Nonprofit Fundamentals

Course Description

Comprehensive overview of principles and practices related to the governance and management of nonprofit organizations. Topics include the historical, legal, and social foundations of the nonprofit sector as well as aspects of nonprofit operations including mission statements, ethics and leadership, managerial and financial controls, building organizational capacity, fundraising and revenue generation, marketing and external environment, board governance, information technology, performance management, and IRS compliance and transparency.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between the important functions of the nonprofit sector in relation to private and government sectors
  • Argue the nonprofit sector’s unique contributions to the civic, social, and financial landscape of society.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the essential elements involved in managing and stewarding a nonprofit organization in the 21st century.
  • Investigate the size, scope, and diversity of the nonprofit sector
  • Navigate the legalities of the 501(c)3 structure, the legal documents that bind nonprofits, and the implications for governance, financial management, and transparency
  • Examine the various stakeholders of nonprofit organizations: constituents, regulators, personnel, volunteers, and the community
  • Assess the governance structures of nonprofit organizations and how they interact: board of directors, advisory committees, and executive personnel.

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School of Business and Management

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School of Business and Management
Asya W.
Class of 2009