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



Nonprofit management offers 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.

Students of the Nonprofit Management minor learn the skills they 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.

Program Spotlight


Zhang Fan

Fan Zhang

Assistant Professor 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

Professor of Economics

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20 credits. ECO 211 and 212, BSA 310, and eight credits from the following: PHL 202; PSC 110; SOC 110 or 201; CMM 215; BSA 110, 208, 223, 309 or 315. Up to four credits of internship could be used for this minor.


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.

Advising at Ripon.

Career Tracks

  • Recent graduates hold such titles as executive director, director of development-head of fundraising, director of marketing/communications, chief financial officer-grant disbursement and broad accounting functions, program director, human resources director and manager of special projects.

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 programs abroad. 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

  • 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 existing local businesses, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Services provide real-world learning in team-based and live consulting projects, including business planning, feasibility studies, marketing plans, financials and budgets, and market research.