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Class Highlight - Nonprofit Management

nonprofit management class

What class?

LSAL 4163 - Nonprofit Management

Why is it cool?

Nonprofit careers offer an increased potential for innovation and creativity in the workplace, as well as an opportunity to make a real impact in communities through service and compassion. That may be why the nonprofit sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

For those seeking the intangible rewards that come only from working in an area they’re passionate about, a nonprofit career may be a perfect fit. The Nonprofit Management course will offer students a basic understanding of what it takes to successfully run a nonprofit business.

The course covers everything from the legal structure of a nonprofit company to financial management and planning. Students will gain global, social and historical perspectives of nonprofits, as well as an understanding of how to manage people and work with government entities.

One of the coolest things about the course is that students get to create their own small, start-up nonprofit organization and prepare a strategic plan for it. They also will spend time looking at the tax structure of operating a nonprofit, as well as the consequences of not complying with tax laws.

Most of us will encounter nonprofits in some form or another. Whether it’s as an employee or a volunteer, students will be able to apply the lessons from this course in their daily lives as they strive to make a difference in their communities and in the world.

“It’s still cool to be able to help others that really need help because of poverty, physical limitation or other things in life that may have hit them hard,” said instructor Thomas Herskowitz. “This class gives very practical ideas and help to allow students to make a difference in this world now, not 30 years from now.”

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.