Nonprofit Studies


Nonprofit organizations work towards a variety of purposes and missions including:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Animal Welfare
  • Healthcare
  • LGBTQ Organizations
  • Mental Health
  • Legal Services
  • Food Banks
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fitness & Recreation
  • Youth Development
  • Family Services
  • Foreign Aff airs
  • International Development
  • Civil Rights
  • Community Development
  • Philanthropy & Foundations

Sample of organizations where recent Pace graduates have found internship and job placements:

  • New York Womens Foundation
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Yonkers Partners in Education
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Endeavor
  • Robin Hood Foundation
  • Safe Horizon
  • Sanctuary for Families
  • Stoked Mentoring
  • The After School Corporation
  • Greyston Bakery and Foundation
  • Housing Works
  • New York Urban League
  • Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • Vera Institute of Justice

Turn Your Passion Into A Profession

The need for thoughtful, well-educated leaders in a variety of nonprofit sectors–e.g., advocacy, cultural, social welfare, educational, and philanthropic organizations–is growing. Nonprofits employ around 10% of the American workforce, and over 18% of the workforce in New York State. There are nearly two million nonprofits in the U.S., with over $1 trillion in revenue and $4 trillion in assets. Our region has a particularly large number of such organizations and, according to data collected from Pace University’s Careers Services Department, in recent years approximately 33% of Dyson majors were employed in the nonprofit sector after graduation.

Do Well By Doing Good

A Minor in Nonprofit Studies, and the courses it offers, will equip you with the knowledge and handson experience needed to succeed in careers in foundations, human services, economic development, advocacy organizations, museums, the arts and environmental organizations. You will learn how to do well by doing good. This minor is open to undergraduate students from all Pace University programs and colleges.


This minor requires that you take two courses in Public Administration at the graduate level, which will help you get a head start on a future Masters in Public Administration. In addition, you can choose between two tracks: The Global Nonprofit Sector Track or the NYC and Urban Nonprofit Sector Track.

By completing the requirements for this Minor, you will:

  • Complete a volunteer placement or internship
  • Acquire professional skills appropriate to this career focus, including exposure to the following: grant writing, resource development and fundraising, program evaluation, case studies of nonprofits, and the knowledge of nonprofit law
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between nonprofit organizations and community development
  • Acquire an understanding of the impact of the nonprofit sector on the development or implementation of public policy
  • Be able to describe some of the differences between the work done by international philanthropic or advocacy organizations, and the local nonprofit sector.

Students interested in this minor should contact
Professor Nancy Reagin at