Case Western Reserve University Adopts New Nonprofit Management Training Model

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland has announced that, in partnership with the Mandel Foundation, it is shuttering the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations while expanding and elevating opportunities for those committed to creating positive social impact.

After a year-long review and discussions among university and foundation leaders, CWRU and the foundation decided to adopt an approach to leadership education that reflects changes within the nonprofit field as well as broader opportunities within the private and public sectors. With significant advice and encouragement from Morton L. Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Mandel Foundation, and the foundation's president, Jehuda Reinharz, CWRU officials have decided to launch academic tracks for nonprofit leaders within its existing MBA and executive MBA programs at the Weatherhead School of Management. In addition, the university will create a certificate program in social service management at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSAAS).

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the graduate program, one of the first in the nation to focus on nonprofit management when it launched in 1984, did not accept students last fall after attracting, amid growing competition from more affordable programs, only seven full-time students the previous year.

MSAAS will move several of its academic programs to the building that houses the Mandel Center, which will be renamed the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center. By consolidating multiple programs under one roof, the university hopes to catalyze innovations in research, education, and public policy.

"Over the past decade, universities around the world have seen dramatic increases in the proportion of people eager to contribute through nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship, and government," said CWRU president Barbara R. Snyder. "[The university's new] approach encourages students to acquire the skills required to influence practice, policy, and even economic incentives in a manner that benefits others."