This is a survey course that is intended to prepare students for leadership roles in the nonprofit sector by helping them gain an understanding of America’s “nonprofit nation” and its place relative to nonprofit sectors throughout the world. This course is focused on the integration of theory with practice. It explores the development, history and nature of the sector, governance structures of nonprofit organizations, leadership perspectives and operating strategies. Topics will include socio-economic, historical and critical perspectives related to the legal structure of nonprofits, board responsibilities, regulatory reform and accountability measures, and the structure and nature of philanthropy. The course is designed as an interactive and reflective learning experience that incorporates significant case study and group problem-solving exercises.
This course taught me to look at nonprofit work holistically and to take into account how theory can promote better practice.
-Fall 2021 On-Campus MANP Student