Nonprofit Programs – Do Good, Better

Strengthening nonprofit work through academic excellence, practical application, professional networks and individual support

Our nonprofit professional development and custom programs will equip you with the tools, skills, resources and networks you need to build your business acumen and value for your organization. The University of St. Thomas – long dedicated to strengthening the nonprofit sector – offers a suite of leadership and management programs designed to increase organizational impact.

Our nonprofit program offerings include:

Within these programs, we aim to:
  • Lead change with authenticity, courage and skill
  • Raise, manage and align funds and resources
  • Develop and stabilize organizational infrastructure
  • Identify and satisfy the needs of constituents
  • Recruit, develop and support board members, paid staff and volunteers
  • Improve accountability and planning  

Center for Nonprofit Management

The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business created the Center for Nonprofit Management to help nonprofits successfully advance their missions.

Custom Programs


Every nonprofit organization experiences critical junctures in development.  We can tailor capacity-building programs to address specific strategic goals and desired outcomes in the areas of:

  • Board  identity, development and evolution
  • Board governance – for small, midsize to large organizations
  • Use of new strategy models for innovating and planning
  • Executive director and staff leadership development
  • Infrastructure development
  • Fundraising/fund development

Learn more about nonprofit custom programs »

Registration, Payment and Cancellation

There are three ways to register:

  1. Register and pay online.
  2. Register online and pay with a check or P.O. by mail.
  3. Fill out a PDF registration form and mail your payment and registration.

To register online, click on the Register button next to the session you would like to attend. This will take you to the online registration page for that particular session. Once you've filled out the registration page, you'll be directed to online payment.

To register by mail, print out the PDF registration form, fill it out and mail the form with your check or P.O. payment to the address on the form.

Payment Options for Your Education

We are flexible when working with individuals to ensure ease of payment in a variety of situations. The most common methods of payment are described below.

Employer Reimbursement 

If your company will pay for your continuing education, get approval from them for the specific program(s) you want to attend. You can register for the program and either pay for the program on your company card, with a PO request and check from your company, or pay with your own funds and file for reimbursement. Those are the most common methods of company payment, but be sure to talk to your supervisor or HR department to find out the specifics in your company.

Tax benefit:* If you receive educational benefits from your employer, you can exclude up to $5,250 each year from your taxes. Schooling that is job related does not count against the $5,250 cap. Educational assistance of less than this amount should not be included in your compensation statement received from your employer (IRS, p970/ch11).

Personal Investment 

In order to move ahead in your career you may need to invest in professional development. Think of this as an investment because it will open up new opportunities for you now and in the future.

Tax benefit:* The IRS offers a Lifetime learning credit which covers continuing education courses taken by employees for a 20% credit on up to $10,000 of tuition in one year [Subject to certain limits.] (IRS, p970/ch03).

Workforce Development Centers

Layoffs and cut-backs in companies across the country can be disheartening. However, people can take advantage of government funded programs through Workforce Development Centers to enroll in professional development programs. Some job transitioners use this opportunity to refine their skills in a familiar area, while others choose to learn a new skill set that can make them more marketable to potential employers.

We have experience working with these centers and try to make the process as easy as possible for you. First, meet with a counselor in a workforce development center to determine what will be of the most benefit to you and your professional development and get their approval to take a program. Next, call us and let us know you are working with one of these centers. Your counselor will then send us their official authorization and payment directly.

* Examples provided here are for informational purposes only. The tax benefits mentioned here might not apply to your situation. The University of St Thomas does not provide legal, tax, accounting or other advice. Please consult with an appropriate professional to discuss how this applies to you.

Payment and Cancellation Policies

The full fee or approved purchase order is due at the time of registration. Registration cannot be processed if payment is not enclosed. Call (651) 962-4600 for information. Substitutions or transfers can be made up to the day of the program.

If you need to cancel, please call our office at least five working days before the beginning of the program to avoid a 10 percent processing fee.

Cancellations made after the program begins are subject to the full fee. Additional registration materials, maps to the location, etc. will be sent to you after we receive your registration.

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