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Program Benefits:

  • Effectively and efficiently find and analyze data to determine and present needs, impacts and organizational strengths
  • Develop spatially-based presentations and communication flows to maximize stakeholder engagement and influence organizational decision-making
  • Learn and apply geospatial analysis using a variety of Esri GIS tools

Who Should Enroll?

Ideal for professionals and volunteers looking to gain a working understanding of Esri GIS tools and spatial thinking. No prior GIS experience required. The goal is to develop staff and volunteer capacity through effective use of Esri software.


8-week course

2 courses total

Estimated Cost

$350 per course

$700 full program

Ways to Learn



3 credits per course

6 academic credits total
Certificate Details

Course Descriptions

SSCU 477 - Geospatial Approaches to Society

This course focuses on how to think about the role of space and place
for understanding society and the surrounding environment. Specifically,
using multiple research methods, students will conceptualize and
employ geospatial technology to analyze societal and environmental
issues and provide creative solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction to various Esri tools and how to use them, including ArcGIS Online, Community Analyst, Living Atlas, Survey123, and Story Maps.
  • Visualizing spatial information and analysis.
  • Apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to examine and propose policies for social and environmental challenges.
  • Using GIS to document local knowledge about resources, people and places.


SSCU 383 - Social Science Communications: Reporting & Writing

This course will address how to write, report, and communicate across various social science careers using transliteracy approaches for policy creation and communication. Transliteracy is the ability to understand and communicate across all communications platforms such as reading, writing, mass media, speech, and social media. Students will learn how to communicate professionally across cultures in both oral and written format, using qualitative, quantitative, and geospatial references.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to communicate to a variety of audiences using spatial thinking and GIS.
  • Integrate spatial thinking/GIS into non-profit reporting and messaging.
  • Learn how to translate data and information into spatially-based infographics for effective communication.
  • Maximize non-profit’s ability to attract funding through the use of socio spatial evaluation and reporting.

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