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Be the Change You Want to See in the World

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management prepares students to make a difference while making a living

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management: Interdisciplinary Programs

Offered by: Interdisciplinary Programs

If making a difference is important to you, then you may want to consider a career in the nonprofit sector!  The Rock's Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management program is Pennsylvania's only undergraduate program that prepares students to make a difference while making a living.

Our dedicated faculty will teach you how to:

  • develop, manage and evaluate programs
  • generate funds through grants and special events, prepare budgets and maintain financial records
  • create marketing tools and public relations materials
  • conduct human resources functions like hiring and evaluating staff
  • recruit and supervise volunteers
  • advocate for social change     

Hands-on projects for and networking with regional nonprofits, your internship and the student professional association's activities you will allow you to practice using what you're learning in class while you're still in school. By graduation, prospective employers will recognize that you know both theory and best practices and are ready to make a difference from the first day on the job!

Why Choose Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management?

Talented people from all academic areas - accounting to zoology - are needed in the nonprofit sector as it touches every aspect of life - animals, the arts and humanities, children and youth, the environment, faith, health and wellness, international development, recreation and leisure, senior citizens, social justice and social services, veterans and, yes, even zoos. 

Nonprofits are looking for people, just like you, who want to change the world!  When you graduate with an SRU degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management,  you'll be ready to:

  • join the fastest growing employment sector in the world (44,000+ new jobs each year)
  • launch your career in one of the nation's 1.6 million nonprofit organizations where more than 11.4 million people are changing lives everyday
  • manage agencies and projects, provide direct services to those in need, advocate for social justice and raise funds to change the world
  • be part of an elite group of passionate, highly qualified college graduates who bring both advanced knowledge and experience to the nonprofit sector
  • earn a national average starting salary of $39,172 plus have the satisfaction of knowing your work really matters 

Our graduates are highly competitive in the job market as SRU is the only university in Pennsylvania that offers an undergraduate degree in philanthropy and nonprofit management and is one of fewer than 25 nationally. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Programs-Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management, these students are eligible for the nation's only nonprofit management credential, Certified Nonprofit Professional, which is awarded by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.    

Students may choose Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management as their first major. As the program is flexible, students can also easily secure PNPM as a second major or earn a minor within their four years at SRU.

What Will You Learn?

Through course work and related co-curricular experiences, you'll gain the following nonprofit workplace skills:

  • Advocacy and lobbying for marginalized populations
  • Board development and governance
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Community development and change management
  • Diversity and cultural competency
  • Fundraising, including grant writing
  • Human resource management
  • International nonprofit organizations
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Organizational leadership
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Volunteer recruitment and retention

Students can also join one of the following organizations:

  • The Student Nonprofit Alliance is SRU's professional association for students working toward careers in the nonprofit sector.  SNA organizes dozens of service projects, special events and campus-wide programs that allow its members to gain valuable workplace skills and network with in-service nonprofit professionals.
  • Sigma Nu Alpha is the nonprofit honorary for students who maintain a 3.25 GPA and have completed at least 3 of the required courses.

Careers In Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management

The choice is yours -- 1.6 million nonprofit organizations, across more than 100 service categories, are looking for talented professional who are committed to making a difference while making a living.  Categories that include:

  • Animal protection agencies like Humane Society, ASPCA, and the Pittsburgh Zoo
  • Arts and Humanities organizations like the Children's Museum, Pittsburgh Ballet, and the Carnegie Museums
  • Crime prevention and re-entry programs for former offenders
  • Disability services like Special Olympics and Autism Speaks
  • Environmental organizations like Water for People
  • Faith-based organizations like Cru, United Methodist Committee on Relief, American Jewish World Service,  churches, and youth groups
  • Fitness centers like the YMCA
  • Food banks and housing programs like the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity
  • Health clinics and hospitals
  • Health-related organizations like Red Cross, American Heart Association, and Stand Up for Cancer
  • Human rights organizations like Invisible Children and End Human Trafficking Now
  • International nonprofits like Africare, UNICEF, Operation Smile, and Save the Children
  • Professional associations like the American Bar Association
  • Recreation services like Outward Bound, Venture Outdoors, and American Camping Association
  • Senior citizen centers, nursing homes, and organizations like AARP and the Alzheimer Association
  • Social service agencies that provide shelter, food, clothing, and other help to people in need
  • Veterans service agencies like Wounded Warriors
  • Victim rights organizations like women's shelters
  • Youth serving organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and YMCA

Learn More about Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management!

Slippery Rock University's Bachelor of Science in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management program gives students the tools they need to succeed in the evolving nonprofit world. Interested in learning more about SRU's Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management major? Request more information today!