What profits a nonprofit? Great leadership.
The most effective nonprofit organizations have great leaders at the top. The good news for you is there are plenty of opportunities of those who have the right skills. In fact, the growth rate for management positions in nonprofits is double that for management positions in for-profit organizations.
The University of New Haven’s graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Innovation, and Organizational structure will develop your leadership and strategic management skills and instill in you the business acumen you need that ensure your nonprofit organization has a much greater chance of sustaining and thriving in today’s rapidly changing environment.
You will also prepare a two-year strategic plan for your nonprofit, gaining insight from your classmates and expertise from your professors as you help strengthen the foundation of your organization, enabling it to make an even great impact on the community and the people it serves.
Business of Helping
This graduate certificate program is housed in our College of Business, for it is here that you will acquire the invaluable tools of business planning, structure, social entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation. It was developed through extensive, in-depth interviews with dozens of New Haven area nonprofit executive directors, nonprofit boards, and graduates from competitor programs.
This laid the foundation for a long-term relationship between community nonprofits and the University of New Haven, which is dedicated to providing resources and intellectual capital in support of their missions.
"A very important – and, perhaps, unique – aspect of the certificate program is that the curriculum was built from the ground up," says Andrew Eder, a philanthropist who has sat on many nonprofit boards, who is chair of the advisory board for the University’s Nonprofit Institute. "This means that we made personal visits to executive directors of many not-for-profits in the New Haven area to understand their individual needs in order to build the coursework for this program. There was quite a bit of commonality in those needs, which became the nucleus of our certificate program."