Transform. Inspire. Lead.

Seattle University’s Nonprofit Leadership program offers you the opportunity to develop the skills you need to inspire and transform your organization and your community as you carve the path to a just and humane world. Both our Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) and our Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership provide a variety of pathways to help you achieve the change you envision.

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.

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.

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.

Meet Our Newest Faculty Member

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Stephan Blanford to the faculty of Nonprofit Leadership to teach board governance beginning in the winter of 2019.

Faculty member Dr. Stephan Blanford

Dr. Blanford brings extensive experience with nonprofit and public boards. He was elected and served on the Seattle School Board, providing oversight and governance for a 52,000 student, $1 billion urban school district. He also served on the Board of Directors of United Way of King County, the nation's largest United Way organization.

A practitioner and student of leadership and equity, Dr. Blanford has led several local nonprofits, and provided consultation support to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, principals and administrators of the largest school districts in the State of Washington and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Most recently, he was appointed as an Executive in Residence at the Seattle Foundation.

Dr. Blanford holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy and an MPA from the Evans School, and has served as a lecturer at the University of Washington. Dr. Blanford is certified as an Equity Coach by the National Equity Project, co-leads the popular Race and Leadership Dialogues in Seattle and is a reviewer for the Journal of African American Males in Education.


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See the change our students create

  • Ranked in top 40

    Ranked in top 40

    Best Masters in Nonprofit Management

    College Choice

Events and Information Sessions


  • Maureen Emerson Feit, PhD

    Maureen Emerson Feit, PhD

    Director, Nonprofit Leadership Program

  • Angela Cabatbat

    Angela Cabatbat

    Graduate Program Coordinator

  • Sarah Curtis-Tilton

    Sarah Curtis-Tilton

    Senior Administrative Assistant

  • Graduate Admissions


  • Office Location:
    Jefferson Building, Ste 401
    E Jefferson St & 14th Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122
    Mailing address:
    901 12th Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122

Alumni & Students at Work

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