Chicago Business Schools Prepare Students For Future Careers in Nonprofits According to the Chicago Tribune, Windy City nonprofits reported a surge in spending and staffing in recent years. An annual survey by the CBRE Group, one of the world’s largest real estate companies, showed that 35 percent of Chicago-area nonprofits planned on expanding staff or office space, up from 24 percent reported in 2011. Additionally, 20 percent reportedly planned on increasing advocacy and marketing budgets, outpacing national averages.How do Chicago business schools help their students earn careers in the thriving nonprofit sector? Let’s take a look.Academic ProgramsThe first way a business school helps prepare students for careers in the nonprofit sector is through academic programs and on-topic coursework. For example, students at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management get involved in the nonprofit sector through the school’s academic curriculum, student clubs and experiential learning opportunities. The Social Impact pathway at Kellogg is designed for MBAs who want to work in public or nonprofit sectors. According to Kellogg:“The conceptual basis of the pathway includes classes to: define social value, identify and implement strategies to effect change through partnerships between business, government and non-profits; and anticipate and manage inevitable value conflicts.”Social Impact offers three different professional tracks for students to explore based on their desired career: Policy, social innovation and nonprofit management, the latter of which looks specifically at leading nonprofit organizations.Other business schools, like the Mendoza College of Business, offer specialized nonprofit programs. Mendoza features an Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration (EMNA) program and a one-year, residential Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program. According to Notre Dame, that new MNA program is designed for:“Those desiring to enter the nonprofit sector directly out of college or a post-college nonprofit placement, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America. In this new, intensive program, you will gain a solid business education and acquire insights and strategies to elevate organizations into a more effective and sustainable force for good.”Student Organizations and Experiential LearningAside from coursework, students can learn a great deal about how nonprofits work from student organizations. Clubs like Net Impact work to educate students about socially responsible business nonprofits, public management and civic leadership. The club has a presence at many top Chicago business schools.Chicago Booth Net ImpactKellogg Net ImpactKellstadt Graduate School Net ImpactLiataud Net ImpactMendoza Net ImpactLoyola University Chicago Net Impact Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini For more information on Social Impact and MBA degrees, visit Clear Admit.