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.
- OEL 501: Learning Community
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Explain how nonprofit management differs from both public and business sectors.
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and critique budgets, financial statements, federal and state reporting requirements, audit reports, marketing plans and strategic plans.
- Articulate the ethical dimensions of public service, especially as related to the duties and responsibilities of the director and the boards.
- Examine political, economic and ethical issues related to managing a nonprofit organization.
- Formulate communication strategies to build community and online presence for marketing and fundraising purposes;
- Evaluation reports on the strategic and marketing plans of nonprofit organizations; and
- 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
Discussions (12 Discussion Questions @ 25 points each/1 Discussion Question @ 50 points)
Critical Analysis Research Paper - Non Profit Purpose and Forms (200 points)
Critical Analysis Research Paper - Nonprofit Funding and Fundraising (200 points)
Interview with Nonprofit Leader (250 points)
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.
|Week||PLOs||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
Topic: An Introduction to the Nonprofit Organizations
Topics: Leadership in Nonprofits Organizations & Strategic Planning Processes and Practices
Topics: The Organization of Nonprofits & Diversity in Nonprofit Organizations
Topics: Law and Finance in Nonprofit Organizations
Topic: Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
Topics: Marketing, Branding and Communications in Nonprofit Organizations
Topics: Nonprofit Board and Volunteers
Topic: Ethical Issues in Nonprofit Management
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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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