Course Sessions
Winter Term Begins
Jan 7


Explore the diverse landscape of the nonprofit industry to prepare for a variety of careers within this growing space. Although it important to understand public and private business practices while working in the nonprofit sector, it is also key to be skilled in the areas of fundraising, grant writing, board governance, volunteer management and regulatory impacts. As a passionate, service-oriented individual, you will develop the fundamentals necessary to be successful at any nonprofit organization. 
  • Develop key skills to take your career in nonprofit management to new heights.  
  • Collaborate with other creatives on strategic ways to fundraise in today’s economy.  
  • Learn the fundamentals of nonprofit management in arts and cultural organizations directly from experienced professionals working in the field.

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 Arts Management?  

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

Cara Dehnert Huffman Photo

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 Arts Management