MNO Program Accreditation Celebration and Nonprofit Leaders Scholarship Fund Launch

MNO Graduates outside of Mandel School Building
Tony Gray

On September 27, alumni, students, and members of the nonprofit community in Cleveland joined to celebrate the Mandel School's accreditation of the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) accredited the MNO program–one of just nine graduate programs ever accredited by NACC, the only program in Ohio, and the only program housed in a school of social work.

The event also celebrated the launch of a new MNO scholarship, the Nonprofit Leaders Scholarship Fund,  presented by co-chairs Susan LaPine, MNO; Linda Springer, MBA, CNM, Adjunct Professor; and JoAnn White, MNO.

Hall of Achievement Inductees included Barbara Clemenson, DM, Adjunct Professor; Janus Small, MA, Adjunct Professor; and Linda Springer, MBA, CNM, Adjunct Professor.

The MNO was first launched as a certificate in 1987, then as a full master’s degree program in 1989, making it one of the first nonprofit leadership programs in the United States. Today it is a 39-credit hour program with full and part-time options; required courses in strategic planning, law, and ethics; elective courses in international NGOs, program design, and fundraising; and study abroad and dual degree opportunities.

The MNO is accredited from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2025 to meet the accreditation standards and graduate curricular guidelines. NACC accreditation fosters third sector academic programs worldwide, including nonprofit and nongovernmental studies and management, social entrepreneurship, social-purpose organizations leadership, and philanthropy studies and management, all with curriculum that places the civil sector at the center of the curricular perspective.

If you missed the celebration, you can view the slideshow presentation and the livestream video of the event.

To contribute to the Nonprofit Leaders Scholarship Fund, please give here