GVSU Unveils New Master of Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Degree

Monday, November 10, 2014

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Master of Public 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 field experience. 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.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The M.P.N.L. degree is for professionals with at least three years of full-time experience in management, and/or employment within the nonprofit sector. It consists of 36 credit hours of coursework. Students can pursue the following emphases:

  • Community impact
  • Mission advancement
  • Nonprofit healthcare


Students will study a variety of topics, including:

  • Financial management
  • Fund development
  • Grantmaking
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit management
  • Program evaluation
  • Social entrepreneurship

Career Options

Graduates are typically employed in a variety of professions, including:

  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Grantmaking
  • Program development

Why Study Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley?

  • Grand Valley is actively involved with the community.
  • The program meets the needs of part-time and full-time students with evening and weekend courses, workshops, and Web-enhanced learning.
  • Grand Valley library's endowed Johnson Collection for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is one of the country's most comprehensive collections of books, journals, and audiovisuals on the nonprofit sector.

For More Information

School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
(616) 331-6575

M.P.A. Program Coordinator, Richard Jelier: [email protected]
Admissions Office


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