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Nonprofits 101

Take a course customized for AmeriCorps and national service members. Gain skills necessary to effectively lead a nonprofit organization. Learn from top faculty and professionals in the field.

NC State's Department of Public Administration, in partnership with the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, offers a free online course to provide nonprofit management training for AmeriCorps and national service members serving in North Carolina.

Nonprofits 101 makes students familiar with the roles of North Carolina's nonprofits and covers essential topics for successfully managing a nonprofit organization. Topics are presented by NC State and UNC System Public Administration faculty, doctoral students and leading professionals in the field.

Course Schedule

The free course will be delivered online via Zoom webinar and NC State’s Moodle learning platform on alternating Fridays from noon to 2 p.m., Oct. 25, 2019 to May 29, 2020. Non-lecture weeks will include targeted readings and homework assignments with content immediately applicable to students’ current organizations.

  • 10/25/2019 - Orientation to the Nonprofit Sector
  • 11/8/2019 - History of Philanthropy & US Nonprofit Sector
  • 11/22/2019 - Organizational Structure and Culture
  • 12/6/2019 - Governance: Boards and Board Management
  • 12/20/2019 - Leadership and Leading for Results
  • 1/17/2020 - Financial Management
  • 1/31/2020 - Fundraising
  • 2/14/2020 - Volunteer and Human Resource Management
  • 2/28/2020 - Communications and Writing for a Purpose
  • 3/20/2020 - Program Evaluation
  • 4/3/2020 - Managing for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • 4/17/2020 - Social Entrepreneurship
  • 5/1/2020 - Advocacy: Public Education and Lobbying
  • 5/15/2020 - Networks: Building Relationships Across Organizations and Boundaries
  • 5/29/2020 - Reflections on Nonprofits Across North Carolina

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No prerequisite degrees or course credits are required to enroll in this free course. To be considered eligible for Nonprofits 101, students must:

  • Be an AmeriCorps member serving within North Carolina, and
  • Be engaging in a term of service that spans at least from October 2019 through May 2020
A volunteer works with clients at a local nonprofit.

Course Outcomes

The knowledge and skills gained through this course will strengthen students’ preparedness for a career in nonprofit leadership. Students will also earn a Certificate of Completion, signed by NC State University and the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. 

Students who complete Nonprofits 101 earn a three-credit reduction in credits required for a Master in Public Administration degree from NC State as well as six continuing education credits.

Application Information

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2019

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For more information, please contact Richard Clerkin at