Nonprofit Management: Practices

Course Syllabus Focus

Nonprofit Sector
Alaimo, Salvatore

The nonprofit sector in the United States contains well over a million organizations and is growing rapidly. Nonprofits are an important part of our society, operate in many diverse areas of our economy, and are important for the initiation and implementation of many government programs and services. It has been recognized that one of the biggest issues facing the nonprofit sector today is the quality of management. Nonprofits are faced with a multitude of challenges and the leaders of today’s nonprofits must be prepared to face a complex environment which is rapidly changing on many fronts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be proficient in:

  • Developing critical analysis skills, primarily through intensive reading and writing
  • Gaining knowledge of nonprofit management methods and practices
  • Acquiring an understanding of laws and standards applicable to nonprofit organizations
  • Enhancing experience in analyzing management dilemmas and proposing responses
  • Strengthening the ability to effectively present and defend positions
  • Becoming familiar with resources useful for further investigation of nonprofit management

Blog Posts

More on time, value, and time limits

February 19, 2018

A new report applies a theory of time and value in philanthropy to three real cases, to see how a foundation could decide whether to operate with a limited life, based on the amount and kind of value it hopes to create.


Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation