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Program at a Glance

College of Community Innovation and Education
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Learn How Nonprofits Operate and Explore Their Value in Communities

The BS in Nonprofit Management degree at UCF helps you learn the fundamental elements of how nonprofit organizations operate. The program provides an in-depth look at two critical elements of nonprofits: fiscal resources and human (people) resources. Both are necessary for organizations to provide intended services to their community.

As a nonprofit major, you’ll gain a well-rounded approach that provides you with the skills and knowledge required to support nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities. Classes are offered fully online, mixed-mode, and at UCF Downtown, making it easy to select class options that work for your schedule. You’ll also get first-hand experience working with a nonprofit organization through your required internship course. This allows you to learn what it takes to succeed in the industry while making connections along the way. The UCF School of Public Administration also coordinates an annual nonprofit conference that provides you with additional opportunities to directly interact with nonprofit leaders around the region and country.

Upon graduation, work in organizational support roles in areas such as development/fundraising, program management and evaluation, financial management, human resources/volunteer management and communications. The nonprofit degree could also be moderately equated to a business degree if your interests align more with nonprofit or charitable organizations.

Plus, after completing your coursework, you’ll be prepared to pursue a national credential in nonprofit leadership and management from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and a certificate in fundraising from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This helps you stay competitive and gives you an edge on the competition.

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First nonprofit management bachelor’s degree program in Florida.
International dual degree program option allows students to pursue a BS/BA in nonprofit management from UCF and a BS in public administration from a university in Lithuania.
The job outlook for community outreach specialists is expected to grow 11 percent through 2028.
Community outreach specialists earn around $46K across the U.S.

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Course Overview

Volunteer Management

Examine the recruitment, selection, training and management of volunteers in nonprofit organizations and the application of management theory.

Learn the operations of nonprofit organizations, including working with board of directors, volunteer services, fund-raising and grantsmanship, financial management and marketing.

Explore the development and management of human resources and financial resource development in nonprofit organizations is discussed.

There is a need for entry level employees who understand the complexities of working in nonprofit organizations. Through courses and extracurricular activities, the undergraduate nonprofit programs at UCF are able to provide students the skills and competencies required to lead, manage, and thrive in this unique sector.”

— Stephanie Krick, Ph.D., associate lecturer and academic program coordinator

Nonprofit Management Skills You’ll Learn

  • Execute fundraising campaigns and facilitate administrative functions related to development such as data entry and donor research.
  • Support volunteer programs including the recruitment, training and retention.
  • Research prospects for partnerships, events, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff to develop and improve organizational structure, programs and goal attainment.
  • Implement program/service improvements based upon evaluation results and feedback.
  • Assist in developing budgets and tracking expenditures as it relates to programs/services.
  • Develop communication tools to support events, programs and general outreach.

Career Opportunities

  • Program Coordinator
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Grant Specialist
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Development Associate
  • Events Specialist
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Community Relations/Engagement Assistant

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