Voluntarism and the Nonprofit Sector

Course Syllabus Focus

Nonprofit Sector
Alaimo, Salvatore

The nonprofit sector in the United States contains 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 initiate and implement many government programs and services. 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.   

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • understand the unique role of philanthropy and voluntary action in our society
  • describe and distinguish the diverse roles and typologies of nonprofit organizations
  • critically make decisions for personal involvement in volunteerism and other philanthropic activity
  • critically analyze nonprofit management situations and dilemmas, and convey strategic recommendations for action

Blog Posts

Start Spreadin’ the News

October 3, 2018

The Charles H. Revson Foundation and six philanthropic partners this week launched a new local news outlet in America’s largest city.


Nov 14

Join Professor Joel Fleishman and the Executive Vice President for Program at the Ford Foundation, Hilary Pennington - for the Foundation Impact Re