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Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations (B.S.)

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Prepare to make a difference.

The Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (LMNO) major prepares students for jobs in the nonprofit sector. Through the LMNO program, students will be empowered to become successful professionals who work to advance the quality of life in communities.

This program prepares students with opportunities to increase their abilities and skills in the work of leadership to enhance nonprofit organizations.  Students will develop an understanding of the nonprofit sector, the role of philanthropy in the United States, and introduce the history, philosophy, ethics, and organizational structure of nonprofit and social service agencies. Students will apply fundraising techniques, volunteer management and recruitment practices, and facilitate team development in organizational structures.

Upon completion of the undergraduate program, students may also earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance organization.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Want to work in public or non-profit management
  • Want to make a positive difference
  • Work well with others
  • Have strong leadership and management skills
  • Want to help people

Career Opportunities

  • Executive director of a nonprofit
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations or fundraising manager
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Program director

Recent Employers

  • United Way
  • Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
  • Special Olympics
  • SDSU
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • LifeScape
  • Make a Wish

Internship Opportunities

  • LifeScape
  • Make a Wish
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Brookings Backpack Project

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The Exploratory Studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the Exploratory Studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.