Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations

Program Courses

To earn the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations certificate in any track, students must complete four courses. 

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Professional Development Programs

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Fundraising
LEAD_ART 200-0 Leading, Acting, and Thinking Strategically *Core Course

Strategic Thinking and Acting always appears in the list of highly desired skills for leaders, managers, and key individual contributors. This highly interactive class will use simulations and real life examples to teach you practical strategic thinking practices that you can immediately put to use. In addition, you gain insight into the strengths and development areas of your leadership style, and how your style can help you think and act strategically.

This course uses an adult learning approach. You will be actively involved and apply course concepts to actual situations and case studies in class. This enables you to practice skills and use tools that can be immediately applied when you go back to your work environment. We will apply strategic thinking tools including: Scenario Planning, Systems thinking, SWOT analysis, and Mind Mapping. We will use the DiSC Work of Leaders Assessment to understand your Leadership Strengths, Development areas, and how those relate to Strategy and Leading People. Instructor will use a combination of lecture, facilitation, and in-class coaching. You will also create a Personal Strategic Plan to help you with your next steps in your professional development.

 

Required Course Preparation:

Students will be provided with a link to take a DiSC assessment prior to the first day of class; learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1025

Summer 2017 Sec #45


Schedule Notes:

This course has reached enrollment capacity and is now closed. Please email profdev@northwestern.edu to be put on the wait list.


Course Materials:

Required Course Preparation:
Students will be provided with a link to take a DiSC assessment prior to the first day of class; learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.

 

Additional course materials will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
08/03/17 - 08/04/17 ThF 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 406
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 41474
PHIL_NP 330-0 Legal Issues in Philanthropy: The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations in Illinois *Core Course

This course on the law of not-for-profit corporations will take a detailed look at the organizational and operational aspects of a tax-exempt charitable organization in Illinois. Students will engage in the legal analysis of a hypothetical nonprofit corporation. State and federal tax laws and reporting requirements, revenue generating strategies (that will not jeopardize tax-exempt status), and management of human resources will be explored.


Additional Information:

This is a five-week course offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$950

Summer 2017 Sec #44
Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
08/02/17 - 08/30/17 W 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 504
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 41620
PHIL_NP 378-0 Major Gift Fundraising from Individuals, Corporations & Foundations *Core Course

This course emphasizes applied fundraising. It will focus on all aspects of the major gift program. Students will explore the role of the major gift program in the development process, and all aspects of its implementation from systems and strategies to the execution of the on-going program and the capital campaign.

Specific course objectives include, among others:

• Understand the major and planned gift practice within the comprehensive development program
• Better understand the historic models of fundraising and today’s donor-centered best practice
• Develop a compelling case for private support
• Learn how to implement a relationship management system
• Understand how private foundations and corporations give to nonprofit organizations


Additional Information:

This is a five-week course offered during the Fall quarter.

 

A letter grade will be given for this course.


Tuition:
$950

Fall 2017 Sec #42
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Course Materials:

Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 4th Edition. Eugene R. Tempel, Timothy L. Seiler, Dwight F. Burlingame. Jossey-Bass, 2016. ISBN-10: 1-118-85382-2 | ISBN-13: 978-1-118-85382-5

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
10/09/17 - 11/06/17 M 6 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 18155
PHIL_NP 380-0 Grantsmanship for the Research Professional *Elective

This executive education-style workshop course teaches and enhances skills associated with effective grant opportunity identification, preparation, writing, and submission to Researchers engaged in research as well as Research Administrators responsible for pursuing grant opportunities. Strategies for developing grant proposals that support both hypothesis-driven and need-based empirical research activities will be presented, with a focus on opportunities from government, corporate, and foundation sectors. The course is appropriate for Researchers at all levels (trainees through early/mid-career faculty) and Research Administrators conducting or supporting research in the biological, clinical, life sciences, medical and natural sciences; physical sciences and mathematics; social and behavioral sciences; engineering; law; and education. Topics covered in this two-day workshop course include: Grant Resources; Funding Agencies; Funding Opportunity Identification; Research Program Development; Pre- and Post-Award Compliance Primer; Proposal Planning; Proposal Components; Writing the Specific Aims and Narrative Sections; Budget Development; Review Process; Proposal Submission; and, Team Science.


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Fall and Spring quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$650

Fall 2017 Sec #42
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Course Materials:

All course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
12/04/17 - 12/05/17 MTu 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 18156
PHIL_NP 381-0 Grantsmanship and Program Development *Core Course

This course will provide students an opportunity to learn and apply skills needed to develop effective programs and winning grant proposals that support a nonprofit’s strategic priorities. The course assists students in utilizing tools, frameworks, and concepts introduced in class and from readings to plan a program based on a case study. Interactive exercises let students practice crafting common elements found in corporate, foundation and government grant proposals, including a work plan, evaluation components, and a budget to fund the program developed for their case. By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired the knowledge and skills in program planning, proposal writing, and evaluation to be confident in contributing to the development and funding of programs that advance their organization’s mission.


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$625

Summer 2017 Sec #47


Schedule Notes:

Onsite Session #1: Saturday, 6/24, 9am-5pm CT
Onsite Session #2: Saturday, 7/8, 9am-5pm CT
Virtual Session #3: Monday, 7/31, 6pm-7pm CT


Course Materials:

Students will need to purchase the required text: Grantsmanship: Program Planning and Proposal Writing by Norton J. Kiritz and Barbara Floersch (2015) from any retailer.

Pre-work: Students will need to read pages 1-111 of the text before the first class meeting. There are additional assignments and readings in the Canvas course site to complete before the first class meeting.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/24/17 - 07/31/17 Sa
Monday, July 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 504
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 41535