Tertiary education


UNSW Australia; Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Western Australia

Centre for Social Impact

For established and emerging leaders of social change, the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact has a uniquely comprehensive curriculum based on systems thinking and social design principles. CSI teachers are widely regarded as some of the leading lights in social impact, social investment, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and social innovation.

Students taking the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact gain rich theoretical and real world case study knowledge that is directly applicable to leading meaningful and sustained cross-sectoral social change in Australia.

The Centre for Social Impact offers two MBA (Social Impact) programs:

UNSW Australia: CSI is proud to be partnering with AGSM @ UNSW Business School on the MBA (Social Impact). Students of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (GCSI) can articulate into the MBA (Social Impact) as the course draws on the GCSI courses for the social impact specialisation.

UWA: Students of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (GCSI) can articulate into the MBA (Social Impact) as part of the MBA Flexible. The course draws on the GCSI courses for the social impact specialisation.

All MBA (Social Impact) courses are ANZSOG approved as electives within their EMPA (Exec. Master of Public Administration).

Students of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at Swinburne can take their studies to the Masters level by seamlessly joining a pathway to a Master of Social Impact.

CSI also offers undergraduate subjects at UNSW Australia (Creating Social Change: From Innovation to Impact) and The University of Western Australia  (Changing the World: Social Innovation, Finance and Enterprise).

Queensland University of Technology

Centre of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies

  • Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)
  • Graduate Diploma in Business (Research) (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)
  • Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)
  • Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)

If you work with or for a philanthropic or not-for-profit organisation, or if you have an interest in working in this growing and important sector of the economy, a QUT course is your entry point to a specialist education that you can tailor to your particular interests.

All philanthropy courses are delivered in Brisbane, with flexible delivery options for students outside Brisbane.

Swinburne University of Technology

Centre for Social Impact Swinburne (CSI Swinburne)

Swinburne University of Technology is a pioneer in the delivery of education focused on the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors, offering courses from Graduate Certificate to PhD level.

The courses are designed for high-performing students seeking to build skills and advance their careers in the growing field of social impact. Whether working in the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors in managerial roles, the private sector in corporate social responsibility, or government in a policy-making capacity, the courses enable students to acquire the core capabilities required to lead people effectively in a rapidly changing social economy environment. Both the Graduate Certificate of Social Impact and the Master of Social Impact include a core unit focusing specifically on Social Investment and Philanthropy, with the opportunity to gain further specialist and practical knowledge through the Strategic Philanthropy unit offered as part of the Master of Social Impact. Other units focus on social entrepreneurship and leadership, evaluation and impact measurement and corporate social responsibility.

Curtin University

This multidisciplinary research unit is an area of research within the Curtin Business School.

The unit exists to conduct academic and contract research in the area of governance and corporate social responsibility, with a particular focus on the development of leadership and management practice. Please contact Curtin University for more information about becoming a research scholar.

Madison Down Under

Madison Down Under (MDU) is Australia's only professional development program designed specifically for experienced fundraisers. MDU offers cost-effective, practical training to help delegates to reach their fundraising targets and progress their career. MDU has been developed with the American Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and is based on the Madison Program conducted at the University of Wisconsin. 


USA & Canada

Indiana University

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Johns Hopkins University

Center for Civil Society Studies 

The International Fellows in Philanthropy Program provides an opportunity for individuals who are involved in studying or managing private, not-for-profit, or philanthropic organisations outside the United States, or who serve as government or corporate liaisons to the not-for-profit sector. Positions in the program are available at senior and junior levels of appointment.

The program also sponsors a fellows' conference in a host country every year, to encourage continuing exchanges between fellows, and to help broaden understanding of this sector at the international level.

City University of New York

Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

The Senior International Fellows Program provides an opportunity for the professional development of Third-Sector practitioners from outside the United States who are decision-makers in their professions. The program is designed to help build Third-Sector capacity in the fellows' home countries.

Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where they attend weekly seminars, explore the work of key agencies and foundations, meet with not-for-profit representatives, and study U.S. and international community foundation models.

Indiana University

Center on Philanthropy

The Center on Philanthropy is a leading academic institution that promotes the understanding of philanthropy and improves its practice through teaching, research, public service and public affairs activities throughout the world.

Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Education

Harvard Business School

Social Enterprise Initiative

  • MBA including Leadership and Corporate Accountability

The mission of the Social Enterprise Initiative's MBA program is to develop outstanding business leaders who contribute to the wellbeing of society.

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Center for Social Innovation

The Center for Social Innovation's educational programs help current and future leaders be more effective in their efforts to improve society. The Center has developed a series of intensive Executive Education Programs that are specifically designed to enhance the effectiveness of not-for-profit and philanthropic leaders, while also offering courses for MBA students.

Stanford University

​A ten-day residential program designed to further the professional development of leaders in the nonprofit sector. Drawing on leading-edge research and the teachings of Stanford faculty, this program integrates conceptual knowledge with individual experiences to support participants in their impact on the nonprofit sector.


Northwestern University

School of Continuing Studies

The program is designed for those seeking to advance their careers in fundraising and non-profit administration through a combination of hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge, taught by practitioners in the field from major non-profit institutions, research universities and consulting firms.

NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies

George H. Heyman Jr., Center for Philanthropy and Funding

The NYU-SCPS George H. Heyman, Jr., Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising offers a master's degree program, non-credit certificate programs, and a host of non-credit courses to help meet the non-profit sector's demand for highly trained, creative professionals.

The Masters in Fundraising and Grantmaking provides advanced opportunities for professional growth and training through an in-depth exploration of the legal, financial, ethical, psychological, and historical aspects of giving. Professional certificate programs examine timely subjects ranging from global philanthropy to ethics and governance in the non-profit sector.

The Heyman Center's online and onsite non-credit course offerings help current and aspiring philanthropists and fundraisers to heighten their impact and to maximize efficiency through a diverse curriculum that provides practical, applicable knowledge and offers outstanding networking opportunities.

Georgetown University

Center for Public and Non-Profit Leadership

The Non-profit Management Executive Certificate is designed to strengthen the leadership and management capacity of individuals working in or with non-profit organisations. It gives participants the skills necessary to respond to the complex challenges and opportunities facing their organisations and communities.

Designed as an experiential leadership lab, the course provides a stimulating and supportive climate for exploring the pressing issues facing current and future non-profit leaders.

University of Richmond

Institute on Philanthropy

The Institute on Philanthropy (IOP) strengthens the community by educating non-profit professionals, volunteers, donors and community leaders in ethical and effective fundraising, marketing and board development strategies. IOP offers several program areas for non-profit staff, managers and board members.

RICE University

Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership

The Center for Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership provides access to the highest quality of educational resources for non-profit professionals and volunteers.

Programs are designed to improve the capacity of non-profits to provide services and to advance the practice and impact of philanthropy. Find out more about the various courses available here.

Loyola University

School of Social Work

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Philanthropy provides an in-depth understanding of the underlying theory, practice and public policy issues surrounding the field of philanthropy and the non-profit sector.

Carleton University

The Master of Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership prepares graduates to be innovators and leaders in charities, non-profits, advocacy organizations, social enterprises, philanthropic foundations, development offices, and in the governments, financial institutions and businesses that interact with them.

The Graduate Diploma in Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership enables working professionals to upgrade their knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the complex and rapidly changing world of philanthropy and leadership.


United Kingdom

Cass Business School

Centre for Charity Effectiveness

The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School is the leading non-profit and philanthropy centre in the UK. It has significantly enhanced the performance of hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals across the non-profit sector via its masters and development programs.

University of Kent

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, Centre for Philanthropy

The University of Kent offers a Masters level module as a stand-alone course for people working in the local charity sector.

The MA Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies is designed for well-qualified, reflective, curious and profoundly motivated students who wish to gain knowledge of, and the ability to critically analyse, the role that civil society organisations do and should play in political, social and economic life.

University of Wolverhampton

This course provides the opportunity for existing practitioners in the voluntary and public sectors, or those seeking a career in these sectors, to understand welfare reform. It provides opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of the sectors in a rapidly changing political and economic climate.

University of Birmingham

The MPA will help you develop the qualities required for advancement in a public service career. It will provide you with a rigorous understanding of the key concepts and issues underpinning the practice of public administration internationally, along with the ability to critically analyse policies, structures and systems of public administration.

The program is ideal for candidates wishing to pursue careers in public policy or strategic management in government organisations or public agencies at local, regional, national or international levels.

University Lampeter Wales

This course is designed for people who want to develop and improve their knowledge and work in the not-for-profit, non-governmental, non-profit, third, community and voluntary sector.

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