Innovation in Philanthropy

With more than 1.5 million registered charities in the US alone (double the number a decade ago), philanthropy professionals with an advanced degree are highly sought after to lead the nation’s most prestigious organizations.

The Philanthropy and Development Program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota remains one of the most unique and innovative Master’s programs in the country. The program is designed for experienced philanthropy professionals, who shaped by their ethical values, embrace the opportunity to become agents of change. Coursework will prepare the student for a senior leadership position in any nonprofit organization.

The curriculum focuses on the transformational role a philanthropy professional plays in today’s society by utilizing innovative and ethical fundraising strategies.  Saint Mary’s is one of the only programs in North America to focus on donor-centered communication as it relates to stewardship and donor engagement. 

Upon graduation, students become a member of an alumni society that includes some of the industry’s leading experts in the field of philanthropy. Hundreds of today's top-earning fundraisers in the United States and Canada launched their careers at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. They hold senior leadership positions at prestigious institutions including Johns Hopkins University, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Management, Habitat for Humanity, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, California State University, the Anchorage Museum, the Nature Conservancy, the Mayo Clinic, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas, The Salvation Army, Texas A&M Foundation, and Children's Health Foundation.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program follows a per-credit structure. Because of the unique residency format of the program, a room and board fee applies. The fee includes a room with a private bath, all meals, a welcome and closing banquet and access to university services.

Scholarship Opportunities

Saint Mary’s is pleased to offer four scholarship opportunities available only to students studying in the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program.  All scholarship applicants must complete the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development Common Scholarship Form to be considered for one of these scholarships.  Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2018.

Scholarship Application (pdf)

This is an endowed scholarship established through the generosity of alumni of the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Admitted to the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary's
  • Demonstrated financial need
Awards
  • One or more annual awards may be made
  • The annual award amount will be determined in accordance with the applied endowment income distribution policy in effect at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Selection
  • An internal committee will select the recipient(s)
  • Deadline for application is May 1 prior to the summer session
Scholarship Renewal
  • The scholarship is not automatically renewed—an annual application is required
  • Students applying for scholarship renewal must be making satisfactory academic progress in the program (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • To apply for the Philanthropy and Development Alumni Scholarship, please use the common scholarship application provided above

If you receive scholarship money, we will provide your name and contact information to our Development Office so they can share this information with the donor.

(Formerly the Metanoia Scholarship)

This award was established by Tim Burchill, founding president of The Metanoia Group. The Metanoia Group, founded in 1989, provided service to nonprofit organizations, mainly those with a religious affiliation. These services included consulting across a broad spectrum of activities, including development, strategic planning, fundraising, mission and vision development, and public relations.

Tim Burchill created this need-based scholarship to encourage graduate students to pursue an advanced degree in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary's. Tim co-founded the Master of Arts program in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary's and taught in the program from its inception until the time of his death in February 2007. The scholarship was renamed in Tim's honor and memory upon his death. The scholarship currently awards nearly $7,000 annually to one or more graduate students.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Admitted to the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary's
  • Demonstrated financial need
Awards
  • One or more annual awards may be made
  • The annual award amount will be determined in accordance with the applied endowment income distribution policy in effect at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Selection
  • An internal committee will select the recipient(s)
  • Deadline for application is May 1 prior to the summer session
Scholarship Renewal
  • The scholarship is not automatically renewed—an annual application is required
  • Students applying for scholarship renewal must be making satisfactory academic progress in the program (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • To apply for the Tim Burchill Scholarship, please use the common scholarship application provided above

If you receive scholarship money, we will provide your name and contact information to our Development Office so they can share this information with the donor.

Walter and Mary Ann Riebenack, parents of a program alumnus, funded this endowed scholarship to benefit students in the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary's.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Admitted to the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary’s
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preferences (in order of priority)
    • Current resident of New York City
    • Someone who attended both elementary school and secondary school in New York City
    • Resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana
    • Other qualified student
Awards
  • One or more annual awards may be made
Selection
  • An internal committee will select the recipient(s)
  • Deadline for application is May 1 prior to the summer session
Scholarship Renewal
  • The scholarship is not automatically renewed—an annual application is required
  • Students applying for scholarship renewal must be making satisfactory academic progress in the program (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • To apply for the F. Walter and Mary Ann Riebenack Scholarship, please use the common scholarship application provided above

If you receive scholarship money we will provide your name and contact information to our Development Office so they can share this information with the donor.

Walter and Mary Ann Riebenack, parents of a program alumnus, funded this endowed scholarship to benefit students in the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary's.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
  • Admitted to the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary’s
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preferences (in order of priority)
    • Current resident of New York City
    • Someone who attended both elementary school and secondary school in New York City
    • Resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana
    • Other qualified student
AWARDS
  • One or more annual awards may be made
SELECTION
  • An internal committee will select the recipient(s)
  • Deadline for application is May 1 prior to the summer session
SCHOLARSHIP RENEWAL
  • The scholarship is not automatically renewed—an annual application is required
  • Students applying for scholarship renewal must be making satisfactory academic progress in the program (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • To apply for the F. Walter and Mary Ann Riebenack Scholarship, please use the common scholarship application provided above

If you receive scholarship money we will provide your name and contact information to our Development Office so they can share this information with the donor.

From Start to Finish

The program is offered both on-line and through a two-week summer residency in Winona, Minnesota.  Students begin their coursework in the first summer, continue with online instruction during the fall and spring and return to Winona for two weeks the second summer to complete the program; all within four semesters. 
 

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Locations

This program is offered at our Winona location.

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Nicole Coppersmith, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Senior Enrollment and Transfer Counselor

Oakdale Center, OC

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4561

ncoppers@smumn.edu

Nicole Coppersmith M.A.
Carlie Derouin

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor, Graduate School of Business and Technology

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5198

cderouin@smumn.edu

Carlie Derouin
Cheryl Pray, M.A.

Executive Director, Philanthropy and Development Program

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP118

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5137

cpray@smumn.edu

Cheryl Pray M.A.
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