Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Through the BS in nonprofit leadership and management program, students are empowered to become successful professionals who work to advance the quality of life in communities. The nonprofit sector in the United States is unique in form and function. This sector includes institutions and individuals situated between government, public, business and commerce sectors. It is this sector, with more than 1.6 million organizations in the U.S., that employs more people than the finance industry, including insurance and real estate, combined.Philanthropy (voluntary action for the public good) is a hallmark of the nonprofit sector as individuals give their time, money and know-how to causes about which they care. Students in the nonprofit leadership and management program learn about the nonprofit sector through curriculum instruction and field experience. The required internship component of the program leads students to professional opportunities within the nonprofit sector. Within the undergraduate degree requirements, students may also choose to pursue the National Certified Nonprofit Professional credential through ASU's affiliation with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics, Inc.). For more information, access the school's website.
Degree: 
BS
Degree Awarded: 
Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Department: 
School of Community Resources and Development
Additional Program Fee: 
N
Minimum math requirement: 
MAT 142 - College Mathematics
Second Language Requirement: 
N

Depending on their interests, graduates seek work in various areas of the nonprofit sector. They find employment in diverse settings that include a wide range of missions, including arts and culture, environmental, health, youth development, etc. Some graduates work for local, grassroots, direct service nonprofits, for grantmaking foundations, and many work in affiliates of well-known national organizations such as:

  • American Red Cross
  • America's Second Harvest
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • March of Dimes
  • National Urban League
  • United Way
  • youth-serving entities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA and the YMCA of the USA

Increasing opportunities in the nonprofit sector include careers across the spectrum of community issues such as the arts, environment, health care and others. Typical positions include roles as:

  • field executives
  • fund development directors
  • program directors
  • program officers for grantmaking organizations
  • volunteer program managers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Chief Executives -1.38%$168,140
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other15.7%$41,060
Compliance Managers 7.32%$100,890
General and Operations Managers -0.13%$95,440
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers12.93%$95,450
Regulatory Affairs Managers 7.32%$100,890
Social and Community Service Managers13.78%$59,970

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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