Lead nonprofit organizations through fundraising, board governance, volunteer engagement, and grant writing.

School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership

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Become a Changemaker

North Central College’s Master of Nonprofit Management & Leadership (MNM) degree educates nonprofit professionals to be competent, confident changemakers making a difference in the world. With its focus on priming leaders for the nonprofit sector, the program addresses the unique opportunities and challenges nonprofit organizations realize in the 21st century.

By exploring the research, theory and practice of management and leadership, the program builds skills and knowledge in human resources, board governance, fundraising, program evaluation, fiscal management and responsibility, nonprofit law, marketing and ethics.

Program Features

  • Our program is 100% online and designed for the working professional, providing you the flexibility to keep your job while earning your degree.
  • The program offers two certificate-only options in Financial Management and Fundraising and Leadership.
  • Through our curriculum, you will become a Competent Nonprofit Professional, with thorough training and practice in all facets of nonprofit management including:
    • Financial management & fundraising
    • Board governance
    • Volunteer & employee engagement
    • Program development and assessment
    • Grant writing
    • Law & nonprofit management
  • You will also become a more Confident Nonprofit Changemaker with professional development and leadership training so that you are:
    • Leading from strengths
    • Creative
    • Emotionally intelligent
    • A systems thinker
    • Ready to lead a nonprofit organization

How It Works

  • Video lectures from your professors
  • 1-on-1 meetings with each professor
  • Synchronous sessions with peers, professors and guest speakers
  • Personalized professional development coaching throughout the program
  • Optional in-person events on campus for networking and education

Fall Residency: Flexible, Yet Connected

The Master of Nonprofit Management & Leadership residency experience connects our students to the campus, the nonprofit community, and each other. During this two-day intensive, students will hear from faculty and nonprofit experts on a variety of hot topics in the field. They will get to know one another by working in small teams, and begin to develop working relationships that will continue throughout the degree program. They will also start their portfolio and professional development plan.  Finally, the residency will include an orientation to online learning and North Central College.

The fall residency course is the Foundations of Nonprofit Management (MNM 500). Students will meet on campus in Naperville, IL. Following the on-campus experience, MNM 500 will continue as an online fall course.

Nonprofit Management and Leadership, MNM

The nonprofit management and leadership program addresses the unique opportunities and challenges nonprofit organizations realize in the 21st century. Exploring the research, theory and practice of management and leadership, the program builds skills and knowledge in human resources, board governance, fundraising, program evaluation, fiscal management and responsibility, nonprofit law, marketing and ethics.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours to include:

Core

  • MNM 500 - Foundations of Nonprofit Management

    MNM 500 - Foundations of Nonprofit Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Students examine the role of nonprofit organizations including their social, political, economic and ideological importance and discover key tools, principles and practices in nonprofit management. Topics include the role of boards, nonprofit communications, program development, funding strategies and collaborations with other nonprofits. Current trends in the nonprofit sector and projections for the future are analyzed.

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  • MNM 505 - Program Development, Assessment and Evaluation

    MNM 505 - Program Development, Assessment and Evaluation

    3.00 credit hours

    Exposes students to theories and principles of program development and assessment. Through case analysis, students explore program opportunities in a variety of nonprofit organizations to determine need, fit and utility. Students learn how to assess and develop key program initiatives, while considering resource constraints.

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  • MNM 508 - Change Management and Strategic Planning

    MNM 508 - Change Management and Strategic Planning

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to change theories, concepts of appreciative inquiry and creative problem solving in order to help leaders maneuver through change. Students also learn and understand the essential components of strategic planning, including how to craft a strong mission, vision, values statement and SWOT analysis, as well as how to measure and acknowledge success. Principles of creative problem solving, effective facilitation, collaboration and strength based leadership will be explored in order to enhance strategy sessions and plans.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 510 - Financial Management

    MNM 510 - Financial Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Provides the foundational knowledge for members of non-profit organizations who must understand and apply financial knowledge in their management and governance roles. Introduces the underlying concepts, language and reporting methods of accounting and financial analysis. Basic topics include cash-flow analysis, budgeting, fund accounting, cost accounting and understanding financial statements, including balance sheets, cash-flow statements, statements of activity, and operating and capital budgets.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 520 - Organizational Beliefs, Ethics and Leadership

    MNM 520 - Organizational Beliefs, Ethics and Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to the theories of ethics and leadership applicable to nonprofit management. Emphasis is placed on developing and implementing an organization's social policy, developing sensitivity to moral and economic values and examining complex ethical situations. Topics examined include motivation, diversity, mission and vision, values, servant leadership, strength based leadership, job design and organizational culture.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 521 - Law and Nonprofit Management

    MNM 521 - Law and Nonprofit Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Federal, state and local laws affecting nonprofit organizations are examined, as well as the organizational and operational aspects of tax-exempt charitable organizations in Illinois and the surrounding states. Topics include tax laws, reporting requirements, Title IX regulations and labor laws applicable to nonprofit management.

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  • MNM 530 - Board Governance and Development

    MNM 530 - Board Governance and Development

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to improve understanding of the elements, processes, and dynamics of board governance so that board members are prepared and equipped to assume their responsibilities effectively. Topics include the role of the nonprofit board of directors, recruitment and orientation of new board members, as well as assessment of boards. Students explore strategies and tools to enhance board engagement and ensure effective communication between the board, senior leadership and staff.

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  • MNM 540 - Human Resource and Volunteer Management

    MNM 540 - Human Resource and Volunteer Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Examines the methods of developing, supervising, motivating and recognizing both volunteers and staff in a nonprofit organization. Students explore topics such as recruiting and hiring selection, training and development, diversity in the workplace, compensation and benefits, performance appraisal, employment law, and discipline in a nonprofit setting. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of volunteers in the organization, and how to effectively recruit, supervise and motivate volunteers.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 550 - Fundraising, Stewardship and Philanthropy

    MNM 550 - Fundraising, Stewardship and Philanthropy

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to fundraising language, story and thought processes in order to begin a successful fundraising campaign. Students discover methods to assess fundraising needs, maintain relationships with donors, research prospective donors, set institutional financial goals, polish writing and presentation styles and nurturing potential donors. Strategies to utilize a volunteer staff and board members to assist in fundraising will be discussed. An introduction to forms of letter writing specific to fundraising as well as grant writing will be included. The principles that undergird effective fundraising practices will also be reviewed, including the historical, organizational, legal, ethical and theoretical contexts of fundraising.

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  • MNM 694 - Capstone, Project or Special Field Experience

    MNM 694 - Capstone, Project or Special Field Experience

    3.00 credit hours

    Students focus on the application of their course work to a specific challenge within their own community. Students work in teams to share research, resources and ideas, and the final presentation will be delivered to a panel of peers and experts.

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Electives

Six credit hours from the following:

  • MNM 511 - Economics of Nonprofit Enterprises

    MNM 511 - Economics of Nonprofit Enterprises

    3.00 credit hours

    Explores how economics affects every organization, including nonprofits. Topics include supply and demand, opportunity costs, marginal analysis, economic recessions and recoveries, as well as government policies that foster and stifle stability and growth. Students explore how appropriate measurement techniques can inform the funding, policy treatment and demand for nonprofits.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 551 - Grant Writing

    MNM 551 - Grant Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    The history, economics and practice of grant making in the United States. Students hone their grant writing skills as they critique grant proposals, draft their own grant proposal, and learn about the role of program evaluation in grant writing and grant reporting. Students may onlyreceive credit for one of ENG 455, MLS 555 or MNM 551.

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  • MNM 560 - Social Media, Marketing and Nonprofits

    MNM 560 - Social Media, Marketing and Nonprofits

    3.00 credit hours

    Explores contemporary methods to market nonprofits. Topics include marketing in our fast changing world, market research, measuring and forecasting demand and positioning for competitive advantage. Students learn about branding and storytelling and discover creative ways nonprofits market their organizations. Ethical concerns for the use of market research data and marketing are also explored.

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  • MNM 600 - Ministerial Self-Care, Renewal and Advancement

    MNM 600 - Ministerial Self-Care, Renewal and Advancement

    3.00 credit hours

    Professionals in the human services field face a higher rate of burn-out when compared to other professions. Spiritual leaders tend to the deeply human needs of individuals, the health of a community and the needs of a physical entity. Too often lost is the care of oneself. This course not only addresses how to build and sustain one's own supportive community but also how to manage the career pathway, including succession planning, delegation, self-assessment and career development.

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  • MNM 601 - Cultural Competency

    MNM 601 - Cultural Competency

    3.00 credit hours

    The call to serve increasingly requires the ability to serve people and communities much different from oneself, whether ethnically, geographically or generational. Students learn how to administer tools to determine the cultural competency within an organization. Students develop communication and behavioral strategies to engage with diverse audiences and create strategies to understand and serve differing communities.

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  • MNM 602 - Creativity and Organizational Success

    MNM 602 - Creativity and Organizational Success

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn about the discipline of creative studies and apply the theories and principles of Creative Problem Solving in order to facilitate real social change.  Students examine a number of social problems and investigate innovative solutions, and learn how to infuse creativity into the workforce to enhance engagement and motivation, as well as strategic thinking.  

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  • MNM 697 - Internship in Nonprofit Management

    MNM 697 - Internship in Nonprofit Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Students perform 150 hours of service for a nonprofit organization and reflect on the service throughout the term. Students wanting to receive the CNP credential must prove they have worked an additional 150 hours in a nonprofit prior to earning the credential. This elective is required for students in the 5 year MNM program.

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  • MLD 558 - Conflict Resolution

    MLD 558 - Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the prevailing theories and methods of conflict resolution from a variety of perspectives and in a number of settings—including interpersonal, business, cross-cultural and international. Special attention is given to developing facilitative communication and negotiation skills.

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Nonprofit Financial Management and Fundraising Certificate

Students in this certificate program learn how to manage a nonprofit organization's finances and equip that nonprofit for sustainable financial success. Students learn and practice reporting, budgeting and financial analysis in courses like Financial Management and Economics of Nonprofits. They evaluate fundraising options, and create fundraising programs in Fundraising, Stewardship and Philanthropy, and learn how to research and craft successful grant proposals in Grant Writing. By completion of the certificate, students will be equipped with a variety of tools, theories and knowledge to financially lead their nonprofit organizations toward success.

Program Requirements

  • MNM 510 - Financial Management

    MNM 510 - Financial Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Provides the foundational knowledge for members of non-profit organizations who must understand and apply financial knowledge in their management and governance roles. Introduces the underlying concepts, language and reporting methods of accounting and financial analysis. Basic topics include cash-flow analysis, budgeting, fund accounting, cost accounting and understanding financial statements, including balance sheets, cash-flow statements, statements of activity, and operating and capital budgets.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 511 - Economics of Nonprofit Enterprises

    MNM 511 - Economics of Nonprofit Enterprises

    3.00 credit hours

    Explores how economics affects every organization, including nonprofits. Topics include supply and demand, opportunity costs, marginal analysis, economic recessions and recoveries, as well as government policies that foster and stifle stability and growth. Students explore how appropriate measurement techniques can inform the funding, policy treatment and demand for nonprofits.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 550 - Fundraising, Stewardship and Philanthropy

    MNM 550 - Fundraising, Stewardship and Philanthropy

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to fundraising language, story and thought processes in order to begin a successful fundraising campaign. Students discover methods to assess fundraising needs, maintain relationships with donors, research prospective donors, set institutional financial goals, polish writing and presentation styles and nurturing potential donors. Strategies to utilize a volunteer staff and board members to assist in fundraising will be discussed. An introduction to forms of letter writing specific to fundraising as well as grant writing will be included. The principles that undergird effective fundraising practices will also be reviewed, including the historical, organizational, legal, ethical and theoretical contexts of fundraising.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 551 - Grant Writing

    MNM 551 - Grant Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    The history, economics and practice of grant making in the United States. Students hone their grant writing skills as they critique grant proposals, draft their own grant proposal, and learn about the role of program evaluation in grant writing and grant reporting. Students may onlyreceive credit for one of ENG 455, MLS 555 or MNM 551.

    Schedule Of Classes

Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Students in this certificate program learn how to lead a nonprofit organization. Through courses in board governance, human resources and volunteer management, students learn how to build and engage boards, staff and volunteers, all key objectives in order to build and grow a successful team. They understand and learn how to implement theories of change management and strategic planning, and are able to incorporate strength based and servant leadership into the workplace in order to accomplish key strategic initiatives. By completion of the certificate, students will be equipped with a variety of tools, theories and ideas to enhance motivation and leadership in themselves and their organizations.

Program Requirements

  • MNM 508 - Change Management and Strategic Planning

    MNM 508 - Change Management and Strategic Planning

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to change theories, concepts of appreciative inquiry and creative problem solving in order to help leaders maneuver through change. Students also learn and understand the essential components of strategic planning, including how to craft a strong mission, vision, values statement and SWOT analysis, as well as how to measure and acknowledge success. Principles of creative problem solving, effective facilitation, collaboration and strength based leadership will be explored in order to enhance strategy sessions and plans.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 520 - Organizational Beliefs, Ethics and Leadership

    MNM 520 - Organizational Beliefs, Ethics and Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to the theories of ethics and leadership applicable to nonprofit management. Emphasis is placed on developing and implementing an organization's social policy, developing sensitivity to moral and economic values and examining complex ethical situations. Topics examined include motivation, diversity, mission and vision, values, servant leadership, strength based leadership, job design and organizational culture.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 530 - Board Governance and Development

    MNM 530 - Board Governance and Development

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to improve understanding of the elements, processes, and dynamics of board governance so that board members are prepared and equipped to assume their responsibilities effectively. Topics include the role of the nonprofit board of directors, recruitment and orientation of new board members, as well as assessment of boards. Students explore strategies and tools to enhance board engagement and ensure effective communication between the board, senior leadership and staff.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MNM 540 - Human Resource and Volunteer Management

    MNM 540 - Human Resource and Volunteer Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Examines the methods of developing, supervising, motivating and recognizing both volunteers and staff in a nonprofit organization. Students explore topics such as recruiting and hiring selection, training and development, diversity in the workplace, compensation and benefits, performance appraisal, employment law, and discipline in a nonprofit setting. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of volunteers in the organization, and how to effectively recruit, supervise and motivate volunteers.

    Schedule Of Classes

Nonprofit Management & Leadership Opportunities

A Master of Nonprofit Management & Leadership degree will help prepare you for a variety of roles.  Commonly held titles include:

  • Executive Director, President or CEO
  • Director of Development
  • Program Director
  • Director of Volunteer Management

At North Central College, you will work closely with the program director, career services and our staff to help you develop your career plan.  You will draft a development plan and receive coaching on that plan throughout the program.  By the time you graduate, you should have a strong resume, portfolio, and skill set to be able to sell yourself to the nonprofit market and become a confident, competent changemaker. 


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