Nonprofit Management (BNPM)
BNPM 370 MANAGING NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (4 credits)
This course examines key topics for effective management and governance of nonprofit organizations including the scope and structure of the nonprofit sector, theories of nonprofit organizations, performance measurement, strategic planning, marketing, financial management, earned income strategies, nonprofit lobbying and advocacy, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, needs assessment, building collaborations, program planning, program evaluation as well as the respective roles of board, staff and volunteers. The course is developed using theory, research, practitioner literature and current cases. Open to OCE Students Only.
BNPM 371 SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP & ENTERPRISES (4 credits)
This course engages students in the process of exploring significant global problems and developing innovative solutions that drive transformative social change. The course helps students understand some of the strategies that social entrepreneurs employ to create high-impact ventures, highlighting unique models for social problem-solving that offer bold solutions to complex and entrenched societal issues. Open to OCE Students Only.
BNPM 372 NONPROFIT LAW & GOVERNANCE (4 credits)
Fundamentals of nonprofit law. Survey of the legal structures that define and regulate the nonprofit sector. Exploration of the roles of the nonprofit governing board and executive leadership in supporting the mission of the nonprofit organization. Practical overview of legal requirements for establishing and maintaining a tax-exempt nonprofit. Additional topics include the fiduciary duties of nonprofit directors and trustees, liability and risk management, employment law for nonprofits, and alternative legal structures.Open to OCE Students Only.
BNPM 373 FISCAL MANAGEMENT & ACCOUNTING FOR NPOS (4 credits)
This course focuses on planning and financial decision-making in nonprofit organizations. Students will learn the fundamentals of budgeting, accounting, and financial management. Included in this course are appropriate management control, long and short-range planning, financial statement analysis and preparation, performance monitoring, and financial decision-making tools. The goal of this course is to prepare students for future leadership roles within nonprofit organizations. Successful financial management enables mission attainment!Open to OCE Students Only.
BNPM 470 NONPROFIT MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA (4 credits)
This course examines the marketing principles of mission-driven organizations. It provides insight on market research, and a rationale for market segmentation creating a foundation for why brand development for a nonprofit organization (e.g., name, guidance to inform logo design) as well as detailed positioning messages including brand promise and story are critical for nonprofit organizations. The course will also describe the marketing mix (e.g., product, price, place, promotion). The course also introduces the use of social media in marketing, public relations, and fundraising for nonprofits. It explores the major social media platforms as vehicles for nonprofits to reach their members, volunteers, and donors.Open to OCE Students Only.
BNPM 471 FUNDRAISING & RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (4 credits)
This course examines the important aspects of the fundraising process as carried out by nonprofit organizations-its value base, preparation of the case, implementation of relevant strategies and techniques, assessment of potential sources of support, utilization of human resources, and overall process management. The course will include theory to undergird practice, examination and analysis of current practice, proposal of practice standards, and discussion of ethical problems.Open to OCE Students Only.
BNPM 472 NONPROFIT STRATEGY & STRATEGIC PLANNING (4 credits)
Strategy is actualized with effective strategic planning. Strategic planning is widely used by public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Strategic planning can help organizations build capacity, increases organizational adaptability to environmental changes, improve organizational decision making, set up organizational priorities, and develop/enhance relationships with key stakeholders. Strategic planning can initiate a change in mission, structure, board, and management roles. Other benefits include thinking strategically, clarifying the direction of the organization, improving performance, building teamwork and expertise, solving problems, and decision-making.Open to OCE Students Only.
BNPM 473 GRANT WRITING GRANT WRITING (4 credits)
The course delivers practical grant research/writing skills and knowledge necessary to assist arts and nonprofit organizations secure funding. Participants will gain knowledge in four key areas: First, learn how to identify viable federal, foundation, and corporate funding sources. Second, the importance of research, data, and creating a sense of urgency including insight on where to look (e.g., census data, think tanks, university-based research) and how to utilize the information. Third, exposure to critical tools (e.g., logic models, SWOT analysis, design thinking, grant-related business plans) for grant proposal development. Fourth, the key components of the grant proposal (e.g., summary, introduction, needs statement, objectives, methods, evaluation, sustainability, budget, partners/letters of support). Open to OCE Students Only.
(MAJOR WRITING INTENSIVE)
BNPM 495 NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE (2 credits)
The capstone course is a method of summative evaluation in which the student is given an opportunity to demonstrate integrated knowledge and growth in the nonprofit management major. The course will assess the growth in the nonprofit management major and the overall academic learning experience in the nonprofit sector. This Capstone Project is framed as a Call to Action proposal and corresponding presentation. The Call for Action is grounded in research, readings, and insight gained learning about the nonprofit organization profiled, and knowledge gained in the major. Open to OCE Students Only.
Prerequisites: Senior Standing, BNPM 472 or BNPM 473
(MAJOR WRITING INTENSIVE)