Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy
School: Philanthropy University
Start Date: September 29, 2015 (8 Weeks Long)
Workload: 2-3 Hours Per Week
Instructor: Paul Brest
Credentials: Brest is the former dean of Stanford Law School, who currently teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A constitutional scholar, Brest now focuses his energies on teaching public policy and decision-making. He is also the co-author of Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment and Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy.
Graded: Not specified.
Description: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” Credit Yogi Berra for that bit of wisdom on strategy. Without a strategy, you’re bound to miss opportunities, squander your resources, and ultimately fail your stakeholders. In this course, students will apply strategy to the nonprofit sector, using examples from homelessness and childhood obesity. In particular they “will learn how to undertake the basic elements of strategy: define the problem, identify stakeholders, design a theory of change and logic model, and establish assessment criteria” to boost their nonprofit’s impact. The course will be taught through articles and videos, with students completing individual or team assignments that apply strategy to a social issue or organization of their choice.
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