This course focuses on the impact of nonprofit organization in fostering social change and the roles of the director and board in bringing about social change. The course will challenge students to consider the shift from a program centric model to a mission centric approach that is focused on social impact, outcomes, and measures of success. Students will also gain an understanding of the roles and influences (positive and negative) of philanthropy on political advocacy and social change movements in the U.S.; the scope and diversity of the philanthropic sector; political advocacy approaches and social movements; and examples of current philanthropic involvement in advocacy and social change efforts across the political spectrum. It will examine nonprofit organizations that have succeeded and those that have failed in implementing social change. (3 credits)
- OEL 501: Learning Community
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe various theories, concepts and models associated with organizational change processes to apply to an organizational dilemma.
- Evaluate the importance of organizational change and illustrate the role that learning plays in an organizational change process.
- Explain the effects of philanthropy on social movements and political change.
- Compare the program centric model to the mission centric model, including advantages and disadvantages as it relates to fostering social change.
- Formulate a solid assessment of a nonprofit's capacity to engage in advocacy and social change.
- Explain how to engage key constituencies including staff, board and volunteers in bringing about change.
- Explain the intersection of philanthropy with policy, business, law and society.
- Develop a strategic plan for a nonprofit that will foster social change, including outcomes assessment.
Applicable Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
4. Recommend how one develops effective groups.
5. Construct organizational leadership strategies.
7. Design and implement organizational change processes.
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 Paper - Non Profit (200 points)
Critical Analysis Paper - Philanthropic (200 points)
Strategic Plan Revision / Research Project (250 points)
(Available through our online bookstore)
- Faber, D. R. and D. McCarthy.Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy Popular Movements. Rowman & Littlefield, Inc., 2005. ISBN-13: 9780742549883
Supplemental Required Readings/Resources
- Links to the supplemental readings and articles are provided in the course shells.
Readings and Exercises
An introduction to change: social and organizational & Organizational change and learning
The role of nonprofits on advocacy & The role of nonprofit organization in policy development and change
The role of nonprofits in social development and change; Using evaluation and strategic planning to influence organizational change & Stakeholder engagement in evaluation and strategic planning
The influence of philanthropy on organizational structure and strategic planning in nonprofit
The intersection of philanthropy with business, government/law, and society
The influence of philanthropy in policy development
The influence of philanthropy on social change movements
Integration of major concepts and conclusion
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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