Lean Six Sigma for Social Impact

Learn how to lead your organization through a structured improvement journey.

About the Program

Are you looking for new ways to solve problems and enhance your resourcefulness in advancing your mission? The University of San Diego has your answer. The Nonprofit Institute has teamed up with the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering to develop the first-of-its-kind Lean Six Sigma program specifically designed for nonprofits in the San Diego region. 

Our region’s nonprofit sector employs thousands of highly talented, values-driven professionals who do noble work – and they do it well. This unique program is designed to help them extend their nonprofit mission for even greater social impact.

The Lean Six Sigma for nonprofits program is taught by USD Engineering Professor Leonard Perry and seasoned local industry professionals, with Engineering students serving as coaches to participating organizations. Over the course of the program, participants use Lean Six Sigma methodologies to help their organizations identify ways to streamline operational processes and reduce current inefficiencies and redundancies.

The Lean Six Sigma tools are tailored toward nonprofit management and operations, with the goal of applying this approach to a specific project within each participating organization. Participants will have the opportunity to receive a Green Belt certification upon successful completion of project and evaluation.

If you would like more information about this program, please contact nonprofit@sandiego.edu. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming program starting in late January, 2020!

"The goal is to help nonprofits pursue their mission better, faster and cheaper. If you can do that, you can bring your mission to that many more people."
- Vince Kasperick, Advisor and donor to The Nonprofit Institute and Founder & President of AimLoan. 
"The workshops made us stop and look at our processes differently. We came to understand what our problems were. We now have a standardized process for this part of our operations."
- Consuelo Aguilar, Analyst, San Ysidro Health
"We teach them how to make a lot of small improvements, and making those small improvements has a big impact on an organization."
- Dr. Leonard Perry, Associate Professor, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, University of San Diego.

Program Costs

$3,000 per organization with up to two participants per organization. Scholarships are available. To request a scholarship, please email nonprofit@sandiego.edu with your organization name, mission statement, EIN number, and indicate the scholarship amount requested.