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
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.


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:


- 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 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