The Graduate Diploma in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership enables working professionals to upgrade their knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the complex and rapidly changing world of philanthropy and leadership.

The diploma complements our Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree (MPNL), the first to be offered in Canada, that prepares graduates to be innovators and leaders in nonprofits, social enterprises, philanthropic foundations, development offices, and in the governments, financial institutions and businesses that interact with them.

The diploma is offered in a hybrid format, involving intensive summer institutes and online learning, aimed at working professionals from across Canada. The program begins in July.

Capital Advantage

Ottawa is the headquarters of many national and international nonprofit organizations and professional associations, as well as a host of community-based organizations. The national capital offers an array of learning and professional opportunities, complemented by ready access to government departments and agencies.  There are unparalleled career opportunities in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, as well as in the governments and businesses that work with this sector.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Charity regulation, tax policies and transparency
  • Place-based philanthropy and alternative financing models
  • Impact and responsible investing
  • Social economy in the North; social enterprise
  • Social media, communications and social/political activism

Program Information


    Length: 2 terms (FT);
    4 terms (PT)

    Entry Terms:

    Summer Application Deadline:
    January 15

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    Contact: Graduate Supervisor – Anil Varughese

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