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Nonprofit Leadership

UNC Kenan-Flagler Full-time MBA Nonprofit Leadership

With over 1,900 nonprofit organizations just in the surrounding area, the need for nonprofit leaders with core competencies in an expanding number of fields continues to grow. Now more than ever, nonprofits need leaders with the ability to look at social problems through an analytical lens. They highly value leaders who are prepared for internal organizational change and growth and possess expertise in fiscal management and strategic planning. Nonprofits recognize the need to invest in and retain talented executives to sustain industry growth and consequently are offering increased compensation. The UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA program offers two opportunities for students to gain hard skills in and exposure to working within the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Board Fellows

The Nonprofit Board Fellows Program places UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA students on Nonprofit Boards of Directors as non-voting board members for six months. The nonprofit organizations benefit from the program by gaining access to talented business leaders who offer new insights and have a wide range of business skills. Additionally, through the program, participating nonprofits join a larger network, which includes the UNC community, other nonprofits in the area, and a pool of candidates for future Board and staff positions.

The program benefits students by providing them with exposure to high-level strategy and leadership experiences, the opportunity to interact with experienced mentors, the chance to serve the local community, and the training and tools necessary to serve on a Board post-graduation.

Some of our past nonprofit partners have included Habitat for Humanity, Our Children's Place, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Orange County Rape Crisis Center, Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Benevolence Farm and the Environmental Education Fund. Examples of past projects Nonprofit Board Fellows have worked on include a strategic fundraising and marketing plan, a potential merger analysis, a real estate valuation project, a video contest scholarship development, and a core service expansion evaluation.

Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, a campus wide interdisciplinary graduate certificate program, complements the MBA degree to prepare students for leadership roles in the rapidly expanding nonprofit sector. The program was created in response to the growing need for nonprofit board members and leaders with business training and experience. The program enhances the leadership capability of executives and board members of human services, education, arts and other nonprofit organizations both in North Carolina and throughout the nation.

The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program provides opportunities for MBA students to interact with students with a wide variety of experiences and education, as well as with current professionals and executives in the nonprofit field. Students enrolled can expect to learn a variety of competitive skills, including how to:

  • Plan and implement advocacy and fundraising programs
  • Understand 501c3 compliance issues
  • Develop, advise and serve on a board of directors
  • Facilitate media relations
  • Evaluate nonprofit performance metrics

For more information about the UNC Nonprofit Leadership Certificate, visit the UNC Nonprofit Leadership Certificate website.

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