Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 




M.S. Course Descriptions


FALL TERM

HISTORY AND OVERVIEW OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

3 Credits - Weekend Immersion (All Day Thursday - Sunday)

This course provides students with a history and overview of nonprofit organizations, and their roles in social change. In particular, the course will review the use of social issues as a strategy for positive branding for an organization. The course aims to provide an overview of the scope and structures of nonprofit organizations, historical developments, and advocacy in nonprofits.

- Professor Ji Seon Lee

ORGANIZATIONAL PLANNING

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)

The overarching objective of this course is to enable leaders of nonprofit organizations to advance the cause of social justice by:
1.    Building a culture of competence, credibility and caring;
2.    Motivating their organizations to deliver the highest levels of quality and performance; and
3.    Collaborating with outside organizations to encourage corporate responsibility.
- Professor William Catucci

ORGANIZATIONAL FINANCE

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)

Organizational Finance focuses on the planning, reporting, and financial decision making in nonprofit organizations. One-half of the course addresses the business planning process, with special attention paid to unique issues facing nonprofits, and budgeting for social change projects.

The other half of the course focuses on developing operating budgets, managing working capital, and analyzing organizational fiscal health. The course includes problem solving and a team project, all of which integrate moral and equity issues related to social justice and its impact on society as a whole.

- Professor Philip Conte

STAFF MANAGEMENT

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)

This course explores how pressure from governments, unions, investors and social pressure have all had a strong impact on the corporate social conscience. The class will examine morality (right and wrong) related to managing others. The ultimate objective is to help current and future managers identify opportunities to make the most efficient decisions that are considered ethical and include principles of social justice.

- Professor Carl Gold

TECHNOLOGY FOR NONPROFITS

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)

This is an introduction to IT in nonprofit organizations emphasizing managerial excellence and social justice. This course surveys key technologies for nonprofit organizations and the ways that managers can use these technologies to change their organizations to increase effectiveness and efficiency. Important aspects of IT for social justice, digital divide, social effects of IT and IT for development are also explored.

- Professor Paul Fibkins

SPRING TERM


FUNDRAISING

3 Credits
- Weekend Immersion (All Day Thursday - Sunday)

Fundraising, emphasizing social justice, immerses learners in an intensive resource development experience. Beginning by creating a common understanding of the key revenue streams and their commonalities and differences, the course then moves to the specific opportunities and challenges inherent in securing support for social justice activities. Case material from successfully funded social justice campaigns, as well as literature produced by foundations and private donors, will be infused wherever possible. In addition, a strong focus will be maintained on building funding programs to support social justice activities.

- Professor Lauri Goldkind

PROGRAM DESIGN AND GRANT WRITING

3 Credits -
14 Weeks (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)

This course provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills to identify the need for new programs and their development within an existing nonprofit organization, including large scale social change efforts. Then the course will turn to creating grant proposals to obtain funding for them and evaluate their impact. Students learn the process by which agency staff identify specific program issues that may advance human rights and social justice for a large population sector, and then design a program that infuses a social justice policy initiative and that facilitates intra-departmental collaboration and community coalition building. The course uses multiple teaching modalities, which include didactic lecture, individual and peer group support, experiential exercise, workbook activities and multimedia and information technology to maximize the potential for programmatic ideas to be realized.

- Professor Tina Maschi

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)

Students in Career Development will learn the key aspects of conducting a successful job search for leadership opportunities in the nonprofit sector. By the completion of the course, students will have created a self-marketing portfolio for themselves, which they will put to use in their job searches, including resume, cover letters, thank you notes, Linked In profile, interview questions/responses, plus the creation of networking and research plans. Students will have the opportunity to hear from and practice their networking skills with leaders in the area of social justice.

- Professor Judy Paul


ETHICS, LEGAL REQUIREMENTS & BOARD DEVELOPMENT

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)

This course will cover fundamental legal requirements and best practices respecting governance of various types of nonprofit organizations. Particular attention will be given to the responsibilities of directors, trustees and officers as well as to board development. Central questions addressed will relate to the ethical imperative of nonprofits to advocate for social justice and the legal constraints on advocacy by nonprofit organizations. The course is designed to help nonprofit executives identify, understand and manage key legal, ethical and governance issues in advancing their organizations and causes.

- Professor William Toppeta

SUMMER TERM


PUBLIC ADVOCACY

3 Credits - Weekend Immersion (All Day Thursday - Sunday)

This course will provide a context for students to learn knowledge and skills about developing and leading social change initiatives through public advocacy. Effective political participation requires an understanding of the public policy arena and mastering knowledge and skills that may be applied when developing and executing strategies and tactics to do public advocacy. This course will give participants experience in doing public policy advocacy, and an awareness of the many players and stakeholders involved and the type of leadership that is required. Students will select public policy issues from their nonprofit work and will develop proposals for advocacy campaigns affecting social changes that address these issues.


- Professor Gregory Acevedo

THE INTERNATIONAL NONPROFIT

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)

This course will address competencies required by the complex nature of global issues, the changes in governance at the local and the global level, and the different demands of world economy. Culture, ethics, social justice and human rights will be considered throughout the course as important elements shaping the mission, roles, and outcomes of international nonprofits and their ability to achieve social change on an international level.

- Professor Marciana Popescu

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 6:00pm - 8:00pm)

Using an evidence informed model of program Getting to Outcome (GTO) as a foundation for the study of program evaluation, this course cover the essentials of evaluating nonprofit organizations using both formative and summative evaluation designs. This course will teach students to formulate evaluation designs that promote the human rights, advance social justice, and promote well-being. The protection of the rights of clients and consumers of human services are emphasized.

- Professor Larry Farmer

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)

This course will engage students in learning marketing strategy to gain knowledge of “best practice” approaches and tactics to market nonprofits and construct social justice outreach to better educate the larger society. Combining classroom discussion, case exercises and hands-on projects, participants will gain insight into the dynamics involved in successful marketing. Actual cases will be utilized as part of the learning experience, including a major project where students will use traditional and social marketing techniques to advance a number of current nonprofit marketing/advocacy campaigns.

- Professor John Winkleman

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

1.5 Credits - 8 Weeks (Evening Course 8:00pm - 10:00pm)

Much of the work of nonprofit leaders involves “advocacy,” not only to grow your own business but also to take advantage of opportunities to help make the world a better place in the process. This course is designed to produce a change in students’ ability to “speak up and speak out” and accomplish both. Students will learn how to structure a presentation, how to speak with passion and humor, and how to persuade, inform, convince, inspire. The end product is more powerful “you”, a more effective, stronger, nonprofit leader and advocate for social justice.

- Professor Kevin Daley

CAPSTONE:

3 Credits - 14 Weeks (Evening Course 4:00pm - 6:00pm)

CREATING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE:
The concepts covered relate to social innovation and how social justice can be achieved through enterprising organizations. The class focuses on the understanding of societal problems and opportunities, the development and creation of a strategy and a theory of change as well as a variety of ensuing resource mobilization models. Students review case studies of social enterprises and propose for development their own social enterprise.

- Professor Michael Pirson

CREATING A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION:  From a framework of human rights, social and economic justice and empowerment, students will then move draw on knowledge they gained from previous courses to design a charitable agency. They will create mission, goals and objectives, structure and services of the organization. Board development, the incorporation process, budgeting, fundraising and marketing will be addressed as well as program evaluation. The focus will be on creating a charitable agency that through the process of design, the design itself, and the development and operations, will offer a transformative experience for clients, staff and board and make an impact through effective social change.

- Professor Roberta Herche
 
 

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