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Minor in Nonprofit Management (TU)
Nonprofit organizations have an important, valuable role to play in the world today; they address difficult questions, take on tough challenges, and deliver life-changing services to those who need them most. If you're a logistics whiz with the will to help others (and maybe help change the world), this may be a good fit for you.
Oglethorpe's nonprofit management curriculum includes the following foundational courses:
- The Nonprofit Sector
- Nonprofit Communications
- Budgets and Finance for the Nonprofit
- Nonprofit Strategic Planning
Electives include courses on business law; art, museum, and theater management; the new American city; urban ecology; and economic development.
One of the program's most distinctive aspects is the dedication to experiential learning and hands-on training. With a minor in nonprofit management, you'll complete a full 100 hours of field experience. This invaluable chance to learn by doing will help you gain the confidence and knowledge to hit the ground running in your very first position. You'll also collaborate with your classmates to manage LAB Bridge, a nonprofit organization formed on campus.
Ready to jump in, roll up your sleeves, and get to work? Atlanta is the perfect place to begin. It's home to many high-impact organizations (like the Georgia Center for Nonprofits) with regional, national, and international reach. Atlanta is also a large, diverse community, with a diverse range of needs – meaning you can follow your passion wherever it leads.
- With their 100 hours of field experience, students have worked with a huge number of local organizations, including the American Lung Association, Church on the Street, City of Refuge, Communities in Schools of Atlanta, DeKalb PATH Academy, Elm Street Gardens, Hands on Atlanta, the Office of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, Operation HOPE, the Piedmont Park Conservancy, St. Vincent de Paul, Sustainable Lakewood, Wellspring Living, and the YMCA.
- The LAB Bridge is a nonprofit organization – dedicated to bridging the gap between business and the liberal arts – run exclusively by Oglethorpe nonprofit management students. A group of five community experts serve as the board; they include a nonprofit consultant, a retired tax partner from Ernst & Young, a PR professional from CARE International, and an Oglethorpe alumna employed at Facebook. Our leaders-in-training can draw on a robust range of talent and expertise.
Life After Oglethorpe
For many people, a career in nonprofit management is the best of both worlds: a rewarding way to make a living while also making a difference, and making the world a better place.
- Nonprofit organizations are conducting meaningful work in every field, from education and healthcare to engineering and climate change. The minor in nonprofit management is a resume-boosting addition to many majors, opening new doors for you within your chosen field.
- NGOs, nonprofit organizations, and social entrepreneurs are integral to solving global challenges and providing needed services. The outlook for careers in these values-driven organizations is growing.