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Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations

Equip yourself to lead a nonprofit successfully and sustainably 

Successfully leading a nonprofit organization requires a special skillset unique to the sector. The Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations program instills a deep understanding of the realities, challenges and opportunities and how you can prepare to make those tough decisions.

As leader in a nonprofit organization, challenges you face include: 

  • Understanding the issues and business practices most crucial to nonprofit work 
  • Ensuring compliance in matters related to the nonprofit corporation act, including federal income tax exemption, unrelated business taxes, charitable contributions and others 
  • Developing an action plan and framework for growing and sustaining your organization. 
  • Mitigating the benefits and limitations of the unique process of strategic planning.

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Topics Covered

Tackle real-world challenges with confidence and ease

This Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations program provides a solid foundation of skills, tools and knowledge you will need to be successful in the nonprofit sector. Strengthen your leadership skills in addition to developing a body of knowledge on the topics below:  

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

Is This For Me?

The Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations program is designed to meet the needs of nonprofit professionals in all stages of their careers. If you are currently working, leading or interested in joining a nonprofit organization, this program is for you. 

 Participant titles/job functions may include but are not limited to:  

  • Executive Director 
  • Volunteer Manager 
  • Agency/Department Head 
  • City Manager 
  • Development/Foundation Director 
  • Program Director 
  • Annual Giving Director 
  • Community Relations Director 
  • Emergency Management Director 
  • Administrator 
  • Compliance Director 
  • Fundraising Director/Manager 


Meet a Previous Participant

Who completes the Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations program?

Hello, I’m Melissa Burwell and I completed the Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations program. I’m currently Director of Scholar Programs at Wallin Education Partners. Several co-workers had good things to say about the program and my supervisor encouraged me to enroll in it. The registration process was simple and I was able to get registered in a short amount of time. 

This program gave me skills I could use in my current position and ambitions to become an executive director. Not only did this program give me reassurance in the non-profit knowledge I already knew, but provided me a new language and rationale to work with various stakeholders related to my organization. I have a better understanding of what it means to manage an organizational budget effectively, what questions to ask and confidence in my decision-making skills. I would recommend this program to anyone currently in the nonprofit sector or anyone looking to go into it. The Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations provides a great foundation for a fresh perspective on your current skills and can make you more valuable in the non-profit sector. 



Learn from our top-notch faculty with industry experience

  • Melissa Becker
  • Rick Cunningham
  • Mo Fahnestock
  • Gino Giovannelli
  • Gary Kelsey
  • Audrey Kintzi
  • Pat Plunkett
  • Tom Triplett
  • Jason Skirry
  • Alison Smith
  • Terry Straub
  • Patty Wilder

Your Investment

Invest in your career - Gain a strong ROI

Price: $1500
4.2 CEUs

Why Choose Mini MBA for Nonprofits Organizations?

  • Apply these skills immediately. Learn applicable skills and knowledge that will propel your nonprofit organization in the right direction as soon as the next day.
  • Prepare for the needs of the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit organizations must adhere to different regulations than the private sector. With an understanding of how to follow these regulations, your nonprofit can adapt to the changing climate and sustainably grow. 
  • Enhance your leadership presence. You’ll return to work with the confidence needed to lead your nonprofit organization. Impress your colleagues with your knowledge of key business areas and insight.
  • Learn from experienced instructors. All instructors in this program have a solid background in nonprofit management. Hear their experience in the nonprofit sector and how you can benefit from their real life examples.
  • Take Steps Toward CFRE Designation. The Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations is approved to provide 43 hours of continuing education with the Certified Fundraising Executive Program (CFRE). Becoming a Certified Fundraising Executive is a multi-step process. For complete information on the requirements to earn this certification, please visit the CFRE website.

Additional Program Details:

  • Cost includes tuition, learning materials and refreshments.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are non-credit educational experiences; one CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours of study and will be noted on your completion certificate. 
  • Program sessions are held on the downtown Minneapolis campus. Parking is available within one block.
  • There are no prerequisites for this program.

Why St. Thomas Executive Education?

At St. Thomas Executive Education you will:

  • Gain practical tools from experienced faculty
  • Learn current, real-world skills you can apply on Monday (and every day)
  • Network with other professionals working in business
  • Have a personalized experience from program exploration to successful completion

All of this leads to a smart, practical and personalized experience to gain confidence and excel in your career. With over 30 open enrollment programs, we can help you dive into a specific topic area, understand business terminology and further develop your leadership and management skills.