Nonprofit Organizations: Advocacy, Collaboration, & Fundraising

In Spring 2020, this course will be taught by Paul Thelen, the director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (LAWINRC) at the University of Iowa.

Course Description

This graduate-level course offers students both a broad overview of the role nonprofit organizations play in building and enhancing communities, as well as a focused examination of the external operations of these organizations. Students will explore the numerous threads that connect nonprofit organizations to outside individuals and entities, as well as be presented with a multitude of contemporary, real-world obstacles and opportunities that leaders and managers navigate outside their organizations. Topics will focus on issues of advocacy, government relations, fundraising, leadership, marketing, partnerships, public relations, volunteerism and beyond. Guest speakers will provide opportunities for further insight and networking. Students will gain valuable experience by working on a group project to be delivered to a nonprofit stakeholder from outside of the classroom.

At the end of the term, students will be able to

•  describe and distinguish the role of nonprofit organizations

•  identify and articulate local, state, and federal laws that govern nonprofit organizations

•  compare and critique theories and practices in nonprofit leadership and management

•  assess and evaluate a nonprofit organization’s external operations

•  design and deliver a group project for a nonprofit stakeholder

Schedule Information

Wed 5:30-8:30pm