Online Class: Creating and Managing a Non-Profit Organization

Creating and managing a non-profit organization is a noble effort, one that takes a lot of work in order for goals to be reached.

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Course Description

Unveiling the Noble Art of Non-Profit Creation: A Compass for Change-makers

Embarking on the journey to create a non-profit is akin to setting forth on a quest for societal betterment. While the ambition is noble, the path is intertwined with complexities that demand foresight, meticulous planning, and an unwavering passion. Just as a masterful sculptor transforms a block of stone into a work of art, crafting a thriving non-profit requires intricate chiseling, strategic strikes, and a clear vision of the masterpiece to be unveiled.

Mapping Your Non-Profit Odyssey

  • Preparatory Research: Embarking on this adventure is akin to navigating a labyrinth. The intricate passageways of legalities, societal needs, and competition are best navigated with diligent research as your torch. Understand the existing ecosystem, the gaps your organization might fill, and potential legal intricacies. The right research is the cornerstone, illuminating your path ahead.

  • The Heart of Your Venture – Mission Statement: This isn't just a statement; it's the soul of your organization. It articulates your purpose, aspirations, and the beacon guiding your actions. As your organization evolves, this touchstone ensures alignment with its core values.

  • Strategizing Success – Business Plan: A non-profit, though not for profit, remains an enterprise. Strategize its journey by penning down a comprehensive business plan. Think of this as your organization's DNA, holding instructions for marketing, growth, governance, and fiscal management.

  • Steering the Ship – Board of Directors: The stalwarts, the custodians of trust, the helmsmen of your ship. Their collective decisions will set the course, ensuring alignment with your vision and mission.

  • Legal Foundations – Incorporation: Incorporate your non-profit in alignment with the legal tapestry of your state. This not only offers legitimacy but paves the way for tax exemptions.

  • Financial Fortitude: While passion fuels your cause, finances ensure its journey. Understand start-up costs, explore funding avenues, and cultivate a robust financial strategy to safeguard your venture's future.

  • Echoing Your Cause – Marketing: An anthem needs a voice. Through strategic marketing, amplify your cause, connect with benefactors, and create ripples of change.

  • Ensuring Perpetuity – Continued Compliance: A noble endeavor should not falter due to legal missteps. Continual compliance safeguards the integrity and longevity of your non-profit.

The Pulse of Passion: Drawing Inspiration

Every non-profit emanates from a spark—an inspirational moment, a vision. Yet, maintaining this flame requires perpetual kindling. Engage with your community, retrace your foundational inspirations, and remain receptive to the ever-evolving societal pulse. The world around is brimming with stories, events, and movements that can reignite passion, redefine objectives, and steer the ship in a new, impactful direction.

In essence, constructing a non-profit is an art—a symphony of strategy, passion, and dedication. As you journey through this course, consider it your masterclass, refining your skills and illuminating your path, ensuring that your noble endeavor doesn't just survive but thrives and inspires. Ready to sculpt change? The canvas awaits!

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Finding Inspiration and Creating a Mission Statement

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce you to the process and help you find the inspiration that is vital to the creation and management of a non-profit organization. Additional lesson topics: Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Guide to Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement; [How to] Start a Non-Profit Organization, Mission, Vision, Goals and Purpose; How to Start a Nonprofit Organization; How to Start A Nonprofit: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners 52 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introduce Yourself
  • Assessment: Quiz 1

Lesson 2: The Types Of Nonprofit Organizations

Each nonprofit is going to be different, not just with what each one does but in terms of its structure, organization, and legal status. Additional lesson topics: Not-For-Profit Organizations: Types and Examples; The Typical Non-Profit Organizational Structure; Nonprofit Resource Library Nonprofit Organizational Charts; Types of Nonprofit Organizations 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 2

Lesson 3: Naming Your Nonprofit: Deciding on the Details

The reputation of a nonprofit can be heavily impacted by its identifying details if they are not formed and handled properly. Additional lesson topics: Choose a Name for your Nonprofit; Several of the Biggest Struggles for Nonprofits and How to Overcome ; How to Start a Nonprofit Organization -- Guidelines and Resources for Entrepreneurs; How to Name Your Nonprofit So Everyone Remembers It 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 3

Lesson 4: Choosing a Board of Directors

This lesson will cover everything that a nonprofit organization’s founders need to know about choosing a board of directors. Additional lesson topics: Nonprofit Board Members – Choose Wisely; How Should a Nonprofit Board of Directors Be Structured?; Board Roles and Responsibilities; Building Successful Non-Profit Boards 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 4

Lesson 5: Creating a Fundraising Schedule

In this lesson, you will learn what is involved with a fundraising schedule and what needs to be done to create an effective one. Also covered are the issues that can occur with fundraising schedules and what to do when there is a need to make changes. Additional lesson topics: The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide; Several Strategies to Take Your Fundraising to The Next Level; Fundraising Event Ideas for Nonprofits; How to Write a Successful Fundraising Plan 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 5

Lesson 6: Finding Members for a Nonprofit Organization

When creating a nonprofit, you need to devote time to finding and recruiting members to fill roles in the organization. Additional lesson topics: How to Pay Your Nonprofit's Staff; Finding the Right Board Members for your Nonprofit; Several Super Steps to Recruit Volunteers; Where can I find or post volunteer opportunities?; Compensation For Nonprofit Employees 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 6

Lesson 7: Developing Effective Leadership

The role of leader falls to the members of a nonprofit organization’s administration. This can include the board of directors, a CEO, an executive director, or any senior staffers that oversee different divisions of the organization. Additional lesson topics: How to Develop Yourself as a Nonprofit Leader; What Makes an Effective Leader; How to Improve Your Leadership Skills; What Makes for an Effective Leadership Development Program? 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 7

Lesson 8: Marketing

Marketing for a nonprofit organization is going to be different than the marketing used for for-profit businesses. Additional lesson topics: Five Ways to Build Your Nonprofit Brand's Buzzability; Why Non-Profits Need Marketing; Five Marketing Mistakes Nonprofits Need to Avoid; Several Unusual but Effective Ways to Market Your Non-Profit; Easy Steps to Marketing Your Nonprofit Organization; Several Marketing Realities Nonprofits Need to Accept to Succeed 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 8

Lesson 9: Fund Development

For a nonprofit to continue, they often need to address their funding and financial development throughout their organization’s operation. Additional lesson topics: The Difference Between Fundraising and Development; Fundraising vs. Development: A Useful Distinction? 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 9

Lesson 10: Performance Measurement

Measuring the performance of a nonprofit and all of its elements can profit its leaders with valuable information. Additional lesson topics: Measuring what matters in nonprofits; Nonprofit Performance Measures Worth Tracking; Performance Measurement and Improvement; Several Simple Steps to Effective Nonprofit Performance Measurement 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 10

Lesson 11: Managing Relationships

This lesson will discuss their value and the types of relationships that a nonprofit organization must foster for their success. Additional lesson topics: Managing Relationships in the Nonprofit Realm; Demystifying Nonprofit Constituent Relationship Management Systems ; Why Every Nonprofit Should Turn Stakeholders into Customers 45 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 11

Lesson 12: Additional Resources

This final lesson will cover the additional resources available to nonprofit organizations, their founders, managers, and members. 350 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Quiz 12
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define and create a mission statement for your non-profit organization.
  • Define the types of non-profit organizations.
  • Name your non-profit.
  • Choose a board of directors for non-profit organization.
  • Create a fundraising schedule.
  • Find members for a non-profit organization.
  • Develop effective leadership for your non-profit organization.
  • Describe marketing goals for your non-profit organization.
  • Summarize fund development.
  • Determine performance measurement for your non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Creating and Managing a Non-Profit Organization
Course Number: 9770485
Lessons Rating: 4.9 / 5 Stars (458 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: September 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Author: Theresa Smith
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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