• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities

Nonprofit Management


Ripon College offers a minor in nonprofit management. Business management students learn the skills they will need to succeed in this rapidly changing world: thinking critically, solving problems in creative new ways, communicating clearly and persuasively, and developing sets of values to guide their decisions. Ripon College has a tradition of student-community partnerships, and there are opportunities for real-world learning as part of team-based and live consulting projects with local businesses.

Nonprofit management will offer the study of the world of philanthropy including history and current practices, an introduction to the world of nonprofit organizations (their purposes, opportunities and challenges), and the application of business and entrepreneurial models to community problems and the needs of nonprofit organizations.

Program Spotlight


Zhang Fan

Fan Zhang

Assistant Professor of Business Management

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Lindsay Blumer

Lindsay Blumer

Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development, Instructor of Business Management

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Steven Sorenson

Adjunct Professor of Politics and Government

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Tom Keuler

Thomas Keuler

Instructor of Business Management, CPA

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Tom Hamami

Tom Hamami

Assistant Professor of Business Management

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Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Career Tracks

  • Executive director - similar to a CEO
  • Director of development - head of fund raising
  • Director of marketing/communications - more emphasis on public relations
  • Chief financial officer - grant disbursement and broad accounting functions
  • Program director - similar to a product manager
  • Human resources director - in larger organizations
  • Manager of special projects - for unique project work

Off-Campus Study


A head start on business experience is available to students through internships, with academic credit granted. Summer is the best time for these, but they also can be conducted during a semester. Recently, students have worked with a local health club, WKLH Radio, an art gallery, the Wisconsin State Fair, the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation, a local stockbroker, the Milwaukee Mustangs, the Ripon Revitalization Corporation, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and a limousine service in the Fox Valley. As an example, the limousine internship involved market research, development of new categories of limousine service and formulation of a business plan for the financing and future growth of the service.

Off-Campus Study

Business management majors are encouraged to broaden their education by participation in one of the international or domestic programs offered through the College. Incorporating a global perspective into one’s business studies is one of the wisest choices a college student can make, and study abroad for a semester or a year is an ideal way to do so. There are approved Ripon programs in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, Hungary, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Japan, India, the Czech Republic and Russia. Off-campus domestic programs can be another superb way to broaden one’s business education. Most notable among these are the Urban Studies semester in Chicago and the Washington, D.C., semester in economic policy.

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program; minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities


Enactus is a global non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious Enactus World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, Enactus leadership and career initiatives create opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent.organization.

Creative Enterprise Consultants

The Creative Enterprise Consultants offer services to existing businesses, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and not-for-profits.  Services include business planning, feasibility studies, marketing plans, financials and budgets, and market research – anything to assist with the business development process.