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Make a difference in the world. Help people. Spend your days improving the lives of others. Feel good, really good, about the work you do. All while earning a salary and benefits.

If a spirit of altruism guides you, nonprofit organization management is a great path toward community service. The YMCA, United Way, Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society are just some of the many nonprofit organizations that need people like you to lead them forward.

“Our graduates are out there doing wonderful things,” says Don Francis, professor of sociology and nonprofit organization management at Lakeland. “I’ve had several students leave here and take executive director positions right away – first job out of school.”

An established program

Lakeland’s nonprofit organization management program, nationally certified since 2000, was one of the first in Wisconsin and continues to be a state and national leader.

Through the program, you will learn industry staples such as fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, community relations and other skills vital to succeeding in this industry. You will also cover a broad spectrum of sociology, and if you plan to work with children or teens, you’ll take a human growth and development or social psychology class.

“Our intent is to make sure we provide our students with the tools they need, so when they leave here, they can play an important role in society,” says Francis.

“Our students want to do good things. They want to be role models. They want to make a difference in society. If you have a genuine concern for doing good things and giving back and being a role model for people growing up, or for taking care of natural resources, and you like people, I would certainly encourage you to consider this program.”

Nonprofit Organization Management at Lakeland

When Lakeland’s nonprofit organization management students attend national conferences, Francis says they perform exceptionally well in exercises and simulations against their peers from bigger programs such as Indiana University, Purdue University and Arizona State University.

“Our students do very well; they compete against anybody,” Francis says. “So they end up leaving Lakeland confident about themselves and what they’re doing.”

Note: Nonprofit Organization Management major and minor will be available to existing declared majors and/or minors only. Courses will continue to be available as an emphasis in Business Administration


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