Nonprofit Management and Entrepreneurship


This program is designed to prepare professionals for positions of management and leadership in non–profit organizations working to improving social and economic conditions. Both in–class and extracurricular activities stress student awareness of and participation in social services that shape and serve the public interests in these areas. The curriculum covers diverse types of non–profit and non–governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as their varied objectives and functions, including community-based organizing, outreach, and advocacy.

NGOs play a vital role in shaping public policy. The IPPAM curriculum is relevant to organizations working toward the following goals:

  • community participation
  • grassroots economic development
  • women’s rights, family and child well–being
  • urban renewal
  • educational reform
  • environmental protection
  • international cooperation
  • good governance

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Program participants acquire the skills needed to effectively lead and manage non–profit organization — specifically designing, promoting, supervising and evaluating social service campaigns. Key operational functions such as planning, fund–raising, marketing, negotiating, dispute resolution and problem solving are highlighted as well.

IPPAM provides a supportive study environment that facilitates a smooth transition to the U.S. academic culture. Participants benefit from building strong and lasting relationships with faculty, other graduate students, and professionals in locally based NGOs.

Sample courses include:

  • Non–Profit Management & Leadership
  • Planning in the Non–Profit Sector
  • The Non–Profit Sector & Public Policy
  • Financial Management of Public and Non–Profit Organizations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • International Development

Organizations for Site Visits and Internships

Los Angeles is an international capital and the home of many non–profit organizations engaged in a wide range of social sector activities. IPPAM assists program participants in securing practical training and career development opportunities at leading organizations such as:

  • National Center of Non–Profit Boards
  • The Support Center for Non–Profit Management
  • The United Way of America
  • United Neighborhood Organizations
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Partnership for Women and Families
  • Southern California Low–Income Housing Development Coalition
  • Asian Legal Center
  • Asian Pacific Dispute Resolution Center
  • Thai Community Development Center
  • Asian American Drug Abuse and Prevention Center