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The Richard M. DeVos Center at Grand Valley State University. Photo taken pre-COVID.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, M.P.N.L.

The master of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership prepares students for careers or advancement in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector through classroom study, applied research, professional development, and hands-on experience.


8%
National Job Growth

Job opportunities in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership fields are expected to grow 8% in the U.S. by 2025.

8%
West Michigan Job Growth

Job opportunities in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership fields are expected to grow 8% in West Michigan by 2025.

Top 10

Program ranked Top 10 in the Nation


Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

Students will learn to act ethically and effectively in leading and managing philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, and to transcend traditional boundaries in the pursuit of prosperous, safe, and healthy communities.

The MPNL degree is designed for professionals with at least three years of full-time experience in management, and/or employment within the nonprofit sector. However, exceptional individuals who do not meet this criteria are encouraged to reach out to the Program Director for information and to discuss options for applying to the program. The MPNL consists of 36 credit hours of coursework. Students can pursue the following emphases:

Why Study Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley?


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