Making a Living while Making a Difference
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s only public university and one of just two in Western PA to offer undergraduates academic preparation for careers in the nonprofit sector.
You can pursue a first or second major at SRU in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership or you may decide to add value to any major by minoring in Nonprofit Leadership.
The Nonprofit Leadership Program at SRU gives you additional career options upon graduation as the nonprofit sector is eager to hire arts and humanities, business, communication, education, environmental science, health and physical education, political science, public relations, and social work majors who have additional background in the nonprofit sector.
What You'll Learn
Required courses will prepare you for an entry level career in a nonprofit organization. Classes will teach you how to develop and manage programs for children and adults, measure program and organizational effectiveness, generate funds through grants and special events, prepare budgets and maintain financial records, develop marketing tools and public relations materials, recruit and supervise volunteers, advocate for the needs of clients, and conduct human resources functions including hiring and evaluating staff.
Watch the video above to learn more about the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management program from a student's perspective. Visit our YouTube channel for more videos.
Ways to be Involved
SRU nonprofit majors, minors and other interested students can join the Student Nonprofit Alliance (SNA), a pre-professional association for students choosing careers in the nonprofit sector.
SNA programs and events allow members to enhance skills, connect theory to practice and develop connections with nonprofit professionals. As a member of SNA, you can enjoy:
Networking with nonprofit professionals from across the region
Career development workshops to assist with resumes, interviews, workplace transition
SNA’s Volunteer Crawl, weekend and extended break service adventures
International travel to learn about the nonprofit sector around the world
Program design and implementation of ‘live’ projects in the areas of fund development, events, peer training, and the administration of SNA’s “Change the World” grant-making fund
Leadership experience as board members and offices in the Student Nonprofit Alliance
Scholarships and membership to Sigma Nu Alpha, SRU’s nonprofit honorary
Affiliation with the SNA Alumni Association
To learn more about SNA, click here.