This course provides the student with a foundational knowledge of non-profit business enterprises. Particular emphasis will be given to Christian non-profit businesses. Emphasis will also be given to the common characteristics of all successful business enterprises, that is, what do non-profit business have in common with all for-profit businesses and in what significant ways do they differ.
In the United States, the primary focus of coursework in Business graduate programs is the for-profit sector. Non-profit management is a relatively new field of graduate professional education. Although still a small field compared with business management or public administration, non-profit management programs have grown rapidly. Liberty University recognizes that many of its Business graduates may seek a vocation in areas other than the for-profit sector. Thus, the rationale for this course is to provide graduate students with the essential skills necessary to lead, manage, and operate non-profit organizations.
II. Required Resource Purchase
Worth, M. (2011). Non-profit management: Principles and practice (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781412994453.
Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.
III. Additional Materials for Learning
A. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
B. Internet access (broadband recommended)
C. Microsoft Word
(Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)
IV. Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
A. Examine non-profit management, the non-profit sector, and non-profit organizations.
B. Analyze the governance and leadership aspects of non-profit organizations.
C. Assess the importance of management functions for the non-profit organization.
D. Compare and contrast the functions of obtaining and managing resources.
E. Apply Christian worldview perspective to non-profit management.
V. Course Requirements and Assignments
A. Textbook readings, articles and lecture presentations
B. Course Requirements Checklist
As the first activity in this course, please read the syllabus and Student Expectations. After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
C. Discussion Board forums (4)
Each Discussion Board is over a 2-week period and requires an initial thread of at least 400 words to be posted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned first week, and at least two replies, at least 200 words each, by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned second week. Students will be reviewing and analyzing case studies/journal articles for each Discussion Board.
D. Non-profit Analysis Project
This project starts with the student reading about a Christian worldview and reflecting upon it in a short essay. Then the student will select 10 different non-profit organizations to review. After narrowing the reviewed 10 down to one particular organization, the student will do an in-depth evaluation and assessment, providing a list of well-supported recommendations. This will culminate in a professional letter to the assessed organization with the recommendations. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 8.
E. Quizzes (4)
There will be 4 open-book quizzes over the Worth reading, each comprising 25...