Nonprofit Management

Courses

NPM 501 Foundations in Fundraising and Ethics 3.0 Credits

This is another graduate-level introductory course providing a broad understanding of the different elements of nonprofit organizations from the fundraising perspective and it will provide the basis from which students will then learn, in greater detail, about stewardship, donor cultivation, capital campaigns. It also provides students with a base knowledge to prepare them for their subsequent experiential learning.

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

NPM 520 Writing for Nonprofits 3.0 Credits

Writing is crucial to the success of all nonprofit organizations. In this introductory graduate-level course students will create their own nonprofit organization and will craft a number of written materials based on the organization they envision. Students will build upon these materials in subsequent courses.

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

NPM 550 Stewardship & Donor Cultivation 3.0 Credits

Stewardship is the process of developing a relationship, followed by the continued cultivation of that relationship. In this class, students will focus on the subtleties and strategies of stewarding prospects, transitioning them to donors, and the continued cultivation of donors. Students will also explore the four R’s of donor cultivation: research, romance, request, and recognition.

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

NPM 600 Nonprofit Workshop I 3.0 Credits

In this workshop-based course, students will work directly with a nonprofit organization to study, solve, or create an action plan for a particular generalized need as identified by the nonprofit. Students will build upon early foundational knowledge while developing hands-on experience in a safe setting guided by the faculty member. Through reflective work, students will learn to assess their own work and ultimately identify their own strengths and weaknesses to target areas for continued growth.

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: NPM 550 [Min Grade: B] (Can be taken Concurrently)NPM 501 [Min Grade: B] and NPM 520 [Min Grade: B]

NPM 602 Nonprofit Workshop II 3.0 Credits

In this second workshop-based course, students will work directly with a nonprofit organization to study, solve, or create an action plan for a particular in-depth need as identified by the nonprofit. Students will continue to build upon foundational knowledge while developing hands-on experience in a safe setting guided by the faculty member. Through reflective work, students will learn to assess their own work and ultimately identify their own strengths and weaknesses to identify area for continued growth.

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: NPM 601 [Min Grade: B]

NPM 603 Regional Volunteer Experience 3.0 Credits

Most nonprofit organizations heavily rely on volunteers. To effectively manage a nonprofit organization, whether small or large, it is essential to understand the goals and intent of the volunteers. In this course, students will volunteer on a weekly basis at a nonprofit (located near their place of residence). Students will complete weekly self-assessment reports to reflect on their experience as a volunteer, while also looking at the function of the nonprofit organization.

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

NPM 645 Strategic Planning for Nonprofits 3.0 Credits

Strategic planning is essential for the effective leadership, management, and sustainability of the nonprofit organization. In this course, students will explore how nonprofit organizations identify strategies to achieve and develop their mission. Students will examine the key elements of the strategic planning process, especially those unique to nonprofit organizations: goal setting, engagement with board initiatives, mission development and/or realignment, funding limitations, and the roles of key stakeholders, such as board members, executive leadership, staff, and volunteers. Students will develop a practical model they can then apply to any nonprofit organization to conduct successful strategic planning.

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

NPM 670 Managing Effective Capital Campaigns 3.0 Credits

Capital Campaigns are the structure around which the largest donations are typically received. They differ drastically from annual funds, and thus it is imperative that students develop the necessary skills and knowledge needed to manage a capital campaign from conception through completion.

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

NPM 700 Capstone I 1.5 Credit

Students can pursue one of two paths for their capstone experience: first, they can choose to work with the nonprofit they partnered with during the Nonprofit Workshop II course and implement the plan, etc. as identified in that class; or second, students can choose and study a specific topic, trend, or issue confronting the nonprofit sector. During the Capstone I course, students will do the following: Option 1: Further develop the implementation plan, establish how s/he will be evaluated for the implementation, develop a reading list to assist in the implementation, and begin the implementation. Option 2: Choose a topic, conduct research, develop a bibliography, and create an outline for a final paper (to be completed in the Capstone II course).

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: NPM 501 [Min Grade: B] and NPM 520 [Min Grade: B] and NPM 550 [Min Grade: B] and NPM 645 [Min Grade: B] and NPM 600 [Min Grade: B] and NPM 602 [Min Grade: B] and NPM 603 [Min Grade: B]

NPM 701 Capstone II 4.5 Credits

This is the second in of a two-part capstone experience in which students demonstrate, in one of two ways, what they have learned in the program. They can choose to apply their skills in an experiential setting or conduct research and report on a specific relevant topic within the nonprofit sector. Both demonstrate the breadth of the student’s knowledge.

College/Department: GC-3690
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: NPM 700 [Min Grade: B]

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