The University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) is launching a new graduate program in nonprofit studies. The program is designed for current and prospective nonprofit leaders and others seeking a theoretical foundation in this vital, rapidly growing sector of the local and global economy.

The program will include a master’s degree in nonprofit studies, which will provide specialized knowledge in fields including management, advocacy and public policy, social entrepreneurship, resource development, program design and assessment, and global organizations and philanthropy. The program will also include a graduate certificate designed for leaders of nonprofit organizations and boards.

Stephanie S. Micas, who has strong Virginia and national experience in nonprofit fundraising and organization, has joined the program as visiting assistant professor and nonprofit studies interim program chair. Micas has more than 30 years of experience in fundraising, education and the arts. Most recently, she was senior vice president of consulting for Pursuant Ketchum, a national fundraising and consulting firm that serves nonprofits.

Micas has been an educator and administrator in Virginia public schools, and she served as associate dean of the university’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies. She is former president and CEO of the Arts Council of Richmond. Micas has represented a variety of clients in fundraising campaigns ranging from arts organizations and museums to hospitals, universities, and cultural and social service organizations.

The first classes should begin in August, pending approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the university’s accrediting body.

The nonprofit studies program supports the Community Engagement principle of the university’s strategic plan and extends the university’s longtime commitment to serving Richmond’s nonprofit sector through a variety of service and professional development programs offered by the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, UR Downtown and the Institute on Philanthropy.

SPCS offers adults convenient and affordable ways to finish an undergraduate degree and earn a graduate degree. The school also offers learners of all ages a variety of non-credit personal enrichment and professional development programs. SPCS is located on the university’s main campus and also operates offsite programs in Danville and Fredericksburg.

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