Course Catalog: Nonprofit Leadership Courses
The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Leader’s Journey
Learning to lead requires reflection. Reflect on leaders’ stories and case studies and apply principles of leadership these real life scenarios. Demonstrate the ability to apply these principles to self and to a leadership project that they are working on for this course.
Leadership, Community and Change
Covering the leaders role in community change, have the opportunity to reflect, problem solve, and apply knowledge of leadership to themselves, to their developing professional roles and gain in-sight as advocates for social change. Emphasizes understanding community development and working with groups through under-standing diverse perspectives, collaboration, shared purpose, and resolving controversy with civility. Prerequisite: HDP 122/123.
Community Leadership and Social Change
Focusing on leadership through a social change model, this course covers how to assess community need and engage with the community, while developing support for social change efforts. Students will explore the roles and challenges of leadership, how to plan and implement a change or advocacy effort as they develop skills and practical experience in group dynamics.
Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy
Develop a knowledge base for understanding leadership theories and forms of leadership, organizational theory, building an effective multicultural organization, knowledge of the decision making process, and how to create a mission-driven organization with a focus on excellence.
Covering skills and knowledge needed for effective organizational governance, this course addresses issues such as legal and ethical aspects of management and leadership; effectively working with boards of directors and trustees; leadership succession; internal structure and policy making; laws and regulations; creating a culture of excellence; and maintaining an ethical workplace.
Planning, Evaluation, and Marketing
Provides a theoretical and practical knowledge of program planning and evaluation, basic marketing theories, logic modeling, change theory, and how to create and sustain effective programs and services.
Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management
Covers financial analysis and planning, performance measurement and benchmarking, different accounting methods, government rules and regulations, identifying and assessing resources, and revenue generation and constraints.
Leading Organizational Change
Covers theories and foundations of change, growth and transformation; the decision-making process; theories of organizational, group and individual behavior in a change context; strategic planning; assessing and analyzing an organization’s strategic/competitive position; and creating change that is inclusive of staff, board and the organization’s various constituencies.
Focusing on the skills, knowledge and theories needed to create a high engagement, high expectations workplace that respects and encourages the talents and contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Students will learn about emerging trends and examine theories of human behavior, issues relevant to supervision and leadership, and personnel management and governance.
Effective Organizational Communication
Provides an understanding of how communication defines and drives mission based organizations. Organizational communication approaches and how they apply to nonprofit workplaces will be examined to understand strategies for effective communications. Students will develop tools and skills for communicating effectively with various constituencies and managing public relations activities.
Nonprofit Resource Development
Covers the various sources of funding for nonprofits and higher education, students will learn about corporate, government and foundation funding; individual giving and contributions; and how to develop entrepreneurial subsidiaries to produce a new income stream.
Nonprofit Leadership Capstone I
Provides critical real-world learning experiences. First course of a 2-semester sequence, students work in groups addressing a priority, issue or service delivery challenge on an area of need identified by a partner nonprofit or higher education institution. Includes a bi-weekly on campus seminar. Prerequisite: Completion of 4 course foundation sequence.
Nonprofit Leadership Capstone II
Provides critical real-world learning experiences. First course of a 2-semester sequence, students work in groups addressing a priority, issue or service delivery challenge on an area of need identified by a partner nonprofit or higher education institution. Includes a bi-weekly on campus seminar. Prerequisite: Completion of 4 course foundation sequence and NPL 710.