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Nonprofit Management Concentration (12 Credits)

The following courses represent an example of possible courses that may be accepted for the professional core in this area.  The final selection of courses will be made in collaboration with the program director in this area.

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
NMP500 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector 3

This course examines the theoretical, philosophical, practical and ethical perspectives related to the effective management and leadership of nonprofit organizations in the twenty-first century. Upon completion of the course, the student will possess an understanding of the historical development of the nonprofit sector; the multiple rationales for the existence of the nonprofit sector; the distinctive characteristics of nonprofit organizations; the structures, processes and complexities of organizational governance shared by volunteer board members and professional staff; the dynamic environment of the contemporary nonprofit organization; and the current issues of importance to nonprofit decision makers.

NMP521 Foundations of Philanthropy 3

This course provides an overview of America’s tradition of philanthropy and its relevance for today’s fundraisers. Attention is given to changing expectations for ethical behavior and accountability along with changes in donor markets which impact the practice of philanthropy in the 21st century. This course also examines the theoretical basis and goals of fundraising activities, how to apply the theory to develop a comprehensive development program and a personal fundraising philosophy and framework.

NMP531 Grant Writing for Corporations & Foundations 3

This course will focus on methods of identifying corporate and private foundation funding prospects and applying for grants from these funders. Students will conduct research on foundations and corporations using the Internet and printed materials. They will polish their written communication skills while crafting letters of inquiry, grant proposals, cover letters, and stewardship letters. Students will develop a basic knowledge of the theory, motivations, and methods of corporate and foundation giving programs. Students who register for this class are required to have access to a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization (as an employee or volunteer) that they can use as a topic of class discussions and written assignments.

NMP605 Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector 3

This course provides a foundation for effective financial nonprofit decision making to promote the financial sustainability of nonprofit organizations in these challenging times. Upon completion of the course the student will: possess an understanding of financial systems as they apply to nonprofit organization; be able to analyze and evaluate the financial health of a nonprofit organization and determine its financial strengths and weaknesses; and use a variety of strategies to improve the financial condition of a nonprofit organization including “quick analysis”, budgeting and cost controls, understanding the nonprofit’s “economic engine,” and developing “unrestricted” funding streams.

NMP622 Donor Motivation and Behavior 3

This course exposes students to the theoretical framework for giving. Students will learn how to assess the various motivational factors which influence giving to a particular cause. In addition, this course provides students with the opportunity to explore and understand the principles and mechanics of the wide variety of giving options available to donors. Students will learn to facilitate a process that defines donor needs, assesses appropriate giving methods, develops sound proposals, and closes gifts.

NMP623 Resource Development Management 3

As the field of development becomes more complex and demanding, the role of resource management (time, people, and money) takes on increasing importance for the development professional. This course will explore and integrate these issues, and provide resources and tools to build management effectiveness within development. Specifically, students will learn how to apply best practices and sound management principles to the process of securing resources within the nonprofit context.

NMP635 Board Governance and Volunteer Management 3

This course examines the elements, processes and dynamics of board governance and volunteer management of nonprofit organizations. The course includes analysis of the respective roles of the board, executive director, staff and volunteers to maximize organizational effectiveness. Students will learn how to assess and improve the effectiveness of a board, the senior leadership, volunteers and the overall governance of the nonprofit organization.

NMP665 Public Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations 3

This course introduces students to the complex and dynamic relationship between government and the nonprofit sector. Topics include the legal constraints within which all nonprofits must operate, the traditional role nonprofits play in public policy advocacy, and the growing role nonprofits play as government funded service providers. Students will also learn effective means of legally lobbying legislators and grapple with the possible benefits and negatives of doing so.