Course Description

Managing a non-profit requires good management skills, but, more importantly, management skills tailored to the non-profit environment. While non-profit organizations (popularly referred to as non-governmental organisations (NGOs)) may have things in common with their commercial-minded cousins, such as the need for economic sustainability, non-profits have unique strengths and challenges. They believe in effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, commitment, accountability and transparency as their core trademark.

This course will examine the fundamental principles of non-profit management, explore the roles and responsibilities of a non-profit board of directors and the management teams, discover the essential aspects of resource mobilization, and the budgeting process.

The Strategic Nonprofit Management Online Training Program is particularly well suited for you if you’ve recently assumed management responsibilities in the nonprofit field, but it’s suitable for anyone who wants an introductory perspective on some of the unique issues facing the management of a non-profit organization. In addition to basic managerial skills, you’ll learn about leadership, communication, accounting, Organisational change, budgeting, and resource mobilization.

This course was basically developed to build the capacity of nonprofit actors as research has shown that many of those people occupying sensitive management positions in the nonprofit sector have little or no experience about running a nonprofit venture.

Course Objectives:

  1. To provide participants a thorough grounding in all aspects of nonprofit management, including board development, financial management, resource mobilization, marketing, program evaluation and nonprofit law.
  2. To give participants the skills and confidence to meet head-on the evolving demands of nonprofit administration.
  3. To give participants the skills and confidence to better meet their existing day-to-day challenges.
  4. To provide participants with a deeper and stronger knowledge of nonprofit management skills.


Participants will learn how to transform their good intentions into a professional plan of action. They will understand the unique characteristics of nonprofit organisations while mastering the core knowledge necessary to become an effective leader in the nonprofit arena.

Course Overview

This course examines important topics related to the nonprofit sector. Like other disciplines (e.g., economics, political science, psychology, and history) sociologists have their own theories about the origins of nonprofits, their growth, their roles in markets, political arenas, and civil society, their financial support, and their demise. Public administration takes a different approach; they have usually viewed nonprofits as partners with the state in the delivery of services.

This course will review major works from other disciplines and law, but will examine the fundamental principles of nonprofit management, explore the roles and responsibilities of a non-profit board of directors and the management teams, discover the essential aspects of resource mobilization, and the budgeting processes.

Class Format

The course requirements are that you attend every session and do the readings. You should be able to offer some insights on all the required readings in the course of the class discussion, but you will not be graded on your participation. You are also required to write assignments at the end of each module during the course of the training. These can be on either required or supplementary readings. You choose. These will be graded. Your assignments will count for 70% of your grade.

Written Assignments

You are also required to write assignments at the end of each module. The number of assignment varies depending on the content of the module.

It may take the form of a course discussion, a case study, or a research note (e.g., analysis of secondary data). The topic for discussion will always be given where this is required. We will accept incompletes up until March 25, 2011, without penalty. We will not accept assignments after that date and will assign a failing grade for the assignment. Participants may take the course pass/fail, but must do all the assignments and receive an overall grade of “B” or better to receive a passing grade.

Type of Exam:

This is for Grading Participants Performance: Critical review essays (30%).


At the end of the course all participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. Those that were unable to complete the course will join another session of the course later in the year.


Course Curriculum


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