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
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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 TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41474
PHIL_NP 315-0 Donor Psychology and The Ask *Core Course

This course explores what makes people want to give money and time to support nonprofits. Students will gain both a historical perspective, as well as opportunities for simulation and role-play for the “big ask.” Students will also explore the key fundraising questions driving organizational success, sustainability, and strategy, while also focusing on what drives donors to give, from tax strategy to intergenerational planning to career trajectory to family wealth dynamics.


Additional Information:

This is a three-day course offered during the Spring quarter.


Tuition:
$625

Spring 2017 Sec #42
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Course Materials:

Charity and Philanthropy For Dummies. Muth, Karl T., Michael T. S. Lindenmayer, and John Kluge. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2014. ISBN-10: 1-119-94187-3 | ISBN-13: 978-1-119-94187-3

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/05/17 - 06/07/17 MTuW 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 711
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37953
PHIL_NP 320-0 Financial Management of Nonprofits *Core Course

This course is designed to provide specific and relevant information about the various aspects of financial management and reporting for a nonprofit organization. Participants will be exposed to the complexities of nonprofit organization financial statements, including the impacts of fund accounting, donor restrictions and other unique reporting issues. The internal control environment and its role in financial management and reporting will also be discussed, along with specific tax and audit issues affecting nonprofit organizations.


Additional Information:

This course is offered during the Spring academic quarter.

 

This course is graded on a letter grade basis.


Tuition:
$950

Spring 2017 Sec #45


Schedule Notes:

Students must complete readings and assignments before the first session. Access the syllabus in Canvas to see and complete pre-work after enrolling.


Course Materials:

Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations: Policies and Practices, 1st Edition. Zietlow, John, Jo Ann Hankin, and Alan G. Seidner. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007. ISBN-10: 0-471-74166-3 | ISBN-13: 978-0-471-74166-4

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
04/20/17 - 05/18/17 Th 6 – 8:45 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 714
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 37954
PHIL_NP 325-0 Nonprofit Governance, Mission and Strategic Planning *Core Course

Want to help a nonprofit you care about be more strategic in a changing world? Do you desire to unleash the full potential of your nonprofit board and leaders? This course will help by providing an opportunity to learn and apply skills needed to lead and govern a nonprofit organization. Using a case study, interactive exercises let you practice crafting a mission statement and develop an organization’s strategy. You’ll also explore how to best recruit boards, structure committees, and run meetings to ensure effective leadership and oversight. Finally, you’ll have an opportunity to meet with proven leaders in the field to ask about their role in achieving successes and overcoming challenges while leading and governing their nonprofits.


Additional Information:

This is a six-week course offered during the Fall and Spring quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$950

Spring 2017 Sec #42


Schedule Notes:

Students must complete readings and assignments before the first session. Access the syllabus in Canvas to see and complete pre-work after enrolling.


Course Materials:

Required:

- The nonprofit board answer book: A practical guide for board members and chief executives. (2012). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. [3rd Edition]
Can be purchased at www.boardsource.org or another online retailer.

- Collins, J. C. (2005). Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer. [Boulder, CO: HarperCollins].
Can potentially be accessed online or purchased at a retailer of your choice.

- Additional Harvard Business case studies will be required; details provided on the course syllabus.

- Students will also be provided with a course pack.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
04/10/17 - 05/15/17 M 6 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 712
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 37955
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
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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 TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41620
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:
$625

Spring 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
05/22/17 - 05/23/17 MTu 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 406
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 38722
PHIL_NP 381-0 Grantsmanship and Program Development *Core Course

This executive education-style 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
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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 TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41535