PUBPOL 355: Special Topics in Nonprofits

Covers various topics regarding nonprofit essentials. Example of this course, which has been offered in each of the last three years (winter 2018, fall 2018, spring 2020):

Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation

This course examines how individuals and organizations—including nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations–can most effectively produce positive social change. By looking at the key issues facing social sector organizations, we will investigate the operational, managerial, and policy approaches that social sector leaders can take to advance their mission and increase their impact. We will explore how individual, organizational, and societal levels of analysis offer different ways to solve pressing social issues, as well as when and how it is appropriate to integrate innovation into decision-making.

Current and Past Course Instructors

  • Erica Barnhart

    Director of the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
    Associate Teaching Professor

  • Mary Kay Gugerty

    Nancy Bell Evans Professor in Nonprofit Management