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Leaders on how ASU master’s degree in nonprofit management prepared them for successful careers

March 3, 2023 — Nonprofit organizations perform a variety of essential community roles, including providing charitable, educational or developmental services using donated funds as well as through the sales of goods and services at cost.

But whether large or small, multifaced or more singularly focused, all of them require knowledgeable and capable leaders with the training and the vision to take their organizations to higher levels of public service and social impact.

ASU’s master’s degree program in nonprofit leadership and management (MNLM) at the School of Community Resources and Development is designed to serve midlevel professionals who seek senior leadership or upper management-level positions in the nonprofit sector. Students learn best practices to direct the influence that nonprofits have on communities’ social structure while they acquire top-quality management skills.

“Our alumni are found making a difference in every corner of our country and, indeed, around the world,” said Robert Ashcraft, executive director of ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise. “They bring the highest level of purpose-driven intention and extraordinary competence to assure nonprofits achieve their goals to improve the quality of life in our communities.”

In 2019, ASU’s MNLM curriculum was one of the first 10 in the world to receive accreditation from the international Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). Only two others have been added to the list since.

Three graduates of the ASU MNLM program talked about how their studies prepared them for respected nonprofit leadership roles.

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