Nonprofit Organizations

Professor of Economics Mike Robinson and Assistant Professor of Economics Steve SchmeiserTrack Chairs

The Nonprofit Organizations Nexus focuses on the study of organizational settings in the nonprofit sector. The word "nonprofit" refers to a type of business -- one which is organized under rules that forbid the distribution of profits to owners. The Internal Revenue Service describes nonprofit organizations as serving charitable, religious, scientific, or educational purposes. Not-for-profit organizations include global nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as Oxfam and Greenpeace as well as local community organizations such as the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Historic Northampton Museum. Students may pursue internships with nonprofit organizations to complete the experiential requirement for this Nexus track.