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Certificate in Nonprofit Management


Course schedule

Nonprofits Today: Understanding the Sector’s Changing Landscape

Nonprofit leaders, managers, and “sector switchers” will benefit from this fast-paced exploration of today’s nonprofit sector. Learn about the broad range of institutions that occupy the social space between the market and the state*, and what holds them together. Participants will discuss the specific functions of nonprofits in society, their economic and political impact and major trends that are changing the face of nonprofit organizations as we know them. The goal of this course is to facilitate increased knowledge of the nonprofit sector that prepares the learner to lead and manage strategically in a rapidly changing environment. A bonus section on working in the nonprofit sector is offered for individual study.

This intensive five-week course explores the following topics:

• Defining Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Sector: Origins, Scope, Subsectors and Values.
• Understanding the Changing Landscape of the Social Sector.
• Nonprofits: The Fastest Growing Sector in the U.S. Economy.
• Demystifying the Political Role of Nonprofits.
• Facing the Future: The Innovative Nonprofit.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of readings and assigned learning activities, students will be able to:

• Recognize the wide range of terms and definitions used for nonprofit organizations today and how nonprofits “fit in” between the market and the state.
• Explain the key functions of nonprofits.
• Recognize the social, economic and political impact of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and beyond.
• Identify major trends affecting nonprofits today and interpret their significance for the organization where you work or volunteer.
• Discuss the role of innovation as nonprofits face the future.

Special features of this course:

• Self-study bonus section: Working for a Nonprofit Organization.
• A weekly Resource Center, which provides carefully tailored readings and other resources.
• “Studio” activities offer 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 leading nonprofits.
• A small class size generally limited to 25 participants.

*Salamon et. al., 2003.

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 (0514)
  May 08 - June 11, 2014

  Course Fee: $550
  Registration Deadline: Monday, May 05, 2014

  Location: University of Illinois at Chicago


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