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Public Administration: Nonprofit Governance & Devl

PA 395 Z1 (CRN: 92363)

3 Credit Hours

About PA 395 Z1

This class focuses on developing an effective nonprofit board of directors and the art of raising funds for nonprofit organizations. In order to gain valuable practical experience, students will simulate serving on a board with fiduciary responsibility for a fictitious organization. Learning goals for the course are: 1. To understand the basic structure of nonprofit governance and gain a deep understanding of the role and function of a nonprofit board of trustees, including governing documents and fiduciary responsibilities. 2. To understand fundraising and the board?s role in fundraising. To examine in depth the different revenue development options available to nonprofit organizations I expect you to arrive each week having read the assigned material and prepared to participate actively in the class discussions. One half (more or less) of the class will be conducted as a board meeting, responsibility for chairing the meeting and taking minutes will rotate among students. The board as a whole will be responsible for different activities, starting with the establishment of the nonprofit, creation of operating documents and board policies, committee structure and revenue development.


Jane Van Buren ()

Related Programs

Health Care Management and Pre-MPA


Graduate level; Open to both CE and Degree students


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Section Description

This course explores the purpose and function of nonprofit boards of directors: how are they organized?, what is their role and how do they interact with the executive director? The course also explores the art of nonprofit fundraising (excluding grant writing)

Section Expectation

Students are expected to create a fictitious nonprofit organization, form its board and develop and implement an actual fundraiser. Students should leave the class with a solid understanding of the mechanics of nonprofit revenue development and the roles of board members.


Students will be evaluated on class participation, and will be required to present a final case study.


Course runs from to



Angell Lect Ctr B104 (View Campus Map)


to on Wednesday

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