UCLA PPM228 Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations

PPM228Course description

The course is designed to help students understand how nonprofit organizations exercise leadership in society and how to exercise leadership in nonprofits. Leadership will be the lens through which the class will explore theory, policy, and management of nonprofit organizations. The main focus will be on Los Angeles. There will be special attention to how nonprofits are functioning in the “new normal” consisting of greater need, concentrated wealth, increased poverty and decreased social mobility, and its effects on advocacy, collaboration, and program evaluation. There will be work in teams throughout the course, focusing on particular nonprofit organizations and missions, and a final project that will take shape when I better understand the backgrounds and interests of the students as well as the size of the class. Students who are associated with or associate themselves with a nonprofit organization that reflects their values and aspirations will get the most out of the class. This course will examine the context, issues, and skills associated with leadership and management of nonprofit organizations in the context of civil society. In particular the course will provide an understanding of civil society and the nonprofit sector; strategic planning; collaboration and partnerships; advocacy, and adaptive leadership in the nonprofit sector. The course is designed for graduate students in the UCLA School of Public Affairs as an elective that complements the Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning curriculums.


Bill Parent (Fall quarter, 2015)


http://luskin.ucla.edu/sites/default/files/Falll%202015%20Sullabus2.pdf, accessed 25 December 2015.

Link to syllabus on the Atlas


Week-by-week listing of topics and assigned readings

Week 1: Nonprofits: Some History and Observations on the State of the Sector

Lester Salamon. “The Resilient Sector: The Future of Nonprofit America,” in The State of NonProfit America, Second Edition, edited by Lester Salamon (The Brookings Institution Press, 2012)

Week 2: Leadership, Mission, Structure: Starting a Nonprofit

Joseph S. Nye, Hard Power, Soft Power and Leadership, at http://www.hks.harvard.edu/netgov/files/talks/docs/11_06_06_seminar_Nye_HP_SP_Leadership.pdf, accessed 25 December 2015.

Steps to Form a California Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organization, at http://www.publiccounsel.org/tools/assets/files/npincorp_steps.pdf, accessed 25 December 2015.

Week 3: Philanthropy

Leslie Lenowsky. “Foundations and Corporate Philanthropy,” in The State of NonProfit America, Second Edition, edited by Lester Salamon (The Brookings Institution Press, 2012) (in reader)

John Kania and Mark Kramer, “Collective Impact,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011, at http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/collective_impact, accessed 25 December 2015.

Week 4: The Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles

Robert D. Putnam. E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century. The 2006 Johan Skytte Prize Lecture, at http://www.aimlessgromar.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/j-1467-9477-2007-00176-x.pdf, accessed 25 December 2015.

UCLA Center for Civil Society, Stressed and Stretched: The State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles, 2002-2012, at, accessed 25 December 2015.

Week 5: Sustaining a Nonprofit: Money and Fundraising

Marshall Ganz, What Is Public Narrative?, at https://comm-org.wisc.edu/syllabi/ganz/WhatisPublicNarrative5.19.08.htm, accessed 25 December 2015.

William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen, Ten Nonprofit Funding Models. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2009, at http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/ten_nonprofit_funding_models, accessed 25 December 2015.

Center for Civil Society Case Study – Leadership Succession at the Community Coalition, for details see http://civilsociety.ucla.edu/scholars/case-studies-los-angeles-nonprofits, accessed 25 December 2015.

Week 6: Sustaining a Nonprofit – Lifecycle Transitions

Keys to Life Cycle Transitions adapted from The Five Stages of Nonprofits, Judith Sharken Simon, 2002

Center for Civil Society Case Study – The Actor’s Gang, for details see http://civilsociety.ucla.edu/scholars/case-studies-los-angeles-nonprofits, accessed 25 December 2015.

Week 7: Advocacy

Susan Rees, Effective Nonprofit Advocacy, The Aspen Institute Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, Working Paper Series, 1998 Executive Summary pp. 1-6.

Theresa Anasti and Jennifer E. Mosely, We are Not Just a Band-Aid – How Homeless Service Providers in Chicago Carry out Policy Advocacy, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, November 2009, at http://www.thecyberhood.net/documents/projects/anasti09.pdf, accessed 25 December 2015.

Week 8: Business Models and Social Enterprise

Mike Aiken, Social Enterprise Typology, Washington D.C.: Virtue Ventures LLC, http://rinovations.edublogs.org/files/2008/07/setypology.pdf, accessed 25 December 2015.

Week 9: Presentations

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