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Leadership and 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.  Students will develop an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the role of philanthropy in the United States. Students will apply fundraising techniques, volunteer management and recruitment practices and facilitate team development in organizational structures.

This program’s comprehensive curriculum and practical hands-on learning experiences increase the students’ abilities and skills in the work of leadership and nonprofit operations. Through the LMNO program, students will be empowered to become successful professionals who work to advance the quality of life in communities.

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 nonprofit management.
  • Are passionate about helping others.
  • Want to make a positive difference.
  • Have strong leadership and management skills.
  • Enjoy teamwork.

Career Opportunities

  • Executive director
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Fundraising or development officer
  • Grant writer
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Program director
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Lobbyist
  • Consultant

Recent Employers

  • Brookings Area United Way
  • Washington Pavilion
  • Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
  • South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance
  • SDSU Foundation
  • Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Elmwood Country Club

Internship Opportunities

  • Make a Wish of South Dakota and Montana
  • Boys and Girls Club of Northern Plains
  • Ronald McDonald Charities South Dakota
  • Brookings Backpack Project
  • Washington Pavilion
  • Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
  • Helpline Center
  • Brookings Area United Way
  • United Way of Bemidji Area

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 their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.