Signature Programs

Educating Leaders. Building Community. Engaging Philanthropy. Advancing Solutions.

Our Signature Programs

Caster Family Center For Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research. The Caster Center provides research, evaluation and consulting services that build the leadership and strategic- and evaluative-thinking capacity of the local nonprofit sector.

Climate Education Partners. Climate Education Partners is a collaboration among professors, scientists, researchers, educators, communications professionals and community leaders working with local key influential leaders to communicate the causes of climate change, its impact in our region and options for enhancing our climate resilience.

Governance Symposium and State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Summit. Each year, The Nonprofit Institute assembles an array of top-notch seminars and workshops to facilitate stimulating conversations around governance for nonprofit boards, as well as the latest trends and critical issues for nonprofits and philanthropy.

Nonprofit Training and Consulting. Every year we receive many inquiries from nonprofit organizations asking how they can get access to the labor power and brainpower of students who are enrolled in our nonprofit master’s program. Since most of our students work in full-time management positions, they are unable to serve as student interns. However, their course work requires them to complete a wide-range of applied projects with nonprofit corporations. The Technical Assistance Resources Program allows local nonprofit organizations to receive quality products that are created by expert faculty-led student teams. NPI also has partnered with the City of San Diego to diversify the nonprofits with which the City contracts to broaden the reach of services to customers, as well as to strengthen the organizational capacity of nonprofit organizations with which the City contracts to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. 

Leadership Development. The Nonprofit Institute is home to a variety of programs dedicated to developing conscientious leaders who are prepared to meet the complex challenges they face in their communities, social circles, and the global context of today's organizations. Our Conscious Leadership Academy draws from USD faculty experts and students to provide individualized leadership training, coaching, and consulting. Our community partner programs focus on international peacemaking leadership, Hispanic leadership for community colleges, leadership for Latino boys, and urban leadership.