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

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