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Nonprofit Careers

SRU students who want to make a difference prepare for rewarding careers working with nonprofit organizations

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management: Interdisciplinary Programs

Offered by: Interdisciplinary Programs

If you want to make a difference while making a living, then the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management program at SRU is an excellent choice. SRU is the only university in Pennsylvania to offer undergraduate students academic preparation for careers in the nonprofit sector.

Dedicated faculty will teach you how to develop and manage programs, measure program and organizational effectiveness, generate funds through grants and special events, prepare budgets and maintain financial records, develop marketing tools and public relations materials, recruit and supervise volunteers, advocate for the needs of clients, and conduct human resources functions like hiring and evaluating staff.

Through service-learning opportunities, participating in projects for area organizations, and an internship, you'll be able to make a difference while studying nonprofit leadership theories and best practices. Upon graduation, you will have amassed a comprehensive portfolio that will impress potential employers.

Why Choose Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management?

With over 10.7 million Americans employed by one of the nation's 1.6 million nonprofits, the nonprofit sector's growth rate has surpassed that of both business and government. Each year, nonprofit organizations create more than 45,000 new jobs with an average starting salary of $33,500. As baby boomers exit the sector, nonprofits will fill their predicted 600,000 openings with passionate, highly qualified college graduates who bring both advanced knowledge and experience to the nonprofit sector.

Students may choose Philanthropy and Nonprofit Mangagement as their first major or decide to add value to another major by selecting this as a minor or a second major. Four of the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management courses required for this major and minor also fulfill Liberal Studies requirements.

What Will You Learn?

You'll gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to make a difference while making a living as a nonprofit professional. You'll develop workplace skills in the nonprofit areas of:

  • 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

Careers In Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management

You'll have the background to work as a nonprofit professional in a variety of settings, including:

  • 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

Clubs & 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.