Successful Nonprofit Management Degrees –

The nonprofit sector – which includes charitable organizations, hospitals, churches, educational institutions, and social welfare organizations – has experienced steady growth in past years, with a 19% increase in registered nonprofit organizations from 1999-2009.

The scope and operation of nonprofit organizations varies from that of businesses. Generally, the goal of a business is to make a profit, while nonprofits aim to fulfill a mission. Nonprofit organizations can produce revenue, but cannot distribute it to owners or employees the same way a business would. It is used for the operation of the organization. While nonprofit managers perform many of the same duties as business managers – such as planning, directing, and coordinating daily operations, as well as being involved in budgets and finances – they differ in the manner in which they approach these duties.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many social and community service managers work in the nonprofit sector, and these positions require at least a bachelor’s degree, though some jobs require a master’s degree. Compensation for nonprofit managers – which is monitored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – is less than managers in local and state government. The average salary for nonprofit managers is between $31,772 and $66,520, according to PayScale.

A bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management can lead to management positions with various nonprofit organizations. Here are some schools offering online bachelor’s degrees in nonprofit management:

  • Berkeley College: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Management from New York-based Berkeley College will take courses offered by the Larry L. Luing School of Business. The degree program requires completion of 180 quarter-credit hours in which students will take classes emphasizing management, marketing, and financial management. Berkeley College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • Toccoa Falls College: Toccoa Falls College is a not-for-profit Christian college based in Georgia. Students can earn a degree in nonprofit business administration by completing 126 hours-worth of course work to include Bible and Theology curriculum, as well as classes which include nonprofit law and governance, servant leadership, and strategic nonprofit management. Toccoa Falls College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Ashford University: Ashford University – a private school based in Iowa – offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Service Management with a specialization in nonprofit enterprise. The 120-credit program includes 12 hours of specialization classes which include cross-cultural perspectives, organizational behavior, nonprofit agency management, and fiscal management of nonprofit organizations. Ashford University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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