Nonprofit Business & Social Enterprise
Do you have a head for business and a heart for service? Imagine merging your passion to serve others with your interest in business to help an organization like World Vision, Convoy of Hope, or an emerging social enterprise achieve its mission. Evangel’s Nonprofit & Social Enterprise major is one of a very few in the country that brings together a business core with nonprofit-oriented courses to provide a management or promotions track to match your strengths with your calling to service. Go to the “Links” tab on this page to see some of the exciting things our graduates are doing in this field.
The similarities between for-profit businesses and the 1.8 million nonprofit organizations in the United States are far greater than their differences. Public demand and various economic, operational and legal factors drive nonprofits to find creative ways to develop resources and demonstrate effectiveness. Likewise, both for-profit and nonprofit social enterprise organizations are emerging to offer products and services along with a commitment to provide for the common good. Humanitarian and advocacy organizations need people who are skilled in managing projects or in fundraising and promotion. Social service and church organizations are eager to have administrators who can effectively develop and manage human and financial resources as well as facilities, projects and systems that sustain support and cost efficiencies.
Evangel’s Nonprofit Business & Social Enterprise major is a comprehensive major consisting of 72 credit hours that enables student to integrate our business foundation courses with requirements and electives from management, marketing and specific nonprofit courses. Students can use 18 elective credits to select a management emphasis, promotion/social enterprise emphasis, or to incorporate a minor in social work, criminal justice, intercultural studies (missions), international studies, biblical studies, broadcasting, digital arts, electronic media, film, journalism, photography, TESOL/TEFL, leadership, music technology, recreation or other areas with the objective of enabling a student to combine their vocational interest with managing or promoting a nonprofit organization.
Evangel’s location, mission and extensive network of alumni who are already serving in nonprofit leadership gives us access to people and resources that can bring real world experience into the learning process through adjunct faculty, guest lectures and seminars, mentors, special projects and a significant field experience.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
|Philanthropy: Theory and Practice||Covers the components of a development plan, including types of campaigns, sources of funding, mechanisms for solicitation, and fundamentals of grant writing. Will also cover how to discern which fund raising elements are appropriate for a specific organization; the roles of a board, development staff, executive staff and program staff; and emerging trends in philanthropy|
|Nonprofit Governance and Law||Learners examine the governance of nonprofit organizations from the perspective of the legal environment of nonprofits.|
|Volunteer Engagement/Resource Management||This course focuses on the dynamics of volunteerism in nonprofit organizations and in the life of the community, covering issues such as committees and task force organization and leadership.|
|Nonprofit Marketing and Promotion||Focus is on application of principles and practices of marketing and promotion to nonprofit organizations. Key topics include the growth and development of nonprofit marketing and branding concepts, developing a core marketing strategy, positioning the organization, promotion and communication techniques, and designing and managing the marketing mix.|
|Introduction to Social Enterprise||Learners examine the concepts and purpose of for-profit and non-profit social enterprise organizations and learn how to develop a business idea, promote the idea, develop an operations system for the product or service; examine regulatory requirements that must be met, identify the type of organization that best fits the purpose of the social enterprise, and create a plan for sustainability.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Eveline Lewis has made her mark in the nonprofit business world both in the United States and abroad. While managing philanthropic endeavors and increasing the sustainability of nonprofits, she’s witnessed the importance of good business practices. That experience made her Evangel’s choice to coordinate the Nonprofit Business and Social Enterprise program. Lewis previously read more
Evangel's academic programs are designed specifically to prepare you for a career in the real world. But it's more than just job preparation; it's preparing you to make a full impact in your profession through the unique combination of faith and learning. Here are some of the professions this degree would prepare you for:
- Nonprofit event coordinator
- Manager/director for advocacy or humanitarian agency
- Church business administrator
- Grant writer
- Humanitarian project design and management
- Nonprofit fundraiser
- Service manager
- Social enterprise business development
No special requirements for this program.
General Undergraduate Requirements
The following are general requirements for all students beginning an undergraduate program at Evangel. For more information visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.
|Faith||As a boldly Christian university, all of our students have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.|
|Diploma||Graduation from high school, or having the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Education Development (GED) examination.|
|Core Subjects||A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in core college prep classes (English, math, social sciences and science with a lab)|
|Grade Average||A "C" average. However, in some cases, a student with a weak academic record may be considered. To remain at Evangel, however, the student must meet scholastic requirements.|
|Standardized Tests||>Entering freshmen should take the ACT or SAT test. The codes for Evangel are as follows: SAT: 6198. ACT: 2296.|
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