Cause Leadership Master’s Capstone Course

Course Description

The Capstone is designed to be the culminating experience of the concepts, theories and practices of the Cause Leadership master’s degree. This hands-on learning opportunity transforms educational concepts into action. Graduates will draw inspiration and instruction from their capstone course experience as they assume positions of leadership in the nonprofit sector. The nonprofit arena, in turn, will benefit from the vast reservoir of experience and high level of excellence that Cause Leadership graduates will bring to their positions in the world of philanthropy. Course is H/S/U only and eligible for In Progress grading. Students will choose between two projects for the capstone course: Option 1: Develop a comprehensive fundraising/marketing plan which includes a financial viability assessment that takes into consideration a) the organization’s finances and b) trends in the sector. Option 2: Nonprofits commonly engage in a retreat process in order to think about and create a strategic plan. However, with the benefit of quantitative tools to yield rich data, a full marketing assessment, involvement of key stakeholders and knowledge of community partners, organizations can gain a more complete view of their strengths and opportunities that will inform future endeavors. Participants will focus on methods of identifying strategic questions and setting direction for nonprofit organizations by taking a client organization or one’s own through a comprehensive strategic planning process. Students will undertake a strategic plan utilizing concepts and skills garnered throughout this program which include: o Identifying your unique offering and its value o Identifying your resources (human and otherwise) o Leveraging your resources o Creating a strategic plan with vision, mission, values, goals, objectives and actions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in combining a diverse range of management and leadership elements into a cohesive whole.
  • Recognize how various stakeholders contribute to the overall health and success of a nonprofit organization.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the necessary skills to enhance their organizations and communities.


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