College of Business and Economics


The Institute serves three primary functions engaging collaboratively with students, community and Faculty:

Relevant Research:

  1. Participate in cutting edge research projects reflective of current international trends
  2. Encourage student participation in conferences, workshops and training activities
  3. Serve as a hub and an incubator for multi-disciplinary cooperation on research on the nonprofit sector nationally and internationally, with a special interest in Wisconsin.
  4. Designate Faculty affiliates
  5. Encourage sharing of current and aspirational research projects for feedback and idea generation
  6. Provide small amounts of funding for pilot projects, and liaise with campus representatives to promote seeking campus, system, and external funding for research projects.

Energized Education:

  1. Encourage collaboration and adoption of a multi-disciplinary approach to nonprofit management education across departments
  2. Coordinate educational and learning opportunities such as conferences, career events, speaking series, study aboard opportunities, and internship placements.
  3. Conduct regular student sessions to generate new ideas for programming.

Community Co-production:

  1. Contribute to statewide network of nonprofit management resources
  2. Liaise with professional sectoral networks to inform research and promote community co-production opportunities
  3. Seek input on and address the needs of regional nonprofit sector efforts by matching Faculty and volunteer expertise and interests.
  4. Host regular open-door community events for networking and consulting
  5. Co-develop and host special projects

The UW-Whitewater Institute for Nonprofit Management is housed in the Department of Management. Along with Institute programs and activities, the Department of Management offers a Nonprofit Emphasis (management majors only) and Nonprofit Management Studies Minor (all majors).  To meet the needs of these curricular options, the Department of Management collaborates with Faculty across campus involved in the teaching of thirteen different courses. Below we introduce the curricular options and describe the mix of courses.

Nonprofit Emphasis

The Nonprofit Emphasis provides students enrolled as General Management Majors with an opportunity to pursue their interest in nonprofit management studies. Students in the Nonprofit Emphasis are required to take Foundations in Nonprofit and Nongovernment Organizations (MGT 370), Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy (POLISCI 330) and Cooperative/Internship in Management (MGT 493).

Nonprofit Management Studies Minor

The Nonprofit Management Studies Minor is open to any major at the university. Required courses include Foundations in Nonprofit and Nongovernment Organizations (MGT 370), Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy (POLISCI 330) and Cooperative/Internship in Management (MGT 493), Fundraising for Charities (MGT 375), Managing Volunteer Resources (MGT 379) with Organizational Behavior (MGT 301) for non-business majors. In addition, two electives are taken from a choice of eight courses in arts management, health services, grant writing, financial planning, market research, training and development, and independent study.


  • Organizational Behavior (MGT 301): Study individuals and groups within an organizational context.
  • Foundations in Nonprofit and Nongovernment Organizations (MGT 370): examines the scope and impact of this growing sector.
  • Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy (POLISCI 330): introduces public policy models and approaches applicable to the NPO sector.
  • Cooperative/Internship in Management (MGT 493): is a practical internship course offered as a constructed-supervised work experience.
  • Fundraising for Charities (MGT 371): presents charitable fundraising theories and provides practice using basic fundraising tools.
  • Managing Volunteer Resources (MGT 379): introduces students to research and practice for managing both paid staff and volunteers.