Nonprofit Leadership Studies
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The Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program is designed to develop the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders, prepared to engage as highly effective and dedicated professionals committed to improving the quality of life for people around the world. The nonprofit sector is highly diverse, addressing issues and needs related to health services, education, social and legal services, civic and environmental advocacy, international relations and development, arts and culture, and youth and human services. Example organizations include the American Red Cross, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, National Urban League, United Way, World Vision, YMCA, 4-H and a range of institutions in healthcare, higher education, and faith-based commitments.
Through the Program students will obtain knowledge and skills in the areas of program development, marketing and public relations, financial resource development and management, cultural competency and diversity, volunteer and human resource management, as well as many other competencies needed to work in and lead nonprofit organizations. The Program integrates teaching, research, and service to develop the skills, provide the experiences, and nurture the spirit and passion required of effective leadership. The Program is a member of the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, which is committed to "strengthening the social sector with a talented, prepared workforce." All graduates from the Program will be able to earn a National Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Alliance and be recognized as a "Certified Nonprofit Professional" (CNP).
Additionally, most classes in the Program involve a service-learning project and can help students earn the designation of Service Learning Scholar at graduation.