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M.S. Course Descriptions


TRIMESTER 1 - FALL 2014

NPLD 5000 - HISTORY AND PUBLIC ROLES OF NONPROFITS
3 Credits - Weekend Immersion (All Day Thursday - Sunday)
Ji Seon Lee, GSS

In this introductory course for the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership program, students learn about the history of nonprofit organizations, and the influential factors shaping the past programs of nonprofit organizations.  The focus is on the nonprofit organization and its role in social change.  In this immersion course, students will learn about the political, economic, religious and socio-cultural factors that impact the creation, survival, and growth of nonprofit organizations.  Students will be introduced to theories of leadership and an understanding of the role of nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and boards of directors.

NPLD 5001 - ORGANIZATIONAL PLANNING
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)
William Catucci, GBA

In Organizational Planning, students learn how to achieve agency goals through planning, ongoing oversight, and building strengths within the organization.  The business planning process will be addressed with special attention paid to unique issues facing nonprofits.  Students learn how to develop a strategic plan, using it to aid overall agency objectives and department and staff objectives.  Students learn how to integrate social change objectives into this planning process. Setting and monitoring goals for an organization in cooperation with the board and staff members is emphasized.

NPLD 5002 - ORGANIZATIONAL FINANCE
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)
Philip Conte, GBA

Organizational Finance focuses on planning, reporting, and fiscal decision making in nonprofit organizations, and is intended to build upon organizational planning.  The focus will be developing annual and operating budgets, managing working capital, and analyzing organizational fiscal health.  Students learn how to budget and identify social justice activities and how to budget for social change efforts (e.g. public awareness v. lobbying campaigns).

NPLD 5003 - STAFF MANAGEMENT
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Carl Gold, GBA

Staff Management covers hiring, supervision and motivation of staff, including laws and regulations regarding employees.  Issues such as creating a diverse work force, increasing motivation, troubleshooting job issues, and maintaining staff morale will be discussed.  Students learn challenges in working with union and nonunion staff, as well as different concerns affecting professional, support, and volunteer staff members.

NPLD 5004 - TECHNOLOGY FOR NONPROFITS
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)
Evan Katsamakas, GSS

The Technology for Nonprofits course focuses on using technology to advance programs, help in evaluating staff objectives, and increase management efficiency.  Students learn skills in understanding and managing data and are able to show progress to directors and funders, as well as monitor and improve programs.  The uses of technology and data management to plan for new programs are addressed.  Students will learn to use technology for social change and advocacy strategies.

TRIMESTER 2 - SPRING 2015


NPLD 5005 - PUBLIC ADVOCACY
3 Credits - Weekend Immersion (All Day Thursday - Sunday)
Gregory Acevedo, GSS


In Public Advocacy students learn how to develop and lead social change initiatives to benefit society, as well as nonprofit leaders themselves and their agencies.  Students learn how to manage staff and volunteers to support advocacy.  They will gain experience in developing actual public policy advocacy initiatives, based on their nonprofit experiences, and understanding the leadership that they require.  Students get hands on experience in how to develop an advocacy change campaign through class exchanges with public officials and nonprofit executives.

NPLD 5006 - FUNDRAISING
3 Credits (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Lauri Goldkind, GSS


In Fundraising, students address all aspects of raising contributions and grants necessary for the sustainability of a nonprofit organization.  Topics to be reviewed include: the board development committee, individual donors, major donors, foundations, corporations, special events, using social media, online fundraising, and getting government grants.  Students learn the special challenges in raising money for social justice compared to direct service issues; and the challenge of obtaining long-term funding for advocacy projects with their indefinite timetables.

NPLD 5007 - ETHICS, LEGAL REQUIREMENTS, OUTSIDE REPORTING MANDATES & GOVERNANCE
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)
William J. Toppera

The course on ethics, legal requirement, outside reporting mandates, and governance will cover the internal and external oversight requirements in a nonprofit organization.  Students learn about the legal requirements affecting a nonprofit and the ethical conduct standards appropriate to professional and volunteer relationships in a nonprofit. They will gain knowledge about the organizations that rate and evaluate nonprofits. Students learn how to handle competition and cooperation between nonprofits and review different governance and ethical issues related to agency collaboration. Students will learn when doing advocacy, what is lobbying with its fiscal restraints, and what restrictions are there on supporting politicians whose cooperation is needed.

NPLD 5008 - BOARD DEVELOPMENT
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)
TBA

This course will cover Board Development. Issues related to recruiting boards of trustees and motivating boards to carry out both oversight and fundraising responsibilities are discussed.  Students learn how to engage a board of trustees to do social change programs, primarily on the local level, which adds to the mission recognition of a nonprofit agency.

TRIMESTER 3 - SUMMER 2015


NPLD 5009 - PROGRAM DESIGN AND GRANT DEVELOPMENT
3 Credits - Weekend Immersion (All Day Thursday - Sunday)
Tina Maschi, GSS


Students learn how an organization identifies new ideas, based on experience and research, and turns them into programs, applies for funding to support these efforts, and then evaluates their impact. Students gain awareness of how an agency can identify public policy as well as direct service issues, which can affect a large sector, and then design a program around them.  How to motivate different departments of a nonprofit organization in identifying new and creating programs is emphasized.

NPLD 5010 - INTERNATIONAL NONPROFIT
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Marciana Popescu, GSS

The International Nonprofit course will focus on understanding how an international nonprofit organization differs from a domestic nonprofit and various influences that affect international nonprofits.   Students learn how to carry out the functions of an international NGO, whose actual operations are in another country.   Fundraising for international nonprofits is addressed.  Students learn how to create and support an international nonprofit, with a social justice mission.  There will be a review of the global, social, economic, and political influences affecting the international nonprofit sector, and the ability to pursue social change.

NPLD 5011 - PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)
John Winkleman

In this course on Public Relations and Marketing, students review how to market a nonprofit organization through different media outlets, including but not limited to the press, T.V., and social media.  Students will learn what marketing strategies are most effective for nonprofits and how to maintain the nonprofit and social justice mission throughout marketing campaigns. Students will also learn how to brand their nonprofit organization and the importance of it in public relations. Participants will learn how participants in a social change campaign can divide up media responsibilities.

NPLD 5012A - PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)
Kevin Daley, GBA

In this course on Personal & Professional Communications, students learn how to gain public recognition for their organization and themselves.  There will be a focus on how to communicate effectively with different audiences.   Students will gain personal communication skills in marketing their nonprofit and themselves. Students will also learn auditory and language skills. The special skills needed to address politicians, media, and the general public as part of a social justice campaign will be reviewed.

NPLD 5012B - CAREER DEVELOPMENT
1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)
Judy Paul, GBA

In this course on Career Development, students learn how to develop and advance their careers in the nonprofit field.   Students will learn resume, CV, and cover letter building skills. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in role play interviews with panels from search firms.  Finally, the use of transition planning in nonprofit leadership will be addressed.

NPLD 5100 - CAPSTONE: CREATING A NONPROFIT/SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP ORGANIZATION
3 Credits (Evening Course 4:00pm - 6:00pm)
Manoj Pardasani, GSS & Michael Pirson, GBA


The goal of this capstone class is to understand and carry out all aspects of developing and growing a traditional charitable nonprofit organization and a social entrepreneurship organization, which is a for-profit entity with a social purpose. Students will develop a nonprofit service or social entrepreneurial organization with the mission of delivering the most effective services, as well as providing social change leadership.  Students will work in teams. The teams will cover: initial mission, legal and governmental requirements, strategic plan, creating a board of directors, goals and objectives for the overall organization and departments and individual staff, writing a proposal for private and government grants, doing a fundraising and media plan, and developing an organizational evaluation plan.  Proposals will be presented to panels of members of nonprofit boards of trustees and nonprofit leaders.
 
 

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