Nonprofit Studies


Welcome to Nonprofit Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Our mission is to foster a collaborative knowledge resource that supports effective governance, management, leadership and research in the nonprofit community.

With more than 13.5 million Americans working in nonprofit organizations, and many more who are contributing, this challenging, complex and rewarding sector of our nation’s economy is growing at an exceptional pace.* In the past four decades, nonprofit sector employment has more than doubled, with growth rates consistently exceeding those of business and government here in the Commonwealth and throughout the country.**

In today’s highly competitive environment, students interested in a career in nonprofits and citizens looking to make a difference need more than passion; they need the skills and knowledge to turn their passion into action. Nonprofit Studies at VCU joins theory with real-world education and training, all within the context of Richmond’s vibrant nonprofit community. Our interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, and non-academic credit bearing programs balance field and classroom learning and provide a multitude of options for specialization. In keeping with our mission, we offer a range of formal and informal educational opportunities.

Whether you are an aspiring, new or experienced nonprofit manager, a volunteer or board member, Nonprofit Studies at VCU can help you gain the management and organizational skills you need to make a difference. I hope you’ll take a moment to explore this site for more information and resources, and I invite you to contact our office for assistance in deciding which specialization fits your goals.

Nancy Stutts, Ph.D.
Interim Program Chair, M.P.A. and Nonprofit Studies

* Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Policy Development, (2010). Volunteering in America 2010: National, state, and city information. ** Salamon, L. M., & Geller, S. L. (2012). Virginia’s nonprofit sector: Shaping the economic, cultural and social landscape (Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin Number 41).

For further information on the graduate, post-baccalaureate and non-academic nonprofit programs, please contact:
Nancy Stutts, Ph.D.
Interim Program Chair, M.P.A. and Nonprofit Studies
Phone: (804) 827-2164

For further information concerning the undergraduate minor, please contact:
Deirdre M. Condit, M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, Political Science

For undergraduate advising, contact