Lakeland College

Nonprofit Organization Management

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.”

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Nonprofit Organization Management Requirements (43 semester hours)

  • One of the following:
    • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • PSY 200 General Psychology
  • MAT 220 Probability and Statistics
  • NPO 140 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations
  • NPO 330 Managing Nonprofit Organizations
  • NPO 360 Fiscal Management and Budgeting for Nonprofits
  • NPO 365 Fundraising
  • NPO 410 Internship in Nonprofit Management
  • NPO 460 Senior Internship in Nonprofit Management
  • NPO 473 Strategic Planning for Nonprofits (Writing Intensive)
  • SOCP 335 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (4 semester hours)
  • One of the following:
    • EDUP 330 Human Growth and Development
    • SOCP 220 Social Psychology
  • One of the following:
    • COM 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    • WRT 330 Advertising and Public Relations Writing
  • One of the following:
    • NPO 440 Nonprofit Law
    • NPO 450 International Non-Governmental Organizations
    • NPO 465 Grant Writing and Planned Giving (Writing Intensive)
    • NPO 480 Special Topics in Nonprofit Management
    • NPO 490 Independent Study in Nonprofit Management

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Recent Grads, Real Careers

Listed below are just some of the other jobs Lakeland College nonprofit organization management students from the last three graduating classes have landed right out of school:

  • Executive director, Rainbow Kids
  • Customer care specialist, Humana Health Insurance
  • District director, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
  • District executive, Boy Scouts of America
  • International program coordinator, International Samaritan
  • Volunteer manager, Aurora Grafton and West Bend hospitals
  • Director of field service, Boy Scouts
  • CEO of outreach, YMCA
  • Executive director, Mental Health American
  • Director of program quality, Manitou Council of Girl Scouts
  • Store manager, Goodwill Industries of Northern Wisconsin/Upper Michigan
  • Youth advocate/street outreach worker, Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services

Listed below are some of the internships Lakeland College nonprofit organization management students have landed during their stay at Lakeland College:

  • Above & Beyond Children’s Museum - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Boys & Girls Club - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Dane Co. Humane Society/Deaf Unity - Madison, Wis.
  • Family Resource Center - Plymouth, Wis.
  • Glacial Lakes Conservancy - Kohler, Wis.
  • Goodwill Industries - Marinette, Wis.
  • Head Start - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Partners for Community Development - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Restoration Gardens - Kohler, Wis.
  • Salvation Army - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Sheboygan County 4-H - Plymouth, Wis.
  • Two Left Paws - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Two Rivers Senior Center - Two Rivers, Wis.
  • United Way - Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Wisconsin Maritime Museum - Manitowoc, Wis.

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Snapshot of Success

Name: Mark Edmond

Hometown: Lansing, Mich.

Title: Executive Director of Community Outreach

Business: YMCA of Rock River Valley; Rockford, Ill.

Mark arrived with a guarded attitude about Lakeland’s relatively small, rural community.

Four years later, he left with a degree – and a much different perspective.

"My experience at Lakeland College molded me into the person I am today,” Mark says. “I would never trade it for anything in the world."

After his freshman year, Mark, a homesick young football player, considered transferring. But his classmates, teammates and professors, particularly professor of sociology and nonprofit organization management Don Francis, helped him get through the rocky time.

“Dr. Francis cared about everything I did, just like everyone at Lakeland,” Mark says. “Lakeland taught me what real life is all about. As a young African-American male, I wasn’t sure what kind of role I could fill. But at Lakeland, it doesn’t matter what race you are, how tall or short you are or anything else. If you care, you will be taken care of there. People will reach out to you and help you. I learned so many life lessons there. The people at Lakeland College truly do care.”

Mark says his position is challenging and rewarding.

“I love it,” he says. “Our focus is youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and I believe in those things. It’s a tough ride sometimes. The ‘Y’ is out there for everybody, so we get people from all walks of life. Some days I’m a counselor. Other days I’m something else. But it’s rewarding. There is never a cookie-cutter day.”

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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.”

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