Certificate in Social Impact Consulting

Certificate in Social Impact Consulting

Online Format

Become a trusted advisor to social impact clients in order to advance vital societal change through consulting.

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Consulting on behalf of social impact clients—nonprofits, socially responsible businesses, social movements, associations, government offices, and many other organizational types—is important, yet challenging work. A consultant focused on serving the rapidly evolving social impact sector is a unique professional with a mandate to not only deliver useful professional services, but also to assist clients in realizing their vision for improving lives and society.

The expanding social impact sector is being called upon to lead with an ethos of inclusive social justice while proving the presence of impact. A social impact consultant must navigate changes to the traditional professional consultancy model and remain ahead of the curve in order to become a trusted advisor to clients while also creating a sustainable business model to ensure their work succeeds.

With curriculum developed from Georgetown University's renowned Center for Social Impact Communication, the Certificate in Social Impact Consulting is the first program of its kind to teach current and aspiring consultants how to work nimbly in the quickly evolving landscape to become effective mission-driven professional advisors.

  • Ideal for

    Current & aspiring social impact professionals

  • Duration

    3 months

  • Tuition


  • Format


  • Schedule

    Online courses

  • Semester of Entry

    Fall & spring

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Differentiate how and why consulting in the social impact sector is different than within other sectors
  • Navigate the lifecycle of a client engagement while analyzing the complexities of uncovering the client’s problem or opportunity
  • Establish trust with a client through your personal values and strengths, amidst the dynamics of resistance and power dynamics uniquely at play within social impact organizations
  • Evaluate business development approaches to advance your consulting
  • Assess how emerging trends in social impact consulting apply to your own work
  • Create a personal action plan, through a specialized capstone project, to become a more effective social impact consultant and changemaker