Nonprofit Financial Sustainability
Sustainability is a hot topic in nonprofit administration. Most of the literature and practitioner’s interpretation of nonprofit sustainability revolves around ‘financial’ sustainability. One of our well-known MNA alumni, Jeanne Bell, has written some popular books on Nonprofit Sustainability to develop executive and organizational sustainability mindsets while making strategic decisions for financial viability. Indeed and as we often say in the nonprofit sector, without money, there is no mission.
SDGs and Agenda 2030
But the work that nonprofits (NPOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are doing in the field of sustainability exceeds these concerns. They share a global concerns for a sustainable, equitable, healthy, peaceful, just and collaborative future for all. Since 2015, these preoccupations and promises have been incorporated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030. The MNA Program at University of San Francisco has placed its values into action by strategically integrating sustainability education in its nonprofit management and leadership program.
Integrated Ps for Sustainability
The integrated sustainability competencies and mindsets reflect the principles and practices of the SDGs and the Triple Bottom Line for shared value creation. The sustainability education of the MNA program goes beyond profit and financial concerns and delves into the promotion of social and community values (people) , for green solutions and nature preservations (planet), for green business solutions and social / environmental performance (prosperity). We also explore the human rights approaches and rule of law / policy applications as in the SDG 16 (peace) and for the promotion of multi-sector and cross-sector partnerships and collaborations as in SDG 17 (partnerships). Building on our Jesuit values and social justice tradition embedded in catholic social thinking (CST) we also emphasize the principles of sustainability in Laudato Si along the principles of subsidiarity, solidarity and synchronicity (principles). Finally, because of our emphasis on businesses and organizational practices as in the School of Management we also reflect on practical solutions, standardized sustainability impact reporting and feasible innovations (practices).
Dr. Alfredo Sfeir Younis
The MNA Program began its sustainability integration journey in October 2015 with the SDG Symposium reflecting on the role of governments (public sector), businesses (private sector) and civil society (nonprofit sector). We were honored by the presence of Dr. Alfredo Sfeir Younis, a well-known sustainability leader, President of Zambuling Institute for Social Transformation and Former Director of the World Bank Office in Geneva. As the first expert economist on the environment hired by the World Bank in 1976 he contributed to numerous sustainability milestones at the United Nations.Through a series of video expert interviews on various subjects, Dr. Alfredo Sfeir Younis, has collaborated with Dr. Marco Tavanti to advance the student’s knowledge on international and sustainable development topics.
MNA Sustainability Programs
Throughout these years, the MNA has invested in sustainability education by integrating NPA 661 in the nonprofit curriculum and expending the education and training for the SDGs, sustainability reporting in the GRI, and the the role that nonprofit and academic institutions like University of San Francisco have to promote a sustainable future. We are grateful to many of our partners and collaborators like the Sustainable Capacity Institute (SCII), the Centre for Sustainability Excellence (CSE) and the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), Higher Education for Sustainability Initiative (HESI), the University Office of Sustainability (USFCA) for their support and contributions to the sustainability agenda of the MNA program.
MNA changes the world – sustainably and for the better
In the NPA 661: Sustainable Development Leadership – Sustainability Reporting Capacity graduate course, students provides comparative analyses of Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI-CSR) reporting and produce concrete feasible projects for the University of San Francisco to increase its sustainability performance in its curriculum, operations, research, and engagement.