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.

Conscious Leadership Academy. Our Conscious Leadership Academy draws from USD faculty experts and students to provide individualized leadership training, coaching and consulting. With a strong commitment to leadership that promotes social change for the common good, the CLA strives to develop conscious leaders who are prepared to meet the complex challenges they face in their communities, their social circles, and in today’s global organizations. 

Nonprofit Degree Programs and Certificates. There are several degree programs and certificates offered in the nonprofit space, through the Department of Leadership Studies. 

Community Partner Programs. The Nonprofit Institute is home to a variety of programs dedicated to developing 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 community partner programs focus on international peacemaking leadership, Hispanic leadership for community colleges, leadership for Latino boys, and urban leadership.