Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research

Scholarship. Service. Solutions.

The Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research educates leaders and advances best practices in the nonprofit and philanthropic community through academic excellence, applied learning and research that examines issues of strategic importance to the sector.

The Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research, which is part of the Department of Leadership Studies, consists of four components:

"The Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program combines theory and practice at the highest level, while cultivating an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support ..the program has afforded me a unique opportunity to explore and deepen my understanding of the sector as a whole while maintaining a private consulting practice. I literally take NLMP theory and practice to work with me on a daily basis. I have no doubt that the effects of this program reach well beyond the student and into the community at large."

- Nicole Miller-Coleman'12, nonprofit business management consultant; founder, CommonLab

10th Anniversary Video

Learn about the Nonprofit Institute from the people who first envisioned it.


91% of our alumni report they've been hired into a new position or received a raise as a result of our MA program. Read what else our alumni are saying in our annual alumni survey.

State of Nonprofits Research Release 

This report chronicles the capacity, contributions and overall economic health and well-being of the San Diego nonprofit sector over time and documents the current state of the nonprofit sector in San Diego County based on perspectives of local nonprofit leaders. 

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We are proud to be a member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). The NACC is a membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that focus on the study of nonprofit  organizations, voluntarism and/or philanthropy.

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