​Who We Are

Established in 2002, The Nonprofit Institute was conceived in recognition of the need to build an MBA-type program tailored to nonprofit professionals, to support and strengthen the growing field of nonprofits and philanthropy across the San Diego region. Housed in the School of Leadership Studies and Education Sciences (SOLES), The Institute was designed from its inception to advance the University of San Diego's commitment to academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.


The Nonprofit Institute is committed to providing education, training and research to build leaders and strengthen organizations that help meet critical community needs.


The Nonprofit Institute envisions a world where ethical, compassionate leaders and strong organizations are working together toward a more inclusive, just society and healthy planet. 

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We invite you to learn more about NPI!

"I am honored to be part of The Nonprofit Institute team, committed to making a positive change in the region and beyond. We recognize the vital role that nonprofits and philanthropy play in tackling society's most difficult challenges. Our role is to strengthen leaders and organizations on the front lines of service for the common good. I encourage you to discover more about our work."

— Dr. Emily Young, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Institute

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