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
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
• 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.