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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

who should take this course?

Nonprofit Arts Management and Leadership is for current or aspiring nonprofit workers who want to develop the technical and leadership necessary to succeed in the nonprofit sector. If you are looking to develop a vision for the future of your nonprofit and avoid the pitfalls and common mistakes of community leaders, this course will give you the foundation you need to build a sustainable nonprofit.

Course pricing and details:

  • 3-Credit Tuition: $500
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $500
  • Fees: $40 Registration Fee
  • Duration: 8 Weeks

Course Outline

Week One

  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Mission-Driven Organizations
  • Mission Statements
  • Mission Drift, Values, & Vision Statement

Week Two

  • Nonprofit Formation
  • Federal Tax-Exempt Status
  • Financial Reporting

Week Three

  • Organization of Nonprofits
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nonprofit Staff

Week Four

  • Contributed Income Revenue
  • Donations
  • Grants
  • The Grant Process
  • Capital Campaigns

Week Five

  • Earned Income
  • Selling Goods and Services
  • Memberships and Sponsorships

Week Six

  • The Impact of Marketing
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Strategic Partnerships

Week Seven

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Accountability
  • Conflict of Interest
  • The Future of Ethical Standards

Week Eight

  • Technology Trends
  • Online Platforms
  • The Bigger Picture

Stack to Earn a Professional Certificate

Nonprofit Management and Leadership can be applied to the following certificate programs:

Nonprofit Arts Management Professional Certificate
General Creative Studies Professional Certificate

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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

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