This course focuses on the history, theories, skills, and practices of fundraising, including how fundraising emanates from the organizations’ strategic plan; how marketing has an impact on fundraising; the components of a successful fundraising campaign; fundraising ethics and legal issues; and the basic techniques of fundraising such as annual giving, grant writing, special events, and capital campaigns. (3 credits)
- OEL 501: Learning Community
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Explain the history of philanthropy and the philosophy of giving.
- Analyze the nature and dynamics of financial resource development for nonprofit organizations.
- Identify key ethical policies, procedures and best practices and their impact on financial resource development situations and decision-making in the nonprofit sector.
- Identify and articulate diversified financial resource development planning strategies, tactics and politics into operational decision-making for nonprofit organizations.
- Describe what current issues exist that push the financial management boundaries in nonprofit organizations' missions.
- Analyze and evaluate organizational values and vision/mission statements of nonprofit organizations.
- Explain the impact of the changing demographics on giving and philanthropy.
- Use fundraising, development, marketing and public relations, executive leadership, governance and public policy best practices and strategies to formulate, organize and design a strategic resource development plan for a nonprofit organization, including utilization of social media and professional networking sites.
- Formulate communication strategies to build community and online presence for marketing and fundraising purposes.
- Evaluate reports on the strategic and marketing plans of nonprofit organizations.
Applicable Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
- PLO 3. Develop professional communication skills.
- PLO 9. Develop strategies that support the advancement of organization's vision and mission.
- PLO 10. Apply various nonprofit fundraising principles and practices to accomplish the organization's financial goals.
- PLO 13. Conduct research utilizing online sources and databases and write research papers that analyze and synthesize information and data gathered.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion Questions (Non-Gradable): 1 Discussion Question @ 0 points each
Discussion Questions: 10 Discussion Questions @20 points each
Short Research Papers: 4 @ 100 points each
Application Papers: 2 @ 200 points each
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Shang, J and Adrian Sargeant (2017). Fundraising Principles and Practice. 2nd ed. Wiley Publishing. ISBN-13: 9781119196495
|Week||PLOs||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignments|
Introduction to Philanthrophy
Ethics in Nonprofits
The Importance of the Mission Statement
Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Theories of Communication
Fundraising & Course Wrap-up
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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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