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Nonprofit Programs

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.

Nonprofit Leadership

Institute for Executive Director Leadership

This is a 10-month cohort program that begins every spring and consists of two full days on the St. Thomas campus and four, two-day interactive learning retreats.  During the program, executive directors will:  

  • Learn how to build trust within their organizations in order to move initiatives, and create and communicate visions 
  • Examine real-world nonprofit issues in a spirit of confidentiality and engagement with colleagues who face similar challenges 
  • Explore, develop, and act on individual and organization goals 
  • Reflect on and integrate personal, professional, and organizational successes 
  • Study Leadership development tools that are based on researched theory and practice  

Charter School Board Training

All charter school members undergo training in Minnesota charter school law, employment law, and the fiscal responsibilities of charter school boards.  The topics covered will be:

  • Board governance expectations and responsibilities 
  • Board membership composition 
  • Accountability and access to records and public documents 
  • Board meetings, including open meeting law requirements 
  • Role of committees 
  • Conflicts of interest 
  • Reviewing and establishing contracts and employment policies and practices, including faculty licensing 
  • Adherence to employment laws, including human rights, disabilities, due process and “whistleblower” protection  
  • Financial reports 
  • Internal controls and review 
  • Reimbursement practices, budget development guides, petty cash and credit card use and electronic fund transfer policies and review 
  • Audit process and follow-up procedures  
Nonprofit Foundations

Fundraising Certificate Series

The Fundraising Certificate Series is comprised of 13 individual sessions. Take them all to be eligible for the CFRE, or take one to brush up on a skill. The topics are listed as follows:

Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations 

Participants gain confidence in their leadership management skills in addition to developing a body of knowledge in the topics below:  

  • Employment law 
  • Ethics 
  • Financial management 
  • Financial sustainability 
  • Fundraising 
  • Governance 
  • Leadership fundamentals 
  • Legal Issues 
  • Marketing 
  • Program evaluation 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Volunteer management  

Center for Nonprofit Management

The University of St. Thomas has created the Center for Nonprofit Management to help nonprofits successfully advance their missions. Learn what they can do for you!

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