‘The business of philanthropy’: Ottawa’s nonprofit sector embraces professionalization
BY: Rosa Saba
The Carleton University Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership was first offered in 2013 to address some of these growing trends and needs. The program’s graduate supervisor, Susan Phillips, says the growing sophistication and professionalization of the philanthropic sector made clear the need for a specialized set of skills.
“It’s a sector in which education is an important credential,” says Phillips, adding that with an increase in professionals from other sectors joining the nonprofit sector, a graduate degree may be necessary to help them gain the skills needed.
The key areas covered by the program are public policy, governance and strategic management, financing, and the demonstration or communication of impact.
“There’s much greater need for collaboration,” she says, adding that the program attracts a mix of people, some of them with no nonprofit experience and some of them with decades in the field. “People are just going to find career paths in other ways. And we need to encourage those career and leadership paths into the sector.”