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Non-Profit Management Courses Online

Curriculum Details

37 total credits required

The online non-profit management degree from Lindenwood requires the completion of eight core non-profit management courses, two elective courses, and two writing prerequisite courses. The prerequisite courses must be taken during the student’s first term of the program if not completed prior to beginning the degree.

Foundation Courses (6 hours)

This course is designed to develop graduate students’ language and writing abilities within academic and professional genres. Topics will include writing coherence, logic, and processes; audience and situation awareness; development and support of ideas; and language formality and accuracy.

This course is designed to introduce graduate business students to the conventions and expectations of academic and professional writing and to develop their abilities to follow those conventions. Particular emphasis will be given to research writing, style, and organization. Additional topics will include best practices for creating clear, concise, and effective professional writing.

Core Courses (24 hours)

This course is the study of techniques necessary for effective and targeted fundraising campaigns with a focus on specific donors. Emphasis is on financial planning, major gift giving, and planned giving. In addition, this course will provide students with an overview of the essential functions needed to support a comprehensive fund development program. Topics will include: case statements, setting up a development office, information systems, prospect research, direct mail, telephone solicitation, special events, grant writing, prospect research, and major and capital gifts, among others. Students will, in addition to two smaller class assignments related to critical aspects of the fund development process, select a local nonprofit organization in order to synthesize the course material and engage in a hands-on, mini-consulting project related to that organization’s particular fundraising issue or need. Lab fee may be required.

As organizations throughout the country face the uncertainties of government cutbacks and financial challenges that follow in their wake, the need to leverage all available resources to the maximum capacity and efficiency is greater than ever. In this environment, volunteers becoming an increasingly important resource for nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes. The reason is simple: Nothing can replace the impact community services has as people work together to find a common solution, organize themselves, and reach out helping hands to those in need. Lab fee may be required.

This course will provide students with both a conceptual framework and practical skills of understanding, analyzing, and creating change within and through organizations and communities. The course uses a textbook, online activities, film clips and case studies of nonprofit and public sector initiatives and programs related to the ?profile? of an effective nonprofit leader, the role of the nonprofit board of directors, organizational challenges, and tools and techniques for effective management. Lab fee may be required.

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, 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.

This course is a study of the realities of the grant seeking process and the methods of preparing a high-quality grant proposal and focuses on the developing and refining nonprofit management skills that contribute to more effective grant writing; allocating time and resources, collaborating with colleagues and with others outside the organization, conducting research, planning, and budgeting. This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the grant preparation and grant writing process. Focus will be on developing grant writing initiatives in line with other organizational development efforts; conducting research, planning and budgeting; and understanding the essential elements of proposal development. Lab fee may be required.

This course is a discussion of the theory and practice of putting together a realistic budget for a nonprofit organization. Students will examine and discuss a budget as a policy making tool. The functions of good financial management procedures and styles are examined, preparing executive directors and supervisors of nonprofits to understand financial and accounting statements. Lab fee may be required.

This course is a review of the steps necessary to do a strategic plan for nonprofit organizations. Students will put together a strategic plan for a local nonprofit organization including an environmental assessment, mission review, discussion of key issues and the strategies for addressing those issues, and develop an implementation action plan. In addition, the class will discuss the process of evaluating programs and planning changes for existing program or development of new programs for a nonprofit organization.

This course is an individualized graduate project that may be analytical, a demonstration, or case study project. Topics will be selected and explored with the student’s capstone advisor. In some cases, the project will directly relate to the internship experience.

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This course is an overview of human resource management and will include exploration of such topics as staffing, training and development, performance management, compensation, labor relations, and employment law, with a primary focus on strategic execution, which integrates HR programs and policies within the framework of an organization’s strategic direction. Lab fee may be required.

This course is an analysis of primary factors affecting individual and group behavior in organizations and examines the structure and behavior within organizations that impact performance, morale, and profitability. Lab fee may be required.

Students are given the opportunity to exercise, refine, and enhance their fundraising skills gained in NPA 50010 by completing a supervised group project in a nonprofit organization utilizing advanced fundraising techniques. Through involvement in a nonprofit setting, in which they have no prior knowledge, participants will experience the process of organizational assimilation and integration as they tackle a discrete fundraising project of long or short-term benefit to the organization in question. The larger theoretical issues that affect fundraisers will also be discussed within the context of this course. Lab fee may be required.
The annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference is a capstone experience for students pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. The purpose of the conference is to expose social sector leaders to a vibrant learning experience centered on six central core competencies: Planning, Governance, Finance/Legal, Fund Development, Communication, Evaluation, and Historical Perspectives.

This course shall discuss the need to market all aspects of a nonprofit organization’s operation and mission with specific emphasis to on the “four P’s” of marketing. The class will be required to develop and create a marketing plan for an actual nonprofit organization or program. Lab fee may be required.

Students are placed in nonprofit organizations to serve in functions normally assigned to managers and administrators. Under the supervision of agency personnel, students will observe and practice skills necessary for success in the field. The setting of the internship will be decided by the nonprofit supervisor, faculty advisor, and student.

This course consists of directed studies in the management and leadership of nonprofit organizations or a special course offering of a nonprofit topic. May be repeated with different topics.

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