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.

Learner Outcomes

  • An increased understanding of the role of nonprofits in the Unite States as well as the different sub-sectors within the sector
  • Knowledge of the predominant models and theories of nonprofit management and the current trends shaping activity in the sector
  • Understanding of key theories of board governance
  • Substantial knowledge about the essential role of sound business practices in the operation of nonprofit corporations

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Required Materials: All required materials are available through the online learning platform.

Technical Requirements




“A fantastic overview for those in or looking to enter the nonprofit sector.” --Stephen Aherne
“[Course, MGT-X800], Enabled me to well informed it the field. I would recommend this course to nonprofit employees.” -- Ryan Smith, DIrector of Communications, Beacon House

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


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Online Fixed-Date
Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 10, 2020
Course Format
Course Fee(s)
BUS PD - $299 credit (1 units) $299.00
Available for Extension Credit
1 units
Section Notes

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