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MGT-X800 Overview of the Nonprofit Sector

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Course Description

Make a Greater Difference: Learn How Nonprofits Work

This course provides a foundation for understanding nonprofit organizations within the greater context of the nonprofit sector and society as a whole. Students will learn about the characteristics of nonprofit organizations/nonprofit organizational structures, dimensions of the nonprofit sector, how the nonprofit sector developed in the U.S. and understand theories about why the sector exists in its current form. The economics of the nonprofit sector will be explored as will emerging sector trends.

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Learner Outcomes

  • Apply emerging financial trends to nonprofit management planning
  • Write grants that make a compelling case for funding
  • Build an effective nonprofit organization based on a clear understanding of the nonprofit mission, economic environment, and legal and compliance considerations

Course Details

Number of units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit in semester hours

Course Format: Offered as Classroom or Online Fixed-Date format

Instructor: Jennifer J. Jones is an independent consultant providing technical assistance to small businesses, nonprofits, and research firms on projects including public relations, media relations, marketing, technological outreach, and social media policies. Formerly, she held positions at Vista Community Clinic and UPLIFT/Kids at Heart and has volunteered at Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and the Peace Corps, Dominican Republic.  She has written many academic publications and is an expert presenter and guest lecturer in the nonprofit sector. Jennifer holds a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with Nonprofit Specialization.



Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series


  MGT-X800 - 009 Overview of the Nonprofit Sector      
  2015 - SU   Status:  Available
Online (fixed date):   26 May 2015 to 22 Jun 2015
Course Fee(s):
BUS Course Fee credit (1 units)   $349.00
Potential Discount(s):
BUS PD - Save 10%! 4 Week Early Registration
Section Fees:
One time only non-refundable certificate fee $100.00
  Available for Extension Credit: 1 units
Course Format:  Online Fixed Date