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Grand Valley offering new Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree

Posted on June 17, 2014

Grand Valley State University’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration will offer a new graduate degree program designed for working professionals in the growing nonprofit and philanthropic field starting in fall 2014. The nonprofit sector employs about 10 percent of all people in Kent County and provides a total economic impact of $2.2 billion. 

The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program prepares students for careers or advancement in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector through classroom study, applied research, professional development and field experience. 

The MPNL degree is intended for professionals with at least three years of full-time experience in management or employment within the nonprofit sector. It consists of 36 credit hours of coursework. Students can choose an emphasis in community impact, mission advancement or nonprofit health care. 

Classes in the program include philanthropy, nonprofit management, fund development, financial management, human resource management and leadership courses, among others. The new degree provides educational opportunities for students who want to continue their study of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. 

Classes are available in the evening, weekends and online.

The programs offered by the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration (SPNHA), are designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in public, private and nonprofit organizations. For the past 30 years SPNHA has offered:

- Student-oriented, teaching-focused programs

- Scholarship and service engaged with the community

- A Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) accredited MPA program

- A Nonprofit specialization ranked 25th in the country by U.S. News and World Report

- Strong affiliations with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy

For more information, contact the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley at or (616) 331-6575.

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