Important Dates
Fall term 2 begins
Oct 21


Managing a successful nonprofit is a balancing act between short-term strategy and long-term vision. In this course, you will learn how to strike that perfect balance with proven strategies to lead a sustainable and mission-driven nonprofit. Explore innovative approaches to financial planning, fundraising, staff organization, leadership, branding, marketing, and future trends.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • Strong mission and vision statement
  • Deep dive on financial reporting and nonprofit tax law
  • Strategies for organizing staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers
  • Actionable plans for fundraising and revenue generation
  • Forward-thinking approaches to marketing and branding

Course pricing and details:

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  • 3-Credit Tuition: $897
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $705
  • Fees: $40 Registration Fee
  • Duration: 8 Weeks

Earn a Professional Certificate:

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Nonprofit Management and Leadership can be applied to our Nonprofit Arts Management Professional Certificate and General Creative Studies Professional Certificate.

As nonprofit entities continue to grow, it is imperative that entrepreneurs develop the skills required to manage these complex organizations. Our flexible, online courses are 8-weeks long and asynchronous to accommodate your busy schedule.

What will you learn in Nonprofit Management and Leadership?  

Week One:
-Mission-Driven Organizations
-Mission Statements
-Mission Drift, Values and Vision Statement
-Assignment: Researching a Nonprofit Organization

Week Two:
-Nonprofit Formation
-Federal Tax-Exempt Status
-Annual Financing Reporting
-Assignment: Legal Structure

Week Three:
-Organization for Nonprofits
-Development and Management
-Staff, Salary Limits and Market Rate
-Assignment: Board of Directors Research

Week Four:
-Contributed Income
-The Grant Process & Foundations
-Corporate Grants

Week Five:
-Fundraising and Revenue Generation Part I—Individual Income
-Admissions and Ticket Sales
-Memberships and Sponsorships
-Assignment: Form 990 and Financial Disclosures

Week Six:
-Strategic Partnerships

Week Seven:
-Ethical Leadership
-Accountability, Trust, Bias and Compensation
-Conflict of Interest & Solicitation
-Trends and Best Practices
-Assignment: Gates Foundation Case Study

Week Eight:
-Digital Trends
-Live Reporting, Snapchat and Online Giving
-Internet of Things & Demographic Shifts
-Platform Examples and Big Data Revolution
-Assignment: Final Project

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Cara Dehnert Huffman

Cara Dehnert Huffman is an attorney, nonprofit executive, and passionate supporter of the arts and entertainment industries. In addition to teaching, Dehnert Huffman is an active writer and contributor to major art publications and other media outlets, including Chicago Artist Resource, Chicago Art Magazine and more, as well as a strategic planning and philanthropic consultant.

She has previous legal and arts administration experience as the former Executive Director of I Am Logan Square as well as with the Illinois Arts Council, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and other creative organizations in Chicago and nationwide.

Course: Nonprofit Management and Leadership