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Business — Not-for-Profit Management

Should charities, ministries and NGO's follow the same business practices as for-profit companies?

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The not-for-profit sector is dynamic and provides unique opportunities and challenges for managers. It needs leaders who are passionate about activism and positive change through the promotion of causes or by providing a public service. The Business - Not-for-Profit Management program at Redeemer equips students with a biblical framework for ethical business practice, preparing them to think critically about how to reflect Christ in the NFP sector's approach to program planning, fundraising, partnership-building, and volunteer engagement.

Business - Not-for-Profit Management is a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. It is offered as an honours major and as a major.

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Right from the start, Redeemer’s business degree programs build a solid foundation of concepts, models, and theories across the disciplines while also grounding you in a Biblical framework for meaningful business networking and practices.

Your first-year courses introduce you to the different disciplines within business studies before digging deeper into topics that are more specific to the Business - Not-for-Profit Management stream. You have the flexibility to design a program tailored to your specific interest in the not-for-profit sector while also getting a broad and balanced understanding of all business disciplines with practical, real-world experiences you will encounter later on in the program

Business — Not-for-Profit Management The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Entrepreneurs who understand historical trends and are effective collaborators are more successful in their business ventures.
  • Managers are more capable leaders when they understand the psychosocial needs of their employees.
  • Accountants interpret more effectively when they understand the people and processes behind the data.

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In the Classroom

In your classes, you will build a solid foundation across the disciplines while also honing soft skills in courses like Not-for-Profit Management, Development and Fundraising, and Not-for-Profit Marketing. Small classes taught by dedicated professors who are experts in their field mean you will conduct and critically assess research as you review the methods, concepts and findings of contemporary business practices.

Beyond the Classroom

In Redeemer’s business program, Prof. Susan Van Weelden, Prof. Laurie Busuttil and their colleagues are advancing the case method, an experiential learning approach for business students where students take on the role of managers in a variety of industries, organizations and scenarios. This case method provides a way for students to practice and gain confidence in their management skills.

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After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s business — not-for-profit management program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Chandler Horne '09

is in the business of bike and community restoration through his church plant in Hamilton, ON.

Clarence Keesman '98

is the executive director of youth drop-in centre The Refuge, where he encounters stories of brokenness and healing every day.

Alumni have gone on to careers as...

  • Executive directors of NFPs
  • Program managers
  • Marketing executives
  • Account managers
  • Development officers
  • Fundraisers
  • Donor relations

Alumni have done further studies to earn...

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MA in Not-for-Profit Management
  • Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP)
  • Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL)
  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Master of Management (MMgt)
  • MA in Business Leadership

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Business — Not-for-Profit Management Stories

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First 12 BBA Grads Receive Degrees

The new bachelor of business administration degree will better reflect the calibre and range of courses across multiple business disciplines that are taken by...

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Exceptional Business Student Recognized for Co-op Achievements

Erica Costin, a respected team player, has been named the 2020 Co-op Student of the Year, after a term as a research assistant in the business department.

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Cultivating Creation in the Workplace

James Cuthbert ’09 owns and operates Urban Green, a company that creates indoor gardens and green spaces in offices and homes across southern Ontario.

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The Art of the Pitch

Fifth-year business student Matthew Schoenmaker recently competed in the Great Canadian Sales Competition.

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Confidence Through the Case Method

Redeemer business professors Laurie Busuttil and Susan Van Weelden make their mark on the North American business landscape with best-selling course materials.

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The Not-for-Profit Leadership Gap

In the face of an increasingly complex not-for-profit landscape, Redeemer University College is offering a new Business program stream: Not-for-Profit Management.

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Leanna Petrusma named Co-op Student of the Year

Redeemer honoured Leanna Petrusma’s outstanding contributions in her co-op work terms, naming her the first Co-op Student of the Year Award winner.

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A Change of Course

After studying for a year at a public university, Julia DeWeerd '21 felt God calling her to transfer to Redeemer's Business program instead.

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Four Sisters, Four Alumni, Four Professions

Sisters and alumni — Elise, Maria, Carola and Loretta Vanderspek — have careers that span the professional sphere: an accountant, a lawyer, a doctor and a teacher.

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