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Nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and social entrepreneurs are major players in how public policy gets developed and implemented and how change occurs in our society. And, the nonprofit sector in the United States and elsewhere is rapidly expanding in terms of scope of activity, assets held, share of economic activity and the paid workforce, partnerships with the for-profit and public sectors, and policy advocacy.  In the United States, the nonprofit sector encompasses more than one million organizations, represents approximately 10 percent of the workforce and is primarily funded by government resources. Annually, the sector reports trillions of dollars in revenue and assets and generates more than $400 billion dollars through donations and volunteers.

Yet training and leadership development has not kept pace with such growth, demand, and opportunity. In fact, most professionals working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector have scant education training in leadership and management. Students of all professional interests and backgrounds will find a number of interesting career opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

The School of Public Policy is home to an unmatched group of faculty who are both scholars and practitioners, teaching in the classroom while playing key roles the nonprofit, international NGO and social innovation spaces. The School and Do Good Institute offer a number of advance degree programs and opportunities including, 

Pease contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 301-405-6331 or policy-applications@umd.edu, for more information about the certificate and/or master's degree programs.