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Concentration in Leadership for the Nonprofit Organization

In 2009, there were more than 1.8 million nonprofit organizations in the United States with leadership opportunities in hospitals, churches, educational institutions, social welfare organizations, and charitable organizations. Nonprofit professionals, educators, administrative support workers, and service occupations account for the majority of paid workers in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit organizations are requiring more leaders with the right skill set that includes: oral and written communication skills and effective problem solving and critical thinking skills to run their organizations. The Nonprofit Sector's Leadership Deficit White Paper states that the nonprofit sector will likely need nearly 80,000 new leaders by 2016.

The Leadership for the Nonprofit Organization concentration is designed to promote excellence in the governance and leadership of nonprofit philanthropic organizations. The program's focus is on creating better leaders, better organizations, and better communities. The concentration prepares graduates for a successful leadership career in a high-growth sector through the acquisition of key skills associated with promotion, strategic planning, fund development, board governance, and recruitment. Nonprofit organizations employ a sizable and increasing share of the nation's workforce, with employment growth outpacing a number of major industries. Nonprofits might include community organizations, neighborhood associations, child welfare agencies, family support centers, healthcare organizations, municipal offices, and civic groups. The learning outcomes for this concentration include:

  1. Students will learn concepts, principles, and processes related to the United States federal and state laws under which nonprofit organizations operate and consider their effect on the establishment and operation of nonprofit organizations.
  2. Students will learn about budgeting and fund development for the nonprofit sector.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the current and future role of human resources in nonprofit organizations and apply strategies for acquiring, managing, developing, and retaining volunteers and board members.
  4. Students will broaden their perspectives of nonprofits through major themes and concepts incorporated throughout the program.


The Leadership for the Nonprofit Organization concentration consists of 12 semester hours. The four courses listed below are the required 12 hours:

  • NONP 600 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector - 3 hours
  • NONP 600 Nonprofit Governance and Volunteer Administration - 3 hours
  • NONP 700 Budgeting for the Nonprofit Sector - 3 hours
  • NONP 701 Capstone Seminar in Leadership for the Nonprofit Organization - 3 hours


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