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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. 

This intensive five-week course explores the following topics: 

Introduction to Nonprofits, Nonprofit Management and the Nonprofit Sector.

Recognizing the Economic and Political Roles of Nonprofits.

Overview of Current Nonprofit Trends: Understanding the Changing Landscape

Continued Exploration of Trends: What They Mean for Your Nonprofit Organization

Looking into the Future: The Role of Innovation

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.

• Explain strategies for building a culture of innovation as nonprofit organizations face the future.

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 (0515)
  May 21 - June 24, 2015

  Course Fee: $550
  Registration Deadline: Monday, May 18, 2015

  Location: University of Illinois at Chicago


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