NPA 56510 Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization

This experiential learning course will provide students with a conceptual framework and the practical skills of understanding, analyzing, and creating a responsive nonprofit organization based on local community needs. The course uses a myriad of resources (articles, websites, and videos) and the hands-on development of an actual nonprofit, given a variety of steps and sequences along with hypothetical situations. The course will combine the study of nonprofit management principles through examination of a nonprofit client/case study. Students will gain real-world exposure to the dynamic forces (management, ethical, legal, technological, global, etc.) intersecting with starting a nonprofit organization. In addition to working with a nonprofit client, students will have an opportunity to develop and refine critical thinking, written, and oral communication skills in the development and presentation of their professional-caliber final consultation reports. Lab fee may be required.