Nonprofit organizations play an indispensable role in the lives of communities, groups, and individuals. Embracing educational, artistic, religious, health, and community organizations, the nonprofit sector accounts for 10 percent of the United States economy, employs almost 10 percent of the workforce, and is assisted by more than 100 million volunteers. At universities across the nation, dedicated students and nonprofit professionals are seeking the knowledge they need to make an impact on the nonprofit sector and the world. Responding to this demand, more than 255 colleges and universities provide at least one class in nonprofit management, including 157 schools that offer at least one course within a graduate department. On these campuses and others, centers for the study of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations are a focal point for diverse disciplines to combine thoughtful scholarship with practical applications.
These centers not only help provide a "big picture" of philanthropy, but also:
- study how nonprofit programs succeed
- investigate who gives and why
- publish the latest research
- train leaders
- educate donors
- organize conferences
- promote volunteering
- inform the public on the impact of giving
- advise local nonprofit organizations
- Curricular Guidelines for Graduate Study in Nonprofit Leadership, the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy, 2007 revised edition
- Curricular Guidelines for Undergraduate Study in Nonprofit Leadership, the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy, 2007
- In Pursuit of Excellence: Indicators of Quality in Nonprofit Academic Centers, 2006
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