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Certificate in Nonprofit Management


Course schedule

Building Partnerships and Collaboration across Sectors

While the terms partnership and collaboration are hardly new in the nonprofit lexicon, the practice of engaging creatively across the private, public and nonprofit sectors is more important than ever for achieving organizational goals and social change. This course will explore the benefits and risks associated with partnerships and collaborations, and examine innovative models and strategies through case studies and best practices.

This intensive five-week course explores the following topics:

• Partnerships and Collaboration across the Sectors: Drivers, Definitions and Determinants.
• How Nonprofits Can Partner and Collaborate with Other Nonprofits.
• Local and State Government – Nonprofit Partnerships and Collaboration.
• Private Sector – Nonprofit Partnerships and Collaboration.
• The Blending and Blurring of the Sectors

Special features of this course:

• A weekly Resource Center provides carefully tailored readings and other resources
• “Studio” activities provide opportunities for new and experienced practitioners to cultivate practical skills
• Original case studies and problem-based learning activities
• In-depth weekly discussions on the real-life challenges and opportunities of marketing management
• Small class size of 25 participants

Learning Objectives

What you and your organization will gain from this course:

• Identify drivers that influence nonprofits to consider partnerships and collaborations.
• Assess whether a partnership opportunity is appropriate for your organization.
• Explore characteristics of effective collaboration and steps toward achieving it.
• Review a wide range of collaborative activities that nonprofits are utilizing today with other nonprofits.
• Understand the purpose and benefits of nonprofit partnerships with government and the private sector through analysis of case studies.

This is an instructor-led course delivered entirely online. It is highly interactive and requires active participation on discussions boards and completion of assigned projects. There are no real-time class meetings. Students work at times that are convenient for them within the weekly schedule of activities. We estimate spending an average of 8 – 10 hours per week on each Certificate in Nonprofit Management course. For this reason, we highly recommend students participate in no more than two CNM courses at a time.

NOTE: This is a tech-enhanced course that requires access to Blackboard, a course management system used by UIC. In order to complete registration, you must submit proof of identity to secure your unique NetID (username). More information on this process can be found on the Know More about Registering and Paying section of our Web site.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  Section 1 (0115)
  January 15 - February 18, 2015

  Course Fee: $550
  Registration Deadline: Saturday, January 31, 2015

  Location: University of Illinois at Chicago


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