David S. Harrison
PB AF 550
Focuses upon the roles played by nonprofit organizations in meeting the public good. Examines internal management issues such as structure, budget, and operations; and external issues such as board functions, legal status, marketing, media relations, and fund-raising.
This course is designed to apply management concepts and approaches to the unique setting of the nonprofit organization. In the context of these times, this course will emphasize strategic management in a period of resource scarcity and the blurring boundaries between the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors. Emphasis is placed on providing students with greater knowledge of management dilemmas, challenges and opportunities facing nonprofit organizations and their staff and volunteers.
This course is the “base” course for the nonprofit courses in the Evans School of Public Affairs. Consequently, it focuses on the key topics in nonprofit management. Students with a particular interest in specialized areas of nonprofit management such as financial management, program evaluation, and strategic planning are encouraged to take follow-up courses in the Evans School and other schools in the university.
The teaching in this course is structured to promote the integration of research and writing on nonprofit management with the current experiences of nonprofit organizations. Cases providing detailed analyses of specific organizations are used for teaching purposes.
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