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Prepare to Lead Sustainably and Successfully

Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations

Whether you lead with your heart or your head, nonprofits require careful business management skills. The St. Thomas Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations gives you a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities that come with running a nonprofit. The program broadens your perspective, allowing you to have a more effective impact within your organization.

Format: In-person or virtual

As a professional working within a nonprofit organization, you face many complexities each day. We help untangle the business side of nonprofit management by delivering:

  • Faculty who are in the field, sharing insights on nonprofit administration and operation
  • A broad curriculum that includes board governance, marketing, legal nuances, volunteer management practices, human resources, program evaluation, strategic planning, everyday leadership and more
  • A commitment to expand your potential and infuse new ideas into your nonprofit, regardless of your role

The St. Thomas Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations program prepares you to make more informed, strategic business decisions. You’ll learn highly applicable skills you can put to work right away, to make your organization stronger.

Small class sizes foster a collaborative learning environment, and help you build your network of other nonprofit leaders. Sessions are held on the downtown Minneapolis campus, and parking is available within one block. There are no prerequisites for this program.

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Is This Program Right for You?

Our Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations program is designed for nonprofit professionals in all stages of their careers. If you are currently working, leading or interested in joining a nonprofit organization, this program is for you.

Common program participant job titles include:

  • Executive Director
  • Site Staff
  • Volunteer Manager
  • Agency/Department Head
  • City Manager
  • Program Director
  • Annual Giving Director
  • Administrator
  • Compliance Director
  • Board Member
  • Volunteer
  • Event Coordinator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Program Manager
  • Fundraising Director/Manager
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Development/Foundation Director
  • Community Relations Director
  • Those looking to transition into their second career in a nonprofit

Benefits of This Program

Gain real-world skills you can use on Monday morning.

Leave every session with practical skills and knowledge you can apply at your nonprofit organization immediately.

Enhance your influence.

Return to work with great confidence in your ability to bring new ideas and more effective decisions to your everyday work.

Learn from experienced instructors.

Your instructors have solid backgrounds in nonprofit management. Hear their experiences and learn from their real-life examples.

Take Steps Toward CFRE Designation.

The Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations is approved to provide 3.75 points of continuing education with the Certified Fundraising Executive Program (CFRE).

Practice in Class.

Sharpen your new skills through exercises and discussion, so you’re well prepared to apply them in your workplace.

Build a new network of professional peers.

Find a community you can turn to for support and advice long after the program ends.

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From The Big Easy to The Bold North

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From The Big Easy to The Bold North


The Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations program is a series of 14 modules you can complete in various formats throughout the year, to accommodate your schedule and learning style. During the sessions, you’ll explore:

  • Employment law
  • Ethics
  • Financial management
  • Financial sustainability
  • Fundraising
  • Governance
  • Human resources
  • Leadership fundamentals
  • Legal Issues
  • Marketing
  • Program evaluation
  • Strategic planning
  • Volunteer management

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