It was a problem that needed solving. While the average employment growth rate in nonprofit organizations is significantly higher than business and government sectors, finding nonprofit leaders with management skills equal to their passion for addressing societal needs is a challenge.
So, the Nonprofit Leadership Center and the Conn Foundation partnered with The University of Tampa to develop a nonprofit management program to strengthen the effectiveness of leaders in the social sector organizations in the Tampa Bay area.
The nonprofit management program is unique in that it is based in the Sykes College of Business, instead of a public administration program or social work school. The program focuses on topics designed to help nonprofit leaders better manage their organization such as effective board governance, strategic planning, understanding and creating budgets, marketing and fund development, developing a business plan and growing their leadership potential.
Now in its 11th year, the program has trained hundreds of Tampa Bay nonprofit leaders who sought to pursue their passion by developing management skills.
The program, ranked 25 nationally in the 2016 Top 50 Nonprofit Masters/Certificate Programs (Top Management Programs), is taught by doctoral degree faculty in partnership with leading nonprofit practitioners. The courses are delivered as intensive cohort-based, one-week seminars representing 12 credit hours of graduate-level instruction. Students can participate in the program in the certificate track or apply to the MBA program and earn a concentration in Nonprofit Management as part of the MBA program
Clara Reynolds started her career as a clinical social worker and later had the opportunity to start a nonprofit organization. She soon realized she needed additional business training, and decided to enroll in UT’s MBA program with a concentration in nonprofit management. Today, as president and CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Reynolds draws upon the skills she learned in operations, fund development, strategic planning and more.
“UT’s nonprofit management program is truly a ‘must have’ for any nonprofit executive director, CEO or aspiring leader. Like many in the field, I became an executive director due to my program and clinical experience, not my business acumen. From a clinical perspective, I knew what I was doing, but running a nonprofit is running a business. I needed more training and more support, and UT was the perfect place for me to go. I know I wouldn’t be standing where I am today if I had not gone through the program.” – Clara Reynolds
Amy Beekman, UT associate professor of management and director of Graduate Business Programs and director of Nonprofit Management Program, added that the nonprofit management program seeks to build the capacity of the nonprofit community.
“In a time where donors, funders, grant providers, and the government are looking for transparency ad accountability, this program gives nonprofit leaders the skills they need to successfully lead their organizations into the future” – Amy Beekman