There is no greater reward than doing good. Across the country, across the world, people come to work in the nonprofit sector because they have decided to do something bigger than themselves. The nonprofit professionals work in nonprofits that are as different from one another as are for-profit companies. And nonprofits ARE different from for-profits. But they have one thing in common: the end product or service is not about money, but about touch. And there are many hands that contribute to that final handshake, pat on the back, or even a hug.
Maximizing Your Mission
You’ve been working in the field. Or maybe you’re looking for a purpose in your life. The MS in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy is designed for nonprofit senior professionals or people who want to be the CEO of their organization. Simply put—the people who want to make a difference. Who want to be leaders.
So be prepared to be engaged in the classroom (both online and on ground). There’s active give and take among professors and students. Projects aren’t just from a textbook, but come from nonprofits that need a helping hand, or an idea you have that could change your organization. This is your opportunity to blend theory with practice. And you’ll have a group of like-minded peers that will support and encourage you along the way.
The breadth of content in the program ranges across the nonprofit spectrum so you know what it takes to run, manage, and lead an organization: strategic planning, financial analysis, board governance, fundraising, volunteer management and other areas critical to being a successful organization. That’s what makes this program unique. It’s student-centered AND nonprofit centered.
Balancing the Equation
The NPM program recognizes the challenges of the New Economy. In a world of limited resources, nonprofit organizations compete for media attention, recognition, and, most importantly, funding. That’s why there’s a special focus in the program on being financial independent. Of shifting the organization so the emphasis is on the mission, and not just the money. Of getting the job done well.