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Transform. Inspire. Lead.

Seattle University’s Nonprofit Leadership programs offers students the opportunity to develop the critical skills, perspectives, and experiences needed to lead for a more just and humane world. Both our Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) and our Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership center social justice and provide pathways for students to engage communities, align their leadership practice with their values, transform and sustain organizations, expand their networks, and advocate for equity and justice.

As we help you build the essential leadership qualities critical in today’s environment, we provide invaluable opportunities for you to test your ideas and skills with both the peers in your cohort and through practicum experience. As a result, you’ll be ready to apply your new expertise to a current position and any organizational challenges.

Read the NPL 2021 Spring Newsletter


Alumni Making an Impact in Their Communities 

Learn to Lead For Lasting Impact

Focus on core competencies, including:

  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Board Governance
  • Planning
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Human Resources Management
  • Program Design and Evaluation

Built on the national standards established by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.

Master of Nonprofit Leadership

Our curriculum and flexible schedule are designed with you in mind—the working professional seeking to expand your own passion and current role. One of the first graduate degrees in the country developed specifically for those who lead, or aspire to lead, nonprofit organizations.

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Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership

Our CFRE-approved, hybrid program is geared toward your schedule. Our emphasis on reflective practice, leadership, and promoting social justice provides the essential difference between a good fundraiser and a great one.

In recognition and celebration of the Black History Month, the Nonprofit Leadership program co-sponsored with the Social Work Department, a keynote address by Dr. Benjamin Danielson. A Racial Equity Reckoning aims to sustain people’s commitment to racial equity during these exhausting days and to go deeper into the nature of systemic racism and strategies to help address the difficult work of promoting equity. We are currently working on developing descriptions for the artworks presented by Dr. Danielson and will add them here once we have them completed.


Working With You as You Work For Others

As a faculty with nonprofit work experience ourselves, we know the work and dedication it takes to continue your education.  Our flexible master’s and hybrid graduate certificate allow you to get the education you need while continuing to build your career. With multiple scholarships and financial aid available, and with a faculty and community partners focused on helping you achieve your goals, we help you transform the world.

25 Years of Nonprofit Leadership

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For 25 years, the Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University have been preparing leaders for "a more just and humane world". Thank you for your support and joining us to celebrate 25 years of Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University last October! We had an exciting event and were thrilled to honor the ENGAGE, ADVOCATE, and IMPACT Alumni Awardees.

Events and Information Sessions

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    Elizabeth Dale

    Elizabeth Dale

    Interim Director


    Angela Cabatbat, Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership

    Angela Cabatbat

    Program Coordinator


    Sarah Curtis-Tilton, Senior Admin Assistant, Nonprofit Leadership

    Sarah Curtis-Tilton

    Senior Administrative Assistant


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    See the change our students create