Leading Nonprofits

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Course Number: 
GAFL 549

Course Section



  • Executive MPA

Course Type: 

  • Elective



  • Fall 2021

Course Format

Hybrid (on-campus and online)

On-campus meetings will be modified for summer and fall 2021 in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

On-Campus Day(s): 
On-Campus Time(s): 

Fall 2021: This is a hybrid course. It will meet virtually on Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. and in-person on the following Fridays: 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

On-Campus Location:

Online Day(s): 
Online Time: 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Course Description: 

Leading Nonprofit Organizations is designed for those interested in leading and managing a nonprofit organization. It takes a practitioner's perspective on strategic realities of modern practice. Each section will seek to rapidly orient a new manager to the complexities, strategic issues, & politics. The course is taught through a combination of theory and practice using selected readings, lectures, guest presentations, group activities (Mock senior staff discussions), and field assignments (pairing with area nonprofit leader and attendance at one of the organization's board meetings).

This course has seats reserved for Fels students and gives priority to grad students. Non-Fels students should contact Kate McAloon mcaloonk@sas.upenn.edu to request a permit.

This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326