Why You’ll Love Nonprofit Leadership

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Non-profit leadership involves the application of management skills, problem solving abilities and leadership strategies to day-to-day operations. Working with non-profits offers graduates unique opportunities, like upward mobility, job availability and security, and the ability to perform many roles outside of just one job description. These are just a few of many reasons why future leaders consider and fall in love with non-profit leadership.

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But with today’s rebounding economy, why should students choose to study towards a career at a not-for-profit rather than taking their leadership skills to the private sector?

The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently advocated for new graduates to consider non-profit careers. Here are some of the reasons they believe you’ll love non-profit leadership:

  • Non-profit doesn’t have to be synonymous with “no money.” Fundraising, marketing, communications, finance, and policy related jobs can all expect higher salaries as non-profits compete with the private sector for the best talent;
  • The non-profit sector is surprisingly large – it is responsible for 9.2% of all salaries and wages paid in the United States and 5.3% of its GDP, which means that a wide range of opportunities will exist for graduates;
  • As the workforce ages and enters retirement, there will be a critical leadership gap. This means that new graduates can expect to ascend in the ranks quickly, managing increasingly complex challenges;
  • As organizations learn to run leaner and make do with less, non-profit leaders will gain valuable experience outside of their immediate job descriptions as their roles become more interdisciplinary; and,
  • Perhaps most importantly, graduates will be doing work that matters. As younger workers become disillusioned with traditional organizational and power structures, the non-profit sector offers more opportunities to make a real difference.


Non-profit leadership graduates will be empowered with the skills necessary to manage a wide range of functions, such as general business operations, project management, non-profit governance, fundraising, and strategic planning. They will also learn to apply these skills within the context of the non-profit sector, which faces unique legal issues, tax regulations, and management challenges. The endless diversity of non-profit organizations and the issues they work to improve means that students can apply their education to work that matters to them.

New England College’s Master of Science in Management degree offers students the choice of nine concentrations, each exploring the challenges and opportunities of the business climate in New Hampshire and northern New England through a rigorous and always evolving curriculum. Its non-profit leadership concentration “builds on [students’] leadership, management, and non-profit industry expertise with the introduction of new strategies and theories as they relate to the not-for-profit industry focusing on real-world application.” Graduates will become leaders in the sector, through the growth of their foundational knowledge and the advanced skills necessary for the not-for-profit industry.