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Nonprofit Management (BA, BS)

Why Study Nonprofit Management?

The nonprofit sector in the U.S. is a major economic engine, employing 10% of our workforce. From serving youth and the aging to preserving wildlife and the arts, this network of social-impact organizations provides essential services not filled by the government or for-profit sector.

At North park you’ll be grounded in the fundamentals of nonprofit leadership—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.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Pier Rogers

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.

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

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Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential

North Park is one of a select number of universities that offers the Certified Nonprofit Professional (or CNP) credential through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national network of universities and social-impact organizations working to build a talent pipeline for the nonprofit sector. Recent research completed by LinkedIn shows that CNPs are seven times more likely to reach a leadership position compared to their non-CNP peers.

Nonprofit Leadership Certificate


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.

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.

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Beyond the Classroom

Enhance your education through extracurricular opportunities, including: