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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: PADM 320
Course Title: Non-Profit Organization and Management
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Managers in the non-profit sector face unique challenges. This course exposes students to essential skills facing managers in the non-profit sector such as grant writing, fundraising, managing technology, managing finances, working with private boards, public advocacy and more. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MGMT/PADM/POSC 311.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Any text or combination of texts covering topics identified in the topical outline.

Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals
By Heyman, Darian Rodriguez (Jossey-Bass)
Managing the Non-Profit Organization
By Drucker, Peter F. (Harper Business)
The Executive Director's Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader
By Carlson, Mim (Jossey-Bass)
Managing a Non-Profit Organization in the Twenty-First Century
By Wolf, Thomas (Fireside/Simon Shuster)
Course Objectives
  • To explore strategies and skills required to manage a non-profit organization.
  • To prepare students for work in the non-profit arena.
  • To understand the differences between managing non-profit and market-driven organizations.
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain strategies for planning a non-profit organization's agenda to serve the organization's mission.
  • Describe strategies for funding a non-profit organization.
  • Explain relationships with private boards and strategies for working with those boards.
  • Describe ways non-profit organizations advocate their goals and accomplish their missions.
  • Identify major components of a non-profit organization's mission statement.
  • Explain how success is defined and measured in non-profit organizations.
Topical Outline:
  • A significant, intensive writing component is required for this course. This requirement may be satisfied by a single type-written paper of twelve pages in length or more, properly cited, or by multiple assignments of equivalent length.
  • Mission statements for non-profit organizations
  • Marketing non-profit organizations
  • Fund raising.
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Working with boards
  • Measuring a non-profit organization's performance and setting new goals for the organization
  • Strategic planning strategies

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: David Roebuck Date: July 25, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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