PADM 4226
Introduction To Non-Profit Organizations
3 Credit Hours

Course Information
Course Description: Historically, private nonprofit institutions have served as mechanisms for citizen participation, social responsibility, and collective action in the resolution of societal problems. From social service agencies, foundations and churches to museums, schools, and professional associations, the nonprofit sector includes a diverse array of organizations, all chartered with a particular public or collective purpose. This course introduces the nonprofit sector of organizations and the role(s) it plays in society.

The course will utilize readings, discussion, case studies, and a written assignments to expand student awareness of the scope and breadth of the nonprofit sector in the United States, examine the inner workings of nonprofit organizations, and provide a foundation for further study related to the field of nonprofit organizations.

Course Objectives: This is a survey course examining theoretical, philosophical, practical and ethical perspectives related to nonprofit organization creation and administration. Upon completion of the course, the student will possess an understanding of:

1) the historical development of the nonprofit sector,

2) the multiple rationales for the existence of the nonprofit sector,

3) the distinctive characteristics of nonprofit organizations,

4) the structures, processes and complexities of organizational governance shared by volunteer board members and professional staff,

5) the dynamic environment of the contemporary nonprofit organization, and

6) the current issues of importance to nonprofit decision makers.

Prerequisites and Corequisites: None.
Course Topics: History and Scope of the Nonprofit Sector; Starting a nonprofit Organization; Nonprofit Governance; Strategic Planning; Program Evaluation, Revenue Acquisition and Marketing; Volunteerism; Financial Management; Risk Management; Lobbying and Political Activity; and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector.
Specific Course Requirements:  
Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements
Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course:

Supplementary Materials: None.
Hardware Requirements: See RODP Minimum Requirements
Software Requirements: See RODP Minimum Requirements
Assessment and Grading
Testing Procedures: Exams will be "open-book." Exams are designed to both reinforce key concepts and allow the individual student to expand his or her knowledge base through personal research work or from other students in the class via chats and discussions.
Grading Procedure: All exams will be provided on-line a minimum of seven days before the due date. Late exams will be penalized one letter grade for each 24 hour period late up to 72 hours. Any exam over 72 hours late will receive a failing grade and not completing the final exam will result in an automatic failing grade. All assignment dates for a given module will be announced upon the start of that module and will also be listed in the assignments section of the course calendar. While the grading emphasis of the assigned written assignment will be on their topical content and quality, consideration will be given to the technical quality of the writing; therefore grammar, spelling, sentence structure, organization, and the like should not be ignored.
Grading Scale: The following grading scale and assignment value percentages will apply:

100 to 91 - A
90 to 81 - B
80 to 71 - C
70 to 61 - D
60 and below - F

Assignments and Participation
Assignments and Projects: The course will be structured into learning modules. Each module will have readings and graded activities such as case study analysis, development of a case study, written exams, and class participation.
Class Participation: You will be expected to participate in all interactive aspects of the course. For example, you will be assigned to groups at various points in the course to discuss case studies. You are also expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource. Students must check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements and must actively participate in threaded discussion events.
Punctuality: The course is divided into modules to give you a structure to your progress through the course material. You need to meet deadlines or due dates of projects, discussions, assignments, exams, and all aspects of the course.
Course Ground Rules
Online participation is required. In addition to completing readings and assignments, you will be expected to...

-communicate with other students in team projects -learn how to navigate in WebCT -keep abreast of course announcements -use the assigned e-mail address in WebCT (as opposed a personal e-mail address)

Be sure to address technical problems immediately and observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications
Email: 1. Always include a subject line.
2. Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
3. Use standard fonts.
4. Do not send large attachments without permission.
5. Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
6. Respect the privacy of other class members.
Discussion Groups: 1. Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
2. Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
3. Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other's ideas. 4. Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
5. Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
6. Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
7. Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Chat: 1.Introduce yourself to the other learners in the chat session.
2.Be polite. Choose your words carefully. Do not use derogatory statements.
3.Be concise in responding to others in the chat session.
4.Be prepared to open the chat session at the scheduled time.
5.Be constructive in your comments and suggestions.
Web Resources: TBA


The Tennessee Board of Regents Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in the Regents Degree Program. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading must be included in all courses. 

Students With Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

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