Master of Nonprofit Administration


Volunteers of America (VOA) and The University of Notre Dame's MNA Program have partnered for over six years on an Executive Development Program (EDP) for high potential employees. During the program, EDP participants spend close to two weeks on campus learning from MNA professors—a highlight of their two year program.

"The collaboration with the MNA program has been a blessing to Volunteers of America and its employees," says Nicole Jones, VOA's vice president of Affiliate Development. "Both organizations are faith-based and have a strong focus on improving the lives of those most vulnerable in our society. As a result, our employees receive top notch education from compassionate professors who understand and appreciate the important work that we do every day. Each EDP class has consistently raved that their MNA experience was the highlight not only of the program, but their entire career. They leave campus energized and ready to return to their home offices to implement new ideas that will positively impact those that we serve."

In an effort to expand the collaboration with Volunteers of America, the MNA program has offered a half-tuition scholarship opportunity to a Volunteers of America employee. The announcement of the scholarship received an enthusiastic response nationwide. After considering all of the applicants, Christie Holderegger was chosen as the first recipient. Ms. Holderegger has been with Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada since 1991 and is currently the vice president, chief development and communications officer. She also was a member of the Executive Development Program Inaugural Class and is very excited to return to campus to continue her learning.