Increasing specialization, a demand for more higher education and a new need to worry about the bottom line are all challenges facing job seekers today - and for the nonprofit sector as well. Nonprofits have grown from small organizations to a sizable chunk of the job market. Nonprofits represent over 8% of the national GDP, with assets of $2.3 trillion. Nonprofits pay 10% of American wages, with a workforce of over 14 million. The Nonprofit workforce outnumbers the combined workforces of the utility, wholesale trade, and construction industries.1 This has inspired the development of an increasing number of higher education programs for those who are choosing to dedicate themselves to careers in the nonprofit sector. In addition, private individuals have begun job-coaching services aimed at the nonprofit sector. All of these educational opportunities are growing to meet new demands within the sector. What does this mean for today's nonprofit leaders? What are the value of these programs?
1Employment in America’s Charities: A Profile, by Lester Salamon,
the John Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies (Dec. 2006)
Local & Regional Certificate and Degree Programs in Nonprofit Management
Antioch University New England www.antiochne.edu/
Institute for Nonprofit Management: Nine Days Toward Better Nonprofit Management
Institute for Nonprofit Management, developed by the Department of
Organization & Management, is a comprehensive curriculum of seminars
for nonprofit executives. The program provides information in areas
such as human resources, fundraising, board development, marketing,
business planning, and team building. It is offered annually at varied
locations around the state of New Hampshire.
Marlboro College has a professional development Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Learn best practices for core organizational competencies, including
fundraising, financial management, conflict resolution and working with
your board. Choose to take the series in Burlington or downtown White
River Junction. To learn more, contact Kate Jellema, Program Director: email@example.com or (802) 451-7510, or visit us on the web.
New England College www.nec.edu
NEC offers a Master of Science in Management/Nonprofit Leadership (MSNPL)
that gives you the opportunity to earn your Master's Degree though an
online program created specifically for people working in nonprofit
Classes include Marketing Management in Healthcare
and the Service Sectors, Managerial Economics of the Service Sectors
and Dynamics of Non-Profit Governance.
River Valley Community College www.rivervalley.edu
River Valley Community College Announces New Course in Non-Profit Accounting
River Valley Community College is offering a new course in “Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations” beginning January 2013 as part of the Accounting Program curriculum. Allen Damren, retired Assistant Superintendent/ Business Manger of SAU 6, will be teaching this course. Having worked in the Non-Profit sector for close to 20 years, Damren brings experience as well as knowledge of the intricacies and unique characteristics of non-profit accounting to the classroom.
River Valley Community College is one of seven colleges in the Community
College System of New Hampshire and offers associate degree, diploma
and certificate programs in Claremont, Keene and online.
For more information, contact Mike O’Connell at (603)542-7744.
Southern NH University www.snhu.edu
Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations Graduate Certificate
New Hampshire University’s (SNHU) Graduate Certificate in Leadership of
Nonprofit Organizations and/or its Master of Science in Organizational
Leadership – both offered at the Maine Center in Brunswick. The
Graduate Certificate is a six-course sequence that focuses on
organizational development, marketing, nonprofit management and leading
change in community-based organizations. It dovetails with SNHU’s
Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (or, alternatively, the
MBA program), allowing completion of the full masters degree with only
six additional courses.
The School of Community Economic Development (SCED) at SNHU - www.snhu.edu/ced
School of Community Economic Development at SNHU is the first
accredited program in the US to confer masters and doctorate degrees in
community economic development. SCED advocates community development as
a way to improve marginalized communities. With over 1,400 graduates,
our students and alumni are often a leading force behind key community
initiatives. SCED offers 4 interdisciplinary MS/MA/PhD graduate
programs all designed for the working practitioner and policy makers.
University of Maine Hutchinson Center www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu/
The University of Maine is again offering workshops at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast leading to a Certificate in Nonprofit Organizational Management
for non-profit organization executives, staff members, and leaders to
deal with contemporary issues and problems using realistic, “hands on”
strategies. The various workshops will encourage interactive discussion
of participants in quality planning, effective program/service
development, creative problem solving and issue resolution. This
certificate represents yet another of the offerings that the UMaine
Hutchinson has created to be responsive to the educational needs of the
UNH Community Leadership Program - www.thompsonschool.unh.edu/CoLead
The award-winning Community Leadership Program (CoLead) is a unique associate degree or certificate program offered at both the Durham and Manchester campuses of the University of New Hampshire. By providing rigorous academic and professional development experiences that combine the study of leadership, communities, and citizen influence with a focus on nonprofit organizational behavior, the CoLead Program helps participants from diverse backgrounds and experiences build valuable skills-such as supervising volunteers, facilitating meetings, speaking in public, organizing events, writing press releases, fundraising, lobbying and creating effective communication strategies.
Graduates, from both the degree program and from the certificate options, have gone on to great success in nonprofit management jobs, public relations positions, event planning work, social work and teaching.
UNH Masters Program in Public Administration -
University of New Hampshire Masters degree in Public Administration has been offered through its Department of Political Science since 1963. The program has trained and educated public service and non-profit professionals in New Hampshire and the region and offers courses both in Durham and at the UNH Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Manchester’s historic Millyard. It is designed for working professionals and can be completed on a part-time basis. Prospective students interested or already working in the fields of government, public service, non-profit management, electoral politics, education and research, or individuals looking for a career change, will find the part-time evening program in Manchester’s Millyard convenient and accessible.
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