MNA Engagement


MNA Program Engagement

The MNA Program is not just a master’s degree. It is your vehicle to express your engagement and channel your contributions to change the world and make our communities better – more equitable, inclusive, sustainable and beneficial for all. Nonprofit professionals, alumni and leaders who care about our societies recognize the importance of supporting young leaders and young professionals to become agents of change for social impact and social innovation in our communities. Here are four ways your can connect, engage and take part in this shared challenge. This is also the core mission of the MNA Program: “to develop effective nonprofit leaders for the challenges of the 21st Century.” You can mentor a current MNA student, support a student’s tuition with a scholarship, teach a nonprofit lesson or MNA course, and/or advise the program in the MNA-AB. Click on the buttons below for more information. Thank you!

To engage with these possibilities but also to ask a question or suggest other ways to contribute to the mission of the MNA Program feel free to send us an email  

Nonprofit Sector Engagement

We know how essential is to network for any career developments. For the nonprofit sector engagement is not just about networking and it is not just about careers. It is about establishing sustainable initiatives, innovative solutions, and socially impactful programs. We would not be able to do so without the support, collaboration and cross-sector leadership of many stakeholders who share the same concern to ‘change the world‘ and support ‘inclusive communities‘. The MNA Program, in addition to career related events and connections with key leaders and alumni, offers the opportunity to ‘get your foot on the door’ of key organizations and fields. The MNA program does so through curricula embedded practical activities consulting with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises who shared the same passion for  better organizations and societies. It does so also through co-curricula activities like the many conferences, events and connections that the San Francisco and Bay Area provides. The complexity of social problems require integrated solutions implemented by social change leaders equipped with the right tools for engaging across sectors, nations and diverse perspectives. Our values for human dignity, quality of life and community sustainability reflect also our competencies and connections with the social sector. The following is a partial list of preferred organizations and initiatives we often refer to in our programs and we hope they can be useful to you to further your engagement.

Nonprofit Associations

Nonprofit Resource Centers

Nonprofit Essential Readings 

United Nations Relevant Programs

San Francisco Bay Area Community Resources

The following are resources selected from our friends at the Foundation Center. They provide various opportunities for MNA our students and alumni to connect, engage and network.

The Foundation Center has merged with GuideStar to form Candid. Read more here

Foundation Center West – San Francisco

312 Sutter Street, Suite 606
San Francisco, CA 94108-4314
Tel: (415) 397-0902

Service Organizations and Associations

Association of Fundraising Professionals
 Golden Gate Chapter
3871 Piedmont Ave. PMB 24
Oakland, CA 94611
Tel: (415) 404-6501

Professional association for fundraising executives offering continuing professional education, career development, a mentoring program, a newsletter, and Fund Raising Days.

California Association of Nonprofits 
400 Montgomery Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (800) 776-4226
Fax: (866) 731-1672

The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.

Development Executives Roundtable

Development Executives Roundtable (DER) is an educational and collegial resource for Bay Area fundraisers – professional, volunteer, and potentials alike – for over 35 years. Lunchtime meetings held on the second Friday of every month (with rare exceptions).

Grant Professionals Association (GPA)

Since its inception in 1998, GPA has grown rapidly. With over 1,800 current members internationally, the opportunities and benefits of membership continue to attract people from all over the globe.

Harvard Business School Community Partners
Tel: (650) 799-9365

HBS Community Partners offers Bay Area nonprofits the opportunity to have pro bono consulting and advisory services by Harvard Business School alumni who wish to channel their business management skills to create positive social impact.

Net Impact

Net Impact’s Service Corps volunteers partner with nonprofits on short-term, part-time consulting projects related to finance, marketing, new program development, business planning, fundraising, and strategic planning.

Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 777-4111
Fax: (415) 777-1714

Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) is an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other private grantmakers. NCG’s work is focused in two broad arenas: enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy, and strengthening the ties between philanthropy and it many stakeholders in nonprofit organizations, government, business, media, academia, and the public at large.

Stanford Alumni Consulting Team
Stanford Graduate School of Business
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305
Tel: (650) 736-1956
Fax: (650) 723-5151

The Stanford Alumni Consulting Team provides pro bono consulting expertise in a wide range of areas, including strategic planning, marketing, earned revenue, financial sustainability, and organizational growth.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-San Francisco Bay Area
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-San Francisco Bay Area (YNPN-sfba) promotes an efficient, viable, and inclusive nonprofit sector that supports the growth, learning, and development of young professionals.

Consulting, Training, and Resources

(Also check with area colleges and universities and their continuing education centers for additional opportunities.)

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Golden Gate Chapter

Web site provides a directory of consultants.

Center for Nonprofit Management Southern California
1000 N. Alameda Street, Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: (213) 687-9511
Fax: (213) 687-7159

The Center for Nonprofit Management offers seminars on issues related to nonprofit management.

Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin
65 Mitchell Blvd., Ste. 101
San Rafael, CA 94903
Tel: (415) 479-5710
Fax: (415) 479-9878

Offers a series of workshops and trainings, affinity groups, a resource library, and a referral service for volunteers to the Marin nonprofit and volunteer community.

Oakland Office and Convening Space
500 12th Street, Suite 320
Oakland, CA 94607
Tel: (510) 318-3755
Fax: (415) 541-7708

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a nonprofit consulting and training organization. They provide nonprofits with the management tools and concepts necessary to best serve their communities.

Consulting Within Reach
2570 N. 1st Street, Suite 251
San Jose, CA 95131
Tel: (408) 916-3734

Consulting Within Reach provides consulting to nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and beyond. We are a White House award winning firm with services in strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, database, and web.

1050 North Gate Drive, Suite 550
San Rafael, CA 94903
Tel: (415) 924-9977

iReuse is a service in the Bay Area helping nonprofits, schools, and other organizations get the stuff they need. All you need to do is create your wish list on iReuse’s web siteand get automatically matched up with local businesses and residents who are donating items which meet your needs.

Mary’s List

Mary’s List was created by Mary Gregory, a program officer at Pacific Foundation Services, as a way for non-profits to connect with qualified consultants and for consultants to connect with each other.

The Impact Foundry
4700 Roseville Road, Suite 211
North Highlands, CA 95660
Tel: (916) 569-8555
Fax: (888) 550-6772

The mission of the Impact Foundry is to enhance the resources and improve the management of nonprofit organizations, primarily within California’s northern Central Valley and Sierra Nevada regions.

The Taproot Foundation
466 Geary Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 359-0226

The Taproot Foundation is a leading nonprofit marketing and technology consulting firm. The foundation’s work is offered pro bono in a competitive grantmaking process.

Volunteer Center of the East Bay
700 Ygnacio Valley Rd. #140
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Tel: (925) 472-5760
Tel: (510) 232-0163
Fax: (925) 472-5780

The Volunteer Center operates with the mission of linking people who care with people in need.

Volunteer Center of San Francisco
1675 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Tel: (415) 982-8999
Fax: (415) 982-0890

Volunteer Center serves as a clearinghouse of volunteer information for San Francisco nonprofit organizations, individuals, city agencies, and other civic groups.

Legal Services

California Lawyers for the Arts
San Francisco Office
Fort Mason Center, C-255
San Francisco, CA 94123
Tel: (415) 775-7200
Fax: (415) 775-1143

Service organization which provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations.

The Bar Association of San Francisco
Justice & Diversity Center
Community Organization Representation Project (CORP)
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: (415) 982-1600
Email: CORP

The Community Organization Representation Project (CORP) is a project of the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (formerly Volunteer Legal Services Program). They provide pro bono legal assistance to nonprofit organizations that directly serve low-income and underserved communities in Northern California. CORP can help with a variety of legal matters such as employment, corporate, contract, real estate, tax, and intellectual property.

Loans, Meeting Space, Real Estate, and Renovation

Arts Loan Fund

The Arts Loan Fund (ALF), managed by Northern California Grantmakers, has loaned over $19 million in the past thirty years as a way to boost the sustainability and growth of non-profit art and cultural organizations.

Community Conference Space
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Mountain View Headquarters
Tel: (650) 450-5400
San Mateo Conference Center
Tel: (650) 458-2660

Silicon Valley Community Foundation provides free community meeting space for nonprofit organizations located in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Organizations can use the state-of-the art facilities to host meetings, trainings, informal gatherings or retreats.

Dancing Deer Farm
The Center for Reuniting Families
2975 Vineyard Drive
Templeton, CA 93465
Tel: (805) 434-3200

The Center for Reuniting Families (CRF) at Dancing Deer Farm is a nonprofit education center and organic farm on California’s central coast. CRF provides a venue, at no cost on weekdays, to other nonprofits with goals and mandates compatible with theirs.

Impact Hub
2150 Allston Way, Suite 400
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: (510) 649-7700
San Francisco
901 Mission Street, Suite 105
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415) 624-5881
2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (510) 858-2323

Hub spaces range from stimulating, collision-rich café and hot-desking environments that support innovation, to quiet areas that foster focused concentration, to places where members work the phones for hours pushing their ideas forward. Hubs also feature event spaces for large and small film screenings, art openings, and presentations.

MCF Loan Fund
5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200
Novato, CA 94949

The Marin Community Foundation (MCF) Loan Fund provides financing options to nonprofits that may not be able to access or afford traditional commercial debt.

Miramar Farms
Tel: (650) 265-2100, ext. 103

Metta Fund works with communities to improve health for all in San Francisco. Metta Fund offers their community room as a free resource to local nonprofits. The room accommodates up to 40 people and is available weekdays 8:00 am-5:30 pm.

Metta Fund Community Room
850 Battery Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111

Miramar Farms provides a venue space for tech companies, and for non-profits as well, including donating our space to four nonprofits a year.

Nonprofit Finance Fund
760 Market Street, Suite 333
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 255-4849
Fax: (415) 576-1090

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) provides loans, workshops, and planning assistance to help nonprofit organizations grow and thrive as businesses while honoring their mission.

Northern California Community Loan Fund 
870 Market Street, Suite 677
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 392-8215
Fax: (415) 392-8216

The Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) is a nonprofit lender dedicated to strengthening the economic base of low-income communities in northern California.

Rebuilding Together San Francisco
Pier 28
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 905-1611 ext.205
Fax: (415) 905-1610

Rebuilding Together San Francisco provides free renovations for San Francisco based nonprofits and community service facilities, as part of its Rebuilding Weekend program on the last weekend of April. Rebuilding Together San Francisco is a nonprofit organization that brings together volunteer teams to provide repair and renovation work for low-income homeowners, non-profits, and community centers. The type of work completed includes (but is not limited to): interior painting, minor plumbing, electrical, landscaping, carpentry, safety modifications, etc.

Academic Programs

California State University East Bay
Extended and Continuing Education Courses
Warren Hall (WA) 851
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
Tel: (510) 730-2784
Fax: (510) 885-4817

Offers a Nonprofit certificate and credit through Masters in Public Administration Program

Mills College
Office of Graduate Admission
 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613
Tel: (510) 430-3309
Fax: (510) 430-2159

Offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Business Administration (MBA) with option of concentration in nonprofit management, Joint MPP/MBA, and Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership. All graduate programs at Mills are co-ed.

Online Colleges
Scholarships and Financial Aid

An online directory of scholarship opportunities and financial aid for California students.

San Francisco State University
Department of Public Administration
 1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Tel: (415) 338-2030

Offers a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and, in conjunction with the College of Extended Learning, a basic certificate in Nonprofit Management and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Strategic Management.

San José State University
Professional Development Certificate Programs
Lundy Avenue Professional Development Center
2160 Lundy Avenue, Suite 250
San José, California 95131-1862
Tel: (408) 519-1275

Nonprofit Management Certificate program.

Stanford University
Graduate School of Business
518 Memorial Way
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-5015
Tel: (650) 725-5399

Offers a Public Management Program.

University of California at Berkeley
Haas School of Business
545 Student Services #1900
Berkeley, CA 94720-1900
Tel: (510) 643-7668.

MBA Nonprofit and Public Management Program.

University of San Francisco
School of Management
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Tel: (415) 422-6571

Master of Nonprofit Administration.

Computer Technology

TechSoup Global
435 Brannan Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tel: (415) 512-7784
Fax: (415) 512-9629

TechSoup Global helps nonprofits globally get and use technology to heighten their impact. Through its web sites, events, and community-building initiatives, TechSoup Global also helps companies and foundations optimize their philanthropic impact.

Employment Resources

  • Philanthropy News Digest
    Provides job postings for foundations, grantmaking public charities, corporate grantmakers, and other nonprofit organizations. Job postings cover the nation with many from California.
  • Bay Area Career Center 
    BACC offers counseling, coaching, workshops, networking events, and job clubs. Currently open by appointment only.
  • Craigslist 
    Provides job postings for nonprofits in the Bay Area and in other metropolitan areas as well.
  • Idealist
    Posts job and intership listings on national and international basis.
  • Jewish Vocational Services
    Provides job training programs, job placement assistance, job retention services, career and employment counseling, a Technology Access Center to utilize computers and office equipment, career-related workshops, and computer workshops and classes. Also offers online job listings, resume posting, and online job matching.
  • Northern California Grantmakers 
    Recent job openings announced by member grantmakers, and updated monthly.
    Carries extensive nonprofit job listings for administrative, staff and professional positions on a local and national level.
  • Young Nonprofits Professional Network-San Francisco Bay Area Career Center 
    This searchable databases allows for easy access to Bay Area job postings.

Resources for Artists and Nonprofit Arts Organizations

  • Artists House Music
    Artists House Music is a nonprofit web site where all musicians can receive informational support, guidance, and expert resources to help them navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities available to them within the music industry.
  • Bay Area Performing Arts Spaces
    Bay Area Performing Arts Spaces is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, searchable database of performing arts venues and facilities in the greater Bay Area for classes, workshops, auditions, rehearsals and even performances.
  • Bay Area Video Coalition
    Provides fiscal sponsorship to independent artists/producers who meet their requirements.
  • California Arts Council
    Helps independent local groups develop their own arts programs. Promotes employment of artists and those skilled in crafts in the public and private sector. Provides for exhibition of artworks in public buildings throughout California; and enlists the aid of all state agencies in the task of ensuring the fullest expression of our artistic potential.
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
    Service organization which provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations.
  • Grants for the Arts
    Established through a combination of City and State legislation, and approved by the City’s Board of Supervisors, Grants for the Arts has a policy of supporting an arts organization’s general operating expenses. Its foremost goal is to be a stable, dependable base of support for organizations that continue to meet the funding criteria.
  • San Francisco Arts Commission
    City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco.
  • San Francisco Film Society
    The Film Society brings together international and Bay Area filmgoers and filmmakers through engaged and responsive audience interaction, creating a positive impact on the city’s community and cultural life.
  • Theatre Bay Area
    Theatre Bay Area’s (TBA) mission is to unite, strengthen and promote theatre in the region by providing communication networks and opportunities and creating resources for theatre companies, theatre workers, and theatre lovers. TBA serves as a liaison between the theatre community and government, business and others who benefit from a healthy and thriving theatre community.

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