Center for Nonprofit Leadership

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership, housed in the Williamson College of Business Administration (WCBA), provides you with academic programming and professional development experiences for pursuit of a career in the nonprofit sector (working for a nonprofit, charitable organization) and/or serving the community.

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership has a lot to offer:

  • Academics

    There is both a minor and certification with the Nonprofit Leadership program. Both can be paired with any major on campus!

  • Experience

    Student Nonprofit Leadership Organization (SNLO)

    The Nonprofit Leadership program offers a student organization for you to join and gain real-world experience. SNLO is a great way to learn fundraising best-practices, networking skills and the importance of volunteer work. The student organization takes time to visit local nonprofit organizations to gain a better understanding of the operations and importance of their missions.

    Pay-It-Forward: Student Philanthropy Initiative

    The Pay-It-Forward initiative gives Nonprofit Leadership students a chance to be part of grant selection process. Each Spring, students in SNLO distribute a grant application, review the applicants and choose an area nonprofit organization to receive the gift. The process is a great learning experience, from gaining understanding of the grant process to learning more about the nonprofit organizations in the Valley. 

How can you benefit from a minor or certificate in Nonprofit Leadership?

  • Make a Living: Making a Difference! Nonprofit organizations exist to provide services for the betterment of the community / society and to create social change. 
  • Stand out in today’s job market!  Nonprofit Leadership at Youngstown State will prepare you for a rewarding and prestigious career as a nonprofit leader.
  • The nonprofit sector is the fastest growing employment sector in our country, and offers a wide-range of employment opportunities including: Management, Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations, Accounting, Development/Fundraising, Special Events, Volunteer Management, Social work and much more!
  • Students participate in Regional Case Study Exercises and work as consultants in nonprofit organizations like COSI (Center for Science and Industry) in Columbus, Cleveland Museum of Art, Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, and more! 
  • Receive one-on-one support, advisement, and mentoring.