Nonprofit Management
Why Study Nonprofit Management?

Learn how nonprofits work and prepare for a career helping others through the study of nonprofit leadership. You’ll be grounded in the fundamentals of the nonprofit sector—from societal problems that lead to a need for services to the inner workings that allow agencies to fulfill their missions. With nearly 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States, careers in nonprofit finance, marketing, fundraising, governance, and more are available if you have a desire to make a difference.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

Chicago is home to numerous nonprofit organizations and our faculty’s professional ties to many of them provide access for case studies and internships. The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management is a vibrant hub on campus for students and nonprofit professionals to gain career development skills through workshops, seminars, and the Nonprofit Leadership Club. Combined coursework in business, nonprofit management, and sociology will prepare you to work in a nonprofit—or start your own.

Where Alumni Work

The School of Business and Nonprofit Management developed this new major out of a popular concentration in the business and economics degree. Students from that program are now working in a number of nonprofits, including:

  • Walking4Water
  • Introspect Youth Services
  • Albany Park Community Center
  • Northwestern University
  • The Salvation Army
  • Covenant World Relief
  • Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Willow Creek Church

An internship with a nonprofit organization will give you the hands-on experience you need to get a job after you graduate. Recent student internship sites include:

  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Feeding America
  • LookingGlass Theatre Company
  • Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago
  • World Relief
  • Salvation Army
  • Tuesday’s Child

Our Career Development and Internship Office will help match you with the best internship for your career goals.

Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

North Park is one of a select number of universities that offers a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a nationally recognized organization. All students are eligible to earn this certificate. Benefits include resume-building internship experience, access to national nonprofit leaders, exposure to career options, and opportunities to meet like-minded students at a national conference. Learn more about the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate.

Nonprofit Management Courses

Core courses for this degree include:

  • Introduction to Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Advanced Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising
  • Nonprofit Governance and Volunteer Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business Models

Learn more about the courses and requirements for this major.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Pier Rogers has spent over 25 years in the nonprofit sector, actively researching, teaching, and leading organizations. She directs the Axelson Center, the premier resource for training and tools to the nonprofit sector in the Midwest.

Learn more about Dr. Rogers and the business faculty.

Pier Rogers, School of Business and Economics professor
The Axelson Center

The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management offers a variety of programs for people who work, volunteer, or even starting new careers in the nonprofit sector. North Park students can participate in most of their programming for free or at a greatly reduced rate.

Learn more about The Axelson Center.

Beyond the Classroom

Enhance your education through extracurricular opportunities, including: