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Nonprofit Leadership Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Why study Nonprofit Leadership Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The nonprofit sector is a large and rapidly growing part of the U.S. economy and labor force. The minor in Nonprofit Leadership provides students with an understanding of how nonprofit organizations differ from corporations and government entities in their structure and function, as well as exposure to a range of topics and practical skills (e.g., fundraising, grantwriting, program evaluation) related to working in and leading nonprofit organizations. The minor is ideal for students who aspire to a career in the nonprofit space; who are interested in social or public service and care about advancing a social cause; or who wish to pursue graduate school in the social sciences or in professional schools.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the minor in Nonprofit Leadership, students will be able to:

  • Define what nonprofit organizations are, identify some of their distinct features, and explain how they are different from for-profit and government agencies.
  • Articulate how nonprofit organizations fit within the broader economic and social ecosystem in the U.S.
  • Identify some of the pressures and challenges confronting nonprofit organizations, as well as the unique opportunities that nonprofits have to deliver social or civic impact.
  • Understand the basic functions, roles, and skill sets common to nonprofit organizations, including governance, fundraising, program evaluation, financial management, advocacy, and community engagement.  
  • Understand the importance of cultural competency and diversity in the populations served and in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate an ability to think and write critically about social issues and the role of nonprofit organizations in addressing them.

The Learning Environment

The Nonprofit Leadership minor is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. Students take courses from the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary program (SSC), as well as from a wide range of participating UB departments. Class formats range from small seminars to larger lectures.

About Our Facilities

The Nonprofit Leadership minor is housed in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary program in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s North campus. The program offers classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, including traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the teaching philosophies and needs of the minor. Some courses are also available in a remote format.

About Our Faculty

SSC has one clinical assistant professor and approximately 30 adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields and bring valuable practical experience and knowledge about the nonprofit environment. Students may also take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences, allowing them to interact with faculty from a wide range of departments and disciplines. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The nonprofit sector employs more than 10% of the U.S. labor force. In New York state, nearly 20% of employment is attributed to nonprofit organizations (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016; Urban Institute 2015). Nonprofits are extremely varied in their missions, and include small, locally-focused community organizations as well as large, nationally recognized organizations such as the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Audubon Society, Teach for America, NPR, World Wildlife Fund, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The minor in Nonprofit Leadership is designed to complement an array of undergraduate UB majors by providing students with a solid background in nonprofit management to increase their overall marketability.

Academic Advising

Admission to the minor and advisement for students are coordinated through the program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. We provide advisement primarily for minor requirements. Students should seek advisement for their major and university requirements from the major department or from the College of Arts and Sciences Advisement Office in 275 Park Hall on the North campus.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call our office at 716-645-2247 to make an appointment with an advisor for the Nonprofit Leadership minor.

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Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:59:28