POLS 4215 - Management of Nonprofit Organizations


This course is designed to explore the theoretical principles and practical applications of management for charities and/or nonprofit organizations. The underlying thesis of this course is that by understanding fundamental principles such as developing effective mission and objective statements, marketing and accounting strategies, nonprofits can become more effective and responsive to their constituencys needs. Thus, students will be provided an opportunity to examine critical issues of management faced by leaders in nonprofit organizations.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the characteristics and uniqueness of the nonprofit sector
  2. Understand the legal definition (e.g., IRS codes) and requirements related to nonprofit organizations
  3. Understand nonprofit executive leadership and Boards of Directors
  4. Understand managing paid staff and volunteers
  5. Understand strategic planning
  6. Understand fundraising and financial managements
  7. Understand marketing and commercialization
  8. Understand collaborative partnerships
  9. Understand performance and accountability
  10. Understand handling external environment
  11. Understand global perspectives and social entrepreneurship
  • Module 1: Foundation of the Nonprofit Sector
  • Module 2: Governing Boards and Executive Leadership
  • Module 3: Strategic Planning and Building High-Performing Organizations
  • Module 4: Managing Staff and Volunteers
  • Module 5: Marketing, Advocacy and Lobbying
  • Module 6: Fundraising and Resources Management
  • Module 7: Financial Management
  • Module 8: Global Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship

Credit Hours

Organizational Leadership


  • POLS 1101

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