Nonprofit Leadership

Preparing you to serve the community with a major, minor or certificate

Nonprofit Leadership


You can learn how to meet the needs of other people and how to plan for a nonprofit's future.

Why choose this program?

The interdisciplinary major in nonprofit leadership is designed to prepare you for a career in the nonprofit sector. You'll learn fundraising, leadership, financial management, human resources, volunteer management, strategic planning as well as ethics and social responsibility. Through your cousework, you will have opportunities to work directly with nonprofit organizations, complete one or more internships, attend Nonprofit Connect Shadow Day and network with nonprofit leaders in Kansas City.

We also offer a minor in nonprofit leadership for those with another primary major with career interests in health care, human service organizations, international nongovernmental organizations and many others.

Preferred Internship Program

We are committed to providing you with dynamic, outcomes-based internship opportunities that will ultimately lead to career opportunities in your area of vocational focus. Curriculum preparation, competency development, formal feedback and evaluations, and a strong partnership with the internship provider are critical elements to ensuring success.

Our Certificate Option

The Jewell Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program prepares and certifies you to serve your communiy through careers in the nonprofit sector. This certificate program, which is based on competencies and courses, is open to students from any major and complements the Pryor Leadership Studies Program, the Tucker Leadership Lab and the curricular and co-curricular activities already in place at William Jewell. The program offers targeted studies/experiences in the core competencies necessaryfor effective leadership in nonprofits.

You will have numerous opportunities to interact with nonprofit leaders through workshops, conferences and internships, with a highlight being the annual Philanthropy Midwest Conference. The Jewell Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program creates career opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional students who graduate with a liberal arts education and a heart for service.

What can I do with a nonprofit leadership degree?

Jewell's program prepares you for a variety of roles in both the public and private sector.

  • Internships

    In the past few years, nonprofit leadership majors have interned at organizations such as:

    Hillcrest Hope
    Westside Housing
    A Broader View (Keyna)
    Hispanic Economic Development Corporation
    Jewell Urban Impact Partners
    KC Common Table
    Operation Breakthrough
    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    United Way
    Kohala Mountain Educational Farm (Hawaii)
    Youth Volunteer Corps
    Mary L. Kelly Center
    Starlight Theater
    Olathe Chamber of Commerce
    Truman Heartland Community Foundation

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  • Job Placements

    Young alumni are making a difference in these roles:

    Harvesters Community Food Network
    Guide Dogs for the Blind
    YMCA
    American Cancer Society
    Americorps
    Youth Volunteer Corps
    Kansas City Public Library Refugee and Immigrant Services
    Mission Adelante
    Church World Service
    Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
    Federal Reserve Bank
    Rainbow Mennonite Church
    North American Primary Care Research Group
    Alzheimer's Association

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