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OEL 553: Nonprofit Management (Graduate Level)

Course Description

This course is designed to allow students to gain competencies necessary to manage nonprofit organizations. This course focuses on current issues, theoretical perspectives, federal and state regulations and reporting requirements, policies, and methods in the development and management of a nonprofit organization. The course places additional emphasis on strategic planning, marketing, identifying financial resources (grants, fundraising, etc.), management of finances (making operational and capital budgeting decisions) and human resources - that includes volunteers, information technology and the skills necessary for effective organizational leadership.

Prerequisite

  • OEL 501: Learning Community

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Explain how nonprofit management differs from both public and business sectors.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and critique budgets, financial statements, federal and state reporting requirements, audit reports, marketing plans and strategic plans.
  3. Articulate the ethical dimensions of public service, especially as related to the duties and responsibilities of the director and the boards.
  4. Examine political, economic and ethical issues related to managing a nonprofit organization.
  5. Formulate communication strategies to build community and online presence for marketing and fundraising purposes;
  6. Evaluation reports on the strategic and marketing plans of nonprofit organizations; and
  7. Demonstrate use of metrics in performance and program evaluation.

Applicable Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

3. Develop professional communication skills.
5. Construct organizational leadership strategies.
9. Develop strategies that support the advancement of organization's vision and mission.
10. Apply various nonprofit fundraising principles and practices to accomplish the organization's financial goals.
11. Formulate change strategies that supports a continual changing landscape for nonprofit Organizations.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Points

Discussions (12 Discussion Questions @ 25 points each/1 Discussion Question @ 50 points)

350

Critical Analysis Research Paper - Non Profit Purpose and Forms (200 points)

200

Critical Analysis Research Paper - Nonprofit Funding and Fundraising (200 points)

200

Interview with Nonprofit Leader (250 points)

250

Total Points

1,000

Required Textbooks

Available through our online bookstore

  • Heyman, D.R. Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete Guide for Leaders and Professionals. Joss Bass, Inc. Publishing, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0470285961
    Note: This textbook is also used in OEL 554: Nonprofit Resource Development and Fundraising.

Supplemental Required Readings / Resources

  • Links to the supplemental readings and articles are provided in the course shells.

Course Schedule

WeekPLOsSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

11

1,4

Topic: An Introduction to the Nonprofit Organizations

  • Readings:
    • Heyman Text, Chapter 1-2
    • DiMaggio, P.J. & Anheier, H.K. (1990). The Sociology of Nonprofit Organizations and Sector. Annual Review of Sociology. 16:137-159.
    • Salamon, L.A. (2012). “The Resilient Sector: The Future of the Nonprofit America” in The State of Nonprofit America. Brookings Institution Press: Washington, DC.
  • Read assigned articles
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

2

9,10,11

1,2,6

Topics: Leadership in Nonprofits Organizations & Strategic Planning Processes and Practices

  • Read assigned articles
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in Group Chat

3

5,11

1,4,7

Topics: The Organization of Nonprofits & Diversity in Nonprofit Organizations

  • Read assigned articles
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch video
  • Critical Analysis Research Paper - Nonprofit Purpose and Form Due

4

9,10,11

1,2

Topics: Law and Finance in Nonprofit Organizations

  • Read assigned articles
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in Group Chat

5

3,11

1,5

Topic: Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

  • Read assigned articles and chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch Video
  • Critical Analysis Research Paper - Nonprofit Funding and Fundraising Due

6

9,11

5,6

Topics: Marketing, Branding and Communications in Nonprofit Organizations

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the
  • Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Watch Video
  • Participate in Group Chat

7

5,11

3,4

Topics: Nonprofit Board and Volunteers

  • Read assigned article and chapters
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in Group Chat

8

3,5,9-11

3,4

Topic: Ethical Issues in Nonprofit Management

  • Read assigned projects
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Interview with Nonprofit Leader Research Project Due
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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