The Nonprofit and Public Management Center (NPM) is a collaboration of the University of Michigan Schools of Business, Public Policy, and Social Work. Its mission is to advance and promote understanding of the contributions of nonprofit and public organizations and the challenges of leading them successfully.
The Center develops sophisticated and comprehensive educational opportunities for professional school students, with a focus on preparing them to contribute to society through their involvement with the nonprofit and public sectors. Courses, projects, and extracurricular activities build the skills and understanding to work effectively in partnership across sectors, and to work effectively as managers, board members, volunteers, advocates, or advisors.
In addition, the Center provides a supportive research environment for faculty and doctoral students to advance knowledge in nonprofit and public management. Seminars, speakers, and conferences make it possible for faculty to learn from their colleagues in other schools and disciplines, and to develop a broader perspective on the challenges facing managers in the nonprofit and public sectors.
NPM strengthens the linkages between the University of Michigan and the community of nonprofit organizations, both locally and nationally, by sponsoring activities that enable researchers and practitioners to explore issues of common interest.