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Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL)

In June, Andrew will be one of the first students to graduate from the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program. After earning a BA in English and Humanities at York University in 1998, Walker began his career in the nonprofit sector. He is now the Chief Operating Officer of Community Living Huronia in Midland, Ontario.

 You were working with nonprofits for about ten years when you decided to pursue a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. What drew you to that program?

My goal was to move into a senior leadership position within the nonprofit sector, but there aren’t many of those because nonprofits have a very horizontal structure. I hoped this degree would enable me to make that move, and it absolutely did.

 How did the MPNL degree help you in your career?

I hadn’t even finished yet, but I was interviewing for my current job and they were asking me a lot about the courses, what I had learned, and how I would apply it in this position. So it helped me 100 percent.

It sounds like a fairly practical program.

Definitely. We worked on social media strategies, financial forecasting, conducted research and evaluation, and designed business plans for nonprofits. Plus, I learned a lot from the guest speakers: academics, practitioners, business people, nonprofit professionals, and my fellow students.

 What will be your biggest challenge in this new job?

Nonprofits are in a strict funding environment, but we discussed different ways to generate revenue outside of government. I’m looking forward to bringing that into my present role because I work with lots of people who have fantastic ideas and I want to give them the resources they need.

 What’s the best part of your job?

Our clients are people with developmental disabilities who often feel isolated and don’t have access to the full benefits of our community. It is tremendously rewarding to see them achieve full citizenship and inclusion within our communities.

Friday, September 9, 2016 in ,
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